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"Catoctin Creek and Fountain Rock Nature Centers . . . The Natural Place to Be"

Thursday, March 16, 2017

MARCH 2017 PROGRAM REMINDERS


BIRD WALK on SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH, 2017
Discover the wild bird populations at Catoctin Creek Park with local experts Keith and Beth Hamilton from Wild Birds Unlimited. This is a great walk for the family and will run rain or shine. We have some binoculars to share but please bring binoculars if you have them. This is a FREE program! 
TIME: 10 AM-12


DR. MIKE TURELL:  INSECT MIMICRY ADVANCED TRAINING for 
MASTER NATURALISTS
MONDAY, 2/20/17 from 1-3 PM
FOUNTAIN ROCK PARK
8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD 21793

FEBRUARY NATURE COUNCIL MEETING:
MONDAY, 2/20/17 at 7:00 PM
CATOCTIN CREEK NATURE CENTER
2929 Sumantown Road, Middletown, MD  21769










Monday, February 6, 2017


FEBRUARY NATURE COUNCIL MEETING:
MONDAY, 2/20/17
7:00 PM
CATOCTIN CREEK NATURE CENTER
2929 Sumantown Road
Middletown, MD  21769

Friday, January 27, 2017


2017 MASTER NATURALIST ADVANCED TRAINING MEETING
Join your fellow Master Naturalists from Catoctin Creek and Fountain Rock Nature Centers to plan and schedule Advanced Training sessions for 2017.   Bring topic ideas and possible contacts for presenters.
Date:  Monday, 2/6/17
Time:  10 AM - 12 PM
Location:  Fountain Rock Nature Center
                 8511 Nature Center Place
                Walkersville, MD 21793

UPDATE on 2/8/17:  Thanks to all our Master Naturalists who suggested some great ideas & presenters for the 2017 Advanced Training sessions.  The committee currently is contacting presenters to schedule the dates.  We hope to have a tentative schedule sent out within the next week or so.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

BIRD WALK THIS SUNDAY

BIRD WALK this SUNDAY 
Discover the wild bird populations at Catoctin Creek Park with local experts Keith and Beth Hamilton from Wild Birds Unlimited. This is a great walk for the family and will run rain or shine. Bring binoculars if you have them. This is a FREE program! 
DATE: 12/11/16
TIME: 10 AM 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Great Frederick Fair Booth

Folks enjoying a visit with our volunteers at the Frederick County Nature Council booth.  


Come visit 
The Frederick County Nature Council booth
 at the 
City Streets/Country Roads exhibit area 
of the Great Frederick Fair.  
We support both of our county Nature Centers:  
Catoctin Creek and Fountain Rock.
Visit with our volunteers and 
see what cool things they have to share with you!
We will be there Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 
this week from 10 AM - 3 PM.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Update: Crickets and Meteors Program

Thanks to all who came out Friday evening to listen for crickets and scan the skies for meteors and other celestial bodies!  The group listened for the calls of the following six species of crickets: Jumping Bush Cricket, Japanese Burrowing Cricket, Greater Angle-wing Katydid, Lesser Angle-wing Katydid, Oblong-Winged Katydid, and the Common (or true) Katydid  The skies cleared enough to glimpse some Perseid meteors, Mars and Antares, the North Star, the Summer Triangle with the stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair, and some constellations.

Our thanks go to:

  • Margaret Pierre-Nanan: Cricket Presentation
  • Dr. Nair and Jim Ashworth, TriState Astronomers:  Night Sky Program 
  • The Master Naturalists organizers of this program



Thursday, August 11, 2016




Crickets and Meteors:
A Maryland Master Naturalist Advanced Training Event
Friday, August 12, 2016
Raindate- Saturday, August 13
6:30 -10:00 pm
Catoctin Creek Nature Center

August 12 is the peak night of the Perseid Meteor Shower!

We will begin inside the nature center at 6:30 pm by listening to and learning the calls of our summer night insects. Then we’ll go outside and identify the crickets and katydids of Catoctin Creek Nature Center.
·       Learn about the appearance of 6 different crickets and katydids
·       Learn where different crickets and katydids live
·       Learn to identify crickets and katydids by their calls

At 8:30, we will return to the nature center to hear a short talk by Dr. Nair, an amateur astronomer from Tri-State Astronomy Club.  He will discuss the summer constellations and the Perseids meteor shower.  At nightfall, if the weather allows, we will go outside to view the night sky through telescopes. We will look at stars, planets and meteors if visible.
·       Learn about the summer night sky
·       Learn about Perseid Meteor Shower

Catoctin Creek Nature Center is located at 2929 Sumantown Rd, Middletown Maryland. 
Phone 301-600-2051

