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Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m.

Mysterious Nature and Lore
with the Capital Naturalist

Alonso Abugattas
Founder, Capital Naturalist

10.12 Tue Alonso Abugattas 01
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Enjoy a night of mystery and intrigue with the Capital Naturalist Alonso Abugattas. During this talk, attendees will enjoy learning some of the lesser-known natural phenomena in our region and their influence on our culture. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to engage with one of our most dynamic speakers!

Tuesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

Poplar Island: An Innovative Model
of Habitat Creation through Reuse

Kristina Motley
Senior Environmental Specialist, Maryland Environmental Service

10.19 Tue Kristina Motley 01
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Join Kristina Motley, Senior Environmental Specialist, to examine why the Poplar Island project is such a successful model of reuse. This environmental restoration project located in the Chesapeake Bay in Talbot County, Maryland, relies on dredged material collected from the approach channels to the Baltimore Harbor to restore lost remote island habitat within the Chesapeake Bay. This results in restoration of almost 400 acres of wetland habitat where more than 400 different species of wildlife have been documented and more than 30 different birds have been confirmed as nesting. Join us to learn about this unique story of continuing habitat victories.

Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.

Spooky Tales
from the Fungal World

Serenella Linares
Adult Programs Director, Audubon Naturalist Society

10.20 Wed Serenella Linares 01
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Come witness the ways in which fungi have scared the masses through the centuries! From controlling the minds of animals, to eerie glows in the night, to pointing out the dead, fungi have had many spooky roles in our lives. Would you dare to join our Director of Adult Education to learn about them?

Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.

Urban Bats: Studying and Protecting
our Wildlife Neighbors

Dr. Ela-Sita Carpenter
Urban Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

10.26 Tue Ela-Sita Carpenter 01
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When you think of urban wildlife, critters like rats, pigeons, and raccoons may come to mind - but what about bats? Bats have a scary reputation, but play an important role in ecosystems and face serious conservation threats. Dr. Ela-Sita Carpenter will discuss her study of bats in Baltimore, as well as ways we can all support these special creatures in our neighborhoods.

Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m.

Murder Mysteries of Insect
Predators and Parasitoids

Dr. Mike Raupp
Emeritus Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland

10.28 Thu Mike Raupp 01
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Entomology Professor Emeritus Mike Raupp weaves a fascinating tale of murderous insects here in the DMV, their biodiversity, natural history, and feeding strategies. From parasitoid wasps to wheel bugs, we will see it all! Learn how insects help control other insect populations via predation. Don't miss this thriller of the natural world!

Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

The Magic of
Edible Fall Mushrooms

Gabrielle Cerberville
Chaotic Forager, Composer, Intermedia Artist,
Creative Alchemist and Citizen Mycologist

10.29 Fri Gabrielle Cerberville 01
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Join Gabrielle Cerberville, the Chaotic Forager on TikTok, for an introduction to safely identifying some edible fall mushrooms. Learn where to look, how to locate mushroom foraging spots, and the best ways to prepare your fungal treats!