Friday, November 13, 2020
NGC Goals & Objectives: Education, Conservation & Environmental Awareness

Program:“Secret Life of Bees” (2008)
In this presentation called Bees, Bats, and Snakes, Oh My! participants will learn about some of Maryland's misunderstood wildlife that play important roles in our ecosystems. The talk will emphasize the importance of Maryland’s native bees, why we should care about their wasp relatives, and provide information on unique spiders that “sing, dance, and raid.” In addition, the talk will delve into local mammal species and will bust myths about bats, foxes, and coyotes. You will also learn about local snakes and why we should care about them as well as ways to help all wildlife in any backyard setting. Let us immerse ourselves in the Secret life of Bees…bats and snakes!

Location:Eastern Shore Hospital Center
5262 Woods Road, Cambridge, MD, 410-221-2358

Agenda:9:00 am - 10:30 amEntries Accepted
10:30 am – 11:00 amJudging/Social time
11:00 am - 12:00 pmBusiness Meeting 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmProgram 

Speaker:Kerry Wixted, a Baltimore City native, is a Wildlife Education and Outreach Specialist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. Kerry runs several state-wide programs such as Project WILD for educators and Wild Acres for backyard wildlife habitat enthusiasts. Kerry’s list of workshops and presentations is as long as it is broad on a diversity of wildlife topics. She graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2001, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Management at Frostburg State University in 2005, and then pursued graduate studies in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology at West Virginia University, earning a master’s degree in 2008. When she is not working, Kerry and her husband, Dan, are creating wildlife habitat in their own yard. “It’s been a 5-year battle so far,” she says, “but we have almost eradicated the periwinkle and other invasive plants.” In its place are mayapples and Virginia bluebells thriving underneath chestnut oaks in the front yard and a native pollinator garden in the back. As an tribute to their success, new visitors to her yard include gray and red fox, squirrels, the occasional opossum, birds and bees, spiders, and snakes., 410-260-8566.

Program Chair: Martha Keating
Hosts: Fran Collins & Mary Slacum
Horticulture: Wand Ciekot & Joan P. Johnson
Design: Sandy Lucas & Judy Slaughter
Consultant: Susie Middleton
Clerk: Mary Etta Creighton


Division I – Horticulture
Class 1.Rosa (Roses)
a.Miniature single
b.Miniature spray
c.Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora
d.Floribunda, Polyantha, Carpet, Climber – one spray
e.Shrub, Old Garden rose

Class2.Conifers – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)
a.With cones or berries
b.Without cones or berries

Class 3.Broadleaf Evergreen Tree or Shrub – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)

Class 4.Deciduous Tree or Shrub – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)

Class 5.Ilex (Holly) – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 18”)

Class 6.Container Grown Plants (maximum pot diameter 8”)

Class 7.Open Class
d.Bulb, corm, rhizome, tuber

Division II – Design – Secret Life of Bees
Class 1. HB pg. 74, Section I. Illuminary Design.
Class 2. HB pg. 75, Section J. Multi-rhythmic Design. Eligible for Companion Design (see p. 31).