RSVP appreciated but not required to lkcoyle@yahoo.com

Monday, July 25, 2016

ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT RESULTS



Thanks to everyone who helped count and identify the butterflies at Catoctin Creek Park.  Over 40 people showed up!  Below are the results with the number counted next to the common name for the butterfly.  Thanks to Kathy Barylski for the photo of the Tawny Emperor she found on Sunday.
Tawny Emperor:  Photo by Kathy Barylski
SUMMER 2016

Butterfly Types
Number Counted
Red-Spotted Purple
   2
Hackberry Emperor
   2
Tawny Emperor
   1
Common Buckeye
   2
Question Mark
   1    
Red Admiral
   1
Silvery Checkerspot
   1
Cabbage White
   over 100
Clouded Sulfur
   over 35
Orange Sulfur
   over 25
Eastern Tailed Blue
   23
Summer Azure
   4
American Copper
   6
Black Swallowtail
   1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
   10
Pipevine Swallowtail
   1
Spicebush Swallowtail
   2
Unidentified Black Swallowtail (larger variety; not counted as a separate species)
   1
Dun Skipper
   1
Least Skipper
   over 15
Peck's Skipper
   9
Tawny-Edged Skipper
   2
Silver Spotted Skipper
   10
Total Number of Species
22
Total Number Counted
250+

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Upcoming Events



CATOCTIN CREEK PARK
ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT
Sunday, July 24th
10 AM - 12 PM

Join Kathy Barylski of the Frederick County Nature Council and members of the 4-H Bug Patrol to help count and learn about butterflies in the park.  This is a free event. No experience is necessary.  Wear sturdy footwear and bring a water bottle.

Meeting Location:  
Catoctin Creek Park Nature Center
2929 Sumantown Road
Middletown, MD  21769

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Maryland Master Naturalist Advanced Training 2016



Upcoming Sessions:
Late Summer/Fall 2016 
These are tentatively scheduled.  More information will be
published shortly.  


Month/
Time/Site
Training Topic
8/12/2016
6-8 pm
CCNC
Raindate:  8/13/16
Cricket Crawl Training w/Margaret Pierre-Nanan

8/12/2016
8-10 pm (?)
CCNC
Raindate:  8/13/16
Astronomy

Join us after the Cricket Crawl to view the Perseid Meteor Showers.
Mid- October/November
TBD
On-site at Lamb’s Knoll, South Mtn
Saw-whet Owl Banding w/ Steve Huy of Project OwlNet

Note:  This will be a weather-dependent, nocturnal event!  The wee hours. . .


















Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Master Naturalist Advanced Training Opportunities

The following includes a tentative schedule for our upcoming Frederick County 
Maryland Master Naturalist Advanced Training Classes. 
Dates and instructors are subject to change.
The cost for each class is $15.
For more information on how to register for these classes please contact:
Kelly Ketzenberger: kketzenberger@frederickcountymd.gov or

Date (snow date)
Location
Class
Jan 28, 1-3 pm
Hood College
Invasive Crayfish
Feb. 11 (18),                       11 am – 3 pm
FRNC
Aquatic Wild
Mar. 24, 3-5 pm
FRNC
Bats
Apr. 28  Time TBA
Lynne’s pond
Frog Calls
Apr. 25 TBD
CCNC
Nature Fest
May 19, 1-3 pm
CCNC
Bears
June 4
College Park
Annual Training
June 18 12:30-3 pm
Fox Haven Farm
Bluebird Trail Organic Gardening Practices at Fox Haven
June 23 1-3 pm
Adams farm
Purple Martins
Aug 21, 6-8 pm
CCNC
Cricket Watch
Sept. 24, 11-3 pm
FRCN
Project Learning Tree
Sept 18 - 26
Frederick County Fair - City Streets & Country Roads Tent
Nature Council represents the two parks at the fair!
Sept. 29, 1-3
CCNC
Coyotes and Wildlife Management
Oct 14 Wed. 1 – 3 pm
TBD
Raptors
Oct. 19, 9-2
FRNC
Growing Up Wild
Nov TBD
Common Market
Planning for 2016

Recent Adventures

April 

Bears with Harry Spiker
Bears hibernating on the ground? Who knew what you could find in Maryland's woods! Hibernation is a way to conserve energy, so hibernation patterns vary based on the weather. Our black bears are healthy because food is plentiful.
If you see a bear in the woods, back away. If the bear sees you, don't run or make direct eye contact. Move slowly, talking to the bear as you back away. Always make sure the bear has an escape route.


January

Crayfish - Invaders Beneath the Surface
On our trek to Hood College, we discovered a world of crayfish, both native and invasive species. This small decapod is an indicator species for our aquatic environment. Looking inside a crayfish exoskeleton, we learned about their efficient the internal systems. The Rusty Crayfish is the latest invader, destroying vegetation even when it doesn't eat it. Watch for another exciting adventure into the world of small aquatic creatures!