Leonardtown, MD – The Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust will host a series of iNaturalist events this spring in St. Mary’s County, beginning with the Earth Day celebration April 14 on the Leonardtown Square.

Fun and educational for the entire family, iNaturalist events allow participants to use a free downloadable app (www.inaturalist.org) on their cell phones to take photographs of plants and animals for identifying and sharing. Participants can record their finds under their own projects and also search for other iNaturalist projects in their area.

Prizes will be awarded at the PTLT event April 14 for the most species recorded and for the rarest recorded species. Come to the PTLT booth to register for this timed bioblitz.

Other PTLT iNaturalist events include:

April 22, 2019 Earth Day/Easter Monday. Allen’s Heirloom Homestead (Park Hall) 12-4 pm and Easter Egg Hunt on the farm for children 3 pm.  Free, but preregister online by sending your email address to SaveLand@PTLT.org and asking  to be on the mailing list for this and other scheduled iNaturalist events by PTLT this year.

May 18, 2019 Summerseat Farm and Sanctuary 9 am – 12 noon. Free but pre-register required.

(Fall 2019 Mrytle Point Park, date to be announced.)

PTLT’s mission is to sustain the region’s biodiversity and water resources through a network of protected landscapes. The organization recognizes that forest and farmland and the region’s unique historic and scenic character are vital to a healthy economy and citizens’ sense of well-being. PTLT acquires land and conservation easements by purchase or donation. The Trust has conserved more than 5,400 acres of land in perpetuity, keeping it as farm and forest to meet today’s needs and those of future generations.

Property owners interested in learning more about preserving their land should contact Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Garte (410.53.0042 or andrew@ptlt.org) or Frank Allen, president (301.862.3421 or frank@ptlt.org). Anyone can support the PTLT mission by becoming a Friend. Visit www.ptlt.org
to learn more.

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