Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WILDLIFE SIGTINGS LOG


Jan 10th 2012 – John & Donna Brognard

1 Goss-Hawk, 5 doves


Jan 14th 2012- Pat Caro & Kathy Brown Bird Walk Over 20 species of birds including:

Slate Colored Junco
Cardinals
House Finch
Gold finch
Turkey vulture
Blue jay
Winter wren
Blue birds
House sparrow
White throated sparrow
Pileated woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
White breasted nuthatch
crow
Carolina wren
Chicakadee
Tufted titmouse
Mourning Dove

Observations taken up the hill (left coming out from your park entrance) at the farmers field on right in field (Killdeer), Red-tailed hawk, and Red shouldered hawk


Jan 18th 2012- Susan Matthews

Black Vultures (2)- perched on the ice house chimney
Mourning Doves
Cardinal (female)
Downy woodpecker
Blue birds (2-3)
American crow (heard calling)


Jan 20th 2012-John Schultz

Vultures perched on the ice house chimney
Eastern Screech Owl at the Poffenberger Road bridge over Catoctin Creek


Jan 24th 2012-Daniel Merideth

Two young white-tailed deer


Jan 31st 2012-Susan Matthews

American Kestrel on a telephone wire near the intersection Old Middletown Rd. & Sumantown Rd.

Herd of nine white-tailed deer- Sandy Burr
including one buck were observed beyond the tree line from the Nature Center

Two red tailed hawks, and one stone fly- John & Donna Brognard





If you saw and/or photographed a plant or animal during your visit to Catoctin Creek Nature Center, we would love to hear from you. We have a wildlife log at the front desk or you could call us at #301-600-2050 or email smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Frederick County Nature Council (FCNC)


Frederick County Nature Council is a non-profit group of volunteers providing support and advocacy for Fountain Rock Park and Catoctin Creek Nature Center by offering nature oriented programs and activities for all citizens of Frederick County, MD.

Upcoming Programs (by FCNC):


SUNDAY February 12, 2012 - "Wildlife 911"
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fountain Rock Nature Center
Have you ever found an injured or orphaned animal and wondered what to do with it? Will a mother bird really abandon her baby bird if a human touches it? Come to Fountain Rock Nature Center and visit Dr. Barbara Stastny, DVM of Opossum Pike Veterinary Clinic to answer all your wildlife emergency questions!

Our next Nature Council meeting will be held at Fountain Rock Nature Center in Walkersville, MD on Mon. Feb. 16th at 7pm. Visitors are welcome to join us for this meeting. For more information about the Nature Council please call:301-600-2050 or visit our blog at Frederick County Nature Council

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Upcoming Programs














Creek Chubs Club

These programs are designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands on crafts, and games. Parents are free. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
14363 Fri, 1/27 10:00-10:45 am
2-4 yrs / 1 day / $10

Home School Nature Days Topic: The Amazing Amazon
Allow our experienced naturalists to enrich your child's studies through a multi-disciplinary approach using nature as a focus. There will be separate lessons for younger and older home schoolers with a group activity at the end. Parents are encouraged to attend, but are also required to register.
14451 Mon, 1/30 1:00-2:30pm
5-12 yrs / 1 day / $4.50 child & $4.50 adult

Whistle Pig-Wake Up!
Did the groundhog see its shadow today? We'll learn all about this burrowing dweller and find out if it can really forecast when spring arrives. We'll make a fun groundhog craft and go on a walk in search of this sleeping rodent.
14406 Wed, 2/8 10:00-11:15am
3-5 yrs / 1 day / $10

Wintry Hike Along Catoctin Creek
Enjoy the wintry festiveness as we hike and explore the fields and woods. Discover how to use the clues of bark, fruit, buds and twigs to identify trees during the wintertime. We'll conclude our jaunt with warm wintry treats!
14671 Sun, 2/5 3:00-4:00pm
All ages/ 1 day / $10

For more information regarding these upcoming programs please visit our website at:
http://www.recreater.com/

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Program Cancelations

This evenings Green Roof Astronomy and Campfire program has been canceled due to inclement weather. Our next Astronomy & Campfire program has been scheduled for Feb. 25th from (8-10pm). Thank you.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Weather Cancellation Hotline!

