I was excited to see a wild turkey running alongside my car on McKendree Road several weeks ago. Then I received a newsletter from Bob Solem of the Howard County Bird Club and discovered that wild turkeys are becoming more common in the area. They have been spotted throughout the county, not just in the western section.
The Howard County Bird Club is a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society, which has been promoting birds in Howard County for 43 years. The next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Robinson Nature Center.
The program, about the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, will begin at 8 p.m. The last Passenger Pigeon, named Martha, died 100 years ago in September 1914, so there has been a lot of talk about the birds as we reach the centennial of their extinction.
In addition to meetings, the Bird Club also takes field trips, which are a great way to sharpen your birding skills, explore new places and meet other birders. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, club members will meet at the Howard County Conservancy at 7:30 a.m. for a half day easy walk through the fields of Mt. Pleasant Farm.
On Sunday, Sept. 28 you can join the club on a walk around Western Regional Park beginning at 8 a.m. It is hoped that warblers, sparrows, thrushes and some shorebirds will be sighted. If you have questions contact the field trip coordinator, Joe Hanfman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Robin Todd welcomes everyone who is interested in birds to attend a meeting or join them on a field trip. For more information about the Howard County Bird Club, go to howardbirds.org.
The Glenwood branch of the Howard County Library System has several events planned for young people in September. On Saturday, Sept. 27, children ages 5 through 10 can work on seasonal crafts during a 20-minute session starting at 3 p.m., as part of the "Sloppy Saturdays" program.
Also on Saturday, Sept. 27, young people ages 13 through 17 can use technology and their imaginations to create videos proclaiming the importance of the freedom to read. A dedicated YouTube channel will feature the submissions about "Virtual Read Out — Banned Book Week" once they are created. This hour long event will begin at 1 p.m.
If you remember the wonderful illustrations in Eric Carle's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" you know how important pictures are to books. Children aged six and up can learn how pictures tell and enhance stories by reading and discussing the works of Carle on Monday, Sept. 29, at 4:30 p.m. They will also create an art project using color, texture and lots of imagination during the 45 to 60 minute session.
Registration is required for all of these events. Call the library at 410-313-5577 to register for one or all of the classes.
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Calvary Lutheran Church, along with the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, will hold a community wide Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. in the social hall at the fire department. To sign up, or to get additional information, call the church at 410-489-5280. Your blood can be used to save the lives of up to three people, and the Red Cross is always in need of blood at this time of year. Donate blood and you can be a hero.