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June 2016
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Fungi, Insects, Butterflies and More Cool Summer Courses Start Soon 
Tovi Lehmann Teaching NHFS course

Fungi (pronounced “fun-gee”) have roots but they aren’t plants, are heterotrophs but not animals, and may grow in fairy rings. Members of a “hidden kingdom,” fungi are often misunderstood. 

Fungi play a key role in shaping the biosphere, are important plant and animal pathogens, create soils, promote rain clouds, and are the ultimate recyclers. And they have a life that scientists are just now fully appreciating.

No one is more passionate about fungi than Tovi Lehmann. Dr. Lehmann is a National Institutes of Health research entomologist, ANS member and Natural History Field Studies (NHFS) instructor. 

Don't miss his Introduction to Fungi course this August. 

With six classes to choose from, it’s a veritable summer smorgasbord of NHFS offerings for the adult learner. Dive into Wetland Ecosystems or bone up on spineless wonders in Insect Life or Butterflies of Early Summer. Want to know more about neighborhood wildlife? Animal Behavior might be your choice.  Introduction to Fungi and Invasive Plants of the Mid-Atlantic round out the June through August offerings. 

Whether you’re signing up for job training, personal enrichment, or to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History, you’ll meet other local nature lovers and become more aware of the vast natural resources in our region. The NHFS curriculum is designed and sponsored by ANS and the Graduate School USA. 

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Larry Weaner Talks Native Wildflower Meadows at Woodend Tuesday, June 14

Two summers ago, Larry Weaner, along with the help of about 70 other ANS volunteers, brought the meadow at Woodend Nature Sanctuary near the entrance off Jones Mill Road back to life. Weaner, a horticulturalist specializing in native plant gardens and meadows, identified plants appropriate to the upland, lowland, and shaded areas of the meadow, mixing in a large portion of deer-resistant species. And now the Woodend meadow is thriving. 

So much so, University of Maryland Associate Wildlife Biologist® Shannon Pederson and her undergraduate students used the restored meadow to complete a research project in the fall of 2014 on bat activity and species composition. 

Now we're lucky to have Larry Weaner joining us at Woodend, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 for an author talk and meadow walk. From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, take a tour of the Woodend meadow with Larry and stay from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm as he discusses native wildflower meadows. He will also be available throughout the evening to sign copies of his recent book, Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can be a Source of Environmental Change (Timber Press, 2016).

The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be open, and light refreshments will be served.

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Closing the Gates on the Deer
 Deer at Woodend

One foot of deer fence.  $32 
The 780 feet left to go. $25,000 
Restoring biodiversity to Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Priceless.  

Over the past 30 years, the deer population has wreaked havoc on biodiversity at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Woodend's woods have no understory, so there is no habitat for insects or ground nesting birds.  The deer are eating all Woodend's plant communities. There are no baby trees. We have to protect our habitat. 

We are just $25,000 away from raising enough money to install a 10-foot chain link deer fence around Woodend with cattle grates at the entrances. Help us close the gates and keep the deer out.  Your donation of $32 will buy one foot of fence, $258 will support an eight-foot fence section.  Thank you for helping to restore Woodend to its natural beauty. 

Please select Woodend Sanctuary Restoration as the designation for your gift. 

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