For information on whether a program or a parks and recreation facility is open due to inclement weather please use our weather cancellation hotline at 301-600-6291.

Monday, January 16, 2012

UPCOMING PROGRAMS


New! Green Roof Astronomy Series

The Tri-State- Astronomers Club www.TriStateAstronomers.org and our staff naturalist will be on hand to lead a night of star gazing and marsh mellow roasting program you won’t want to miss. Please note our night sky viewing portion of the program is weather dependent. For more information on this program please call 301-600-2050.

14645, Sat. 1/21 8:00-10:00pm

14646, Sat. 2/25 8:00-10:00pm

14647, Sat. 3/24 8:00-10:00pm


Creek Chubs Club

These programs are designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands on crafts, and games. Parents are free. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities. We still have space for this Friday’s (1/20) Creek Chubs Program.

14362, Fri. 1/20 10:00-10:45am

14363, Fri. 1/27 10:00-10:45am

14364, Fri. 2/17 10:00-10:45am

14365, Fri. 2/24 10:00-10:45am

14366, Fri. 3/16 10:00-10:45am

14367, Fri. 3/23 10:00-10:45am

For more information regarding these upcoming programs please visit our website at:

http://www.recreater.com/

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

THIS WEEKEND ! !


Dear friends & neighbors,

This Saturday Jan 14th from 9-3pm we will be holding a free community outreach event to honor our nature center staff & volunteers.

Activities will include:
  • live animal presentations
  • a morning bird-walk
  • guest lecture on historic stone bridges of Maryland
  • and much more
Please call us at 301-600-2051 or e-mailing us at: smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov if you are attending this event.

Friday, January 6, 2012

NO SCHOOL - ANIMALS RULE!

Frederick County Public Schools Holidays are coming up. Are you looking for something fun for your kids to do on their day off from school? Our NO SCHOOL-ANIMALS RULE program offers a fun filled day of live animal interactions, games, crafts and much more.




NEW! NO SCHOOL - ANIMALS RULE!

When school is out take advantage of the four day series of programming at Fountain Rock Nature Center and Catoctin Creek Park. Children will learn about different animal facts each visit. Enjoy games, crafts, and lots of other fun activities!


Fountain Rock Park

14469 Mon, 1/16 8:00-5:00 pm
14470 Mon, 1/23 8:00-5:00 pm
14471 Mon, 2/20 8:00-5:00 pm
14472 Mon, 3/26 8:00-5:00 pm
14473 All Four Days 8:00-5:00 pm

6-10 yrs / 1 day / $29 - All four days $110


Catoctin Creek Park

14474 Mon, 1/16 8:00-5:00 pm
14475 Mon, 1/23 8:00-5:00 pm
14476 Mon, 2/20 8:00-5:00 pm
14477 Mon, 3/26 8:00-5:00 pm
14478 All Four Days 8:00-5:00 pm

6-10 yrs / 1 day / $29 - All four days $110



For more information regarding these upcoming programs please visit our website at:

http://www.recreater.com/

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

FRIDAY PROGRAM UPDATES



Attention all Pre-School & Home School Parents: We wanted to let you know that our Creek Chubs Club Program (2-3 yrs old) and our Home School Nature Days Programs (5-12 yrs old) are now offered on Fridays.


Creek Chubs Club:

These programs are designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands on crafts, and games. Parents are free! Dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

2-3 yrs/1 day/ $10


Home School Nature Days:

Allow our experienced naturalists to enrich your child’s studies through a multi-disciplinary approach using nature as a focus. There will be separate lessons for younger and older home schoolers with a group activity at the end. The scheduled topics are: January “The Amazing Amazon”, February “Animals and Winter Adaptations”, and March “Geology 101”. Parents are encouraged to attend, but are also required to register.

5-12 yrs/1 day/$4.50 child & $4.50 adult


For more information regarding these upcoming programs please visit our website at:

http://www.recreater.com/