AccessDNR November 2019 – Maryland Department of Natural Resources
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AccessDNR November 2019 – Maryland Department of Natural Resources


[Ambient noise in visitor center] Hello and welcome to AccessDNR, the video
newsletter from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. As our many patrons know – state parks are
magical places where visitors come to connect with nature and create lasting joyous memories. In this episode we have a look at a few special
events that take advantage of these delightful backdrops and provide unique qualities all
their own. Stay tuned for all things monarch, Hispanic
Heritage, an old-fashioned Hootenanny – and more! I’m Gregg Bortz – your host for this edition
of AccessDNR! [AccessDNR Theme Music] We begin this episode at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
in Prince George’s County for their inaugural Monarch Butterfly Festival. Throughout the day, staff and volunteers provided
a variety of hands-on, family-friendly activities inside and around the facility’s visitor
center. Participants were given opportunities to plant
milkweed in the onsite gardens, create some take-home DIY seed bombs, enjoy all manner
of specially designed arts and crafts – and even take a tractor drawn hay-ride through
the sanctuary. Later, everyone gathered together to witness
the release a few recently hatched Monarchs and even one imposter. Their wings were tagged, the launchpad prepped
and then with a quick flutter…each butterfly was one step closer on its long migration
to Mexico. Next up – We head to Sandy Point State Park
in Anne Arundel county for a celebration of Hispanic Heritage. Along with other partners at a cooperative
event, bilingual staffers were on hand to provide information about our many state parks,
Maryland’s native wildlife, special fishing opportunities, water safety and more. Later, interested participants were suited
up with life jackets, visited by Splash the Water Safety Dog and then given a quick boat
tour of the area with the Natural Resources Police. For our last recap – we head over to Martinak
State Park in Caroline County for a weekend full of fun at an old-fashioned Hootenanny. Our cameras were on hand Saturday evening,
just after dark and just in time to appreciate some costumed camaraderie, ghoulish campsite
decorations and some very creative carved pumpkins. The evening’s entertainment also included
make-your-own scarecrows, live bands, home-made apple butter and lots of other fun and games. If you missed out, don’t fret – several
other amazing events are held across the state and all year long. Later this month we’ll host a Greeting of
the Geese, special observances of Veterans Day and several holiday open houses won’t
be far behind. Follow the calendar link on our website for
specific information. Lastly, we remind you that we have the perfect
gifts for everyone on your shopping list. From state park passports and trail guides
to beautiful wall calendars, magazines and more – look no further than ShopDNR.com Well that’s a wrap for this month. For the latest news and programs, please follow
us on social media, subscribe to our magazine, newsletters and youtube channel and download
our free mobile app. I’m Gregg Bortz, thanks for joining us – we’ll
see you next month on AccessDNR!

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