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January – April 2024
Doors Open 6 pm & Cocktails 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Lecture 6:30 – 7:30pm


Thursday, January 18, 2024 – sold out!
The Life and Times of Otters in Maryland

There are a large number of otters in Maryland’s estuarine habitats, but they are seldom seen. This talk by wildlife biologist Joshua Tabora will cover otter habits and life histories as well as their conservation legacy within Maryland. Joshua has worked for the Department of Natural Resources since 2015 and currently serves as the furbearer biologist for the State of Maryland.

Thursday, February 15, 2024
An Update on Spotted Lanternfly and other Invasive Pests

As part of a never-ending stream of invasive species arriving in the US, the spotted lanternfly is on the move in the eastern United States. We will learn how to detect spotted lanternfly, key aspects of its seasonal phenology, what plants are at risk and damage associated with lanternfly feeding on shade and fruit trees. We will explore integrated approaches (IPM) to thwart this pest including mechanical, biological and insecticidal tactics. Insect expert Dr. Michael Raupp, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, will also visit other new invasives headed our way, including zig zag sawfly, laurel wilt disease and box tree moth. Dr. Raupp is the author of a children’s book, “26 Things That Bug Me,” and speaks on behalf of insects.

Thursday, March 21, 2024 – sold out!
Wildlife Adventures: Close Calls, Mishaps and Enlightenment

Join CBEC Executive Director Emeritus Judy Wink for a presentation on wildlife and birding adventures in Africa, Israel and Mexico. The presentation will entail some humorous and some not-so-humorous encounters while in pursuit of siting wildlife in the natural habitat. Guaranteed a laugh or two and “what not to do” while in the photographic endeavors of the “wilds.”

Thursday, April 18, 2024 – sold out!
Trouble on the Half Shell

Turtles serve many roles in our ecosystems and cultures, but many species are in decline. Kerry Wixted, Amphibian & Reptile and Invasive Species Program Manager for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, will share some basic turtle biology. We’ll learn about a few species of turtles and terrapins found in Maryland, their reasons for decline, and how you can help turtles thrive in the wild.

CBEC Education Building, 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638

6:30 -7:30 pm is the lecture duration.

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