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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

FALL STREAM CLEAN-UP EVENT


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Catoctin Creek Stream Clean Up Event
(As part of the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup effort)

Event Information
Date: Saturday, September 09, 2017
Time: 10AM –12PM
Catoctin Creek Park
Meet at the Receiving Shelter as you enter the parking area.


Join park staff in the on-going effort to restore the health of the Bay and its tributaries by removing trash from the park’s creek beds and banks.  How we take care of our watersheds eventually affects the health of our oceans!

·        Who Can Participate? Individuals, Families, Scouts, & Other organizations.
·        Note: Minors must be 8 years or older and be accompanied by an adult.
·        What to bring: Dress in old clothes; long pants encouraged, Closed–toed shoes or boots, Water  bottle, & Work gloves.

·        Contact the Nature Center during business hours if you need more information: 301-600-2051.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017



How Well Do You Know Your Grasses?
Presented by
Susan Trice
Principal Agent Associate and Master Gardener Coordinator
Frederick County Extension Office, Frederick, MD
Tuesday, September 5th from 5 to 7 p.m.
at Catoctin Creek Nature Center (CCNC)


How Well Do You Know Your Grasses? Which of the above pictures is Johnson grass (invasive)? And which one is Indian grass (native)? And what’s all the hype about sedges for turf?

Join us for a class on grass identification that will teach us how to know what type of grasses are growing in our yards. From panicles to blades, learn how to tell one type of grass from another. Be prepared to go outside to take a look at grasses around CCNC.

Suggested donation of $10 to help fund Frederick County Master Naturalist programs and projects.

RSVP appreciated but not required to Margaret Pierre-Nanan at errenn@gmail.com.

Catoctin Creek Nature Center
2929 Sumantown Rd, Middletown Maryland

Phone 301-600-2051

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Park after Dark Event

Park after Dark
Friday August 25th from 7-10 pm
at 
Fountain Rock Park
8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD 21793

Live Music, Hors d'oeuvre, Silent Auction,
Fancy S’mores, and a Nature Program.
18 and over
 $ 25.00 per person

Please inquire at the park for more information: 
301-600-4460


Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Butterfly Count Results at Catoctin Creek Park


CATOCTIN CREEK BUTTERFLY COUNT
OFFICIAL RESULTS
SUMMER 2017

Thanks to the great turnout by the 4-H Bug Patrol and from the great public notifications, we had 48 people on the registration! Wow!
Butterfly Types
Official Number Counted (1 hr)
Unofficial “Second Sweep” Count
Red-Spotted Purple
5
5
Hackberry Emperor
1
1
Monarch
4
4
Northern Pearly-Eye
4
4
American Snout
2
2
Tawny Emperor
0
1
Common Buckeye
2
2
Red Admiral
0
3
Silvery Checkerspot
100+  
(most ever counted here;  11 at most previously)
180-200
Cabbage White
35
35
Clouded Sulfur
4
4
Orange Sulfur
3
6
Eastern Tailed Blue
7
14
Summer Azure
3
14
American Copper
4
6
Gray Hairstreak
4
5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
5
5
Spicebush Swallowtail
7
7
Zebra Swallowtail
2
2
Dun Skipper
2
2
Least Skipper
10
10
Peck's Skipper
4
10
Tawny-Edged Skipper
0
1
Silver Spotted Skipper
50
80+
Zabulon Skipper
7
7
Sachem
6
13
Horace’s Duskywing
1
2
Wild Indigo Duskywing
1
1
Pearl Crescent (tentative ID)
1
0
Fiery Skipper (tentative ID)
1
0
Painted Lady
0
1
Common Sootywing
0
4
Total Number of Species
25  confirmed
(not including tentative IDs)
30 confirmed
Total Number Counted
250+
400+




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fountain Rock's 30th Anniversary

Please join us as we celebrate 
Fountain Rock Nature Center's 
30th Anniversary!
August 25th, 2017
10 AM - 4 PM
See flyer below for more information!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Annual Butterfly Count

Annual Butterfly Count
Sunday, July 30th, 2017
10 AM—12 PM
Family-friendly!
No experience necessary!
FREE!
Meet at Catoctin Creek Nature Center.
2929 Sumantown Road
Middletown, MD  21769



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+