July Suggested Topics & Trips

Birds

  • Least Tern
    • Fledging
    • As their beach nesting sites have diminished started using flat rooftops to nest
    • Colonies at Chesapeake & Sparrow Point High Schools
    • Also likely to see at Hart-Miller & Poplar Islands, Sandy Point State Park & Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
  • Early Birds of Autumn
    • 2nd & 3rd weeks of July
    • killdeer & swallows flocking
    • shorebirds arriving from artic
      • least sandpipers
    • See shorebirds at Assateague Island, Hart Miller & Poplar Islands

Animals

  • Annual Cicadas
    • sing for 6 weeks during hottest part of summer
  • Lyme Disease
    • Most case in July with June close 2nd
      • most tick bites occurred in May
  • Cicada Killer Wasps
    • looks vicious but mostly harmless
    • only female can sting but rarely does
    • find around areas of disturbed, pesticide free soil, ie raised beds
    • Cromwell Valley Park
    • live for only about a month
  • Manatees

Plants

  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Wildflowers
    • Mullein
      • native of Europe
      • colonist dipped in wax for candles
      • cowboy toilet paper
      • pinned inside clothing to collect odors
    • Chicory
      • native of Europe
      • contains chemical toxic to intestinal parasites, good in pastures
      • roots make coffee substitute when baked & ground
  • Black-eyed Susans
    • Maryland State Flower
    • Blooms about 3rd week of July
    • wild variety often on power line right-of-ways
  • Showy Flowers of River Banks
    • Joe Pye Weed
      • Butterfly love
      • large purple
    • Turk’s Cap Lily
      • Very rare
      • grows up to 10′
    • Cardinal Flower
      • Red flowers
      • attracts ruby throated hummingbirds
    • Find along Gunpowder and Youghiogheny

Other

  • Hottest Days of the Year
    • July 16-25 hold record for hottest days of the year!

Trips

  • Gettysburg National Military Park
    • suggest bicycle
    • I prefer cooler weather of fall but battle occurred in July
  • Hemlock Gorge
    • narrow gorge of Gunpowder River
    • extreme north0western Baltimore County
    • Several good swimming holes
    • 1/3 mile long
    • unmarked narrow trail parallels river and ends at Prettyboy Reservoir
    • virgin hemlock forests
    • Link is for longer hike that includes hemlock gorge
  • Harpers Ferry
    • History
    • Nature
      • Silver Maples lining Potomac host Baltimore Orioles from May through August
      • Porthonotary Warblers nest in tree cavities
      • Wild flowers along tow path
    • Tubing
      • can buy tubes under $20 on Amazon, wait until  I see if the club can be an Amazon associate so we can get a % back.
      • River Riders
        • 1.5 to 2hours, $39.22pp with taxes & fees or $36.04 if more than 10
      • Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
        • all day, $30.19pp + taxes& fees?
      • River Trail
        • $29 pp., 1- 2.5 hrs., includes tube, jacket, shuttle. Min. age- 12 yrs.
  • Ohiopyle State Park
    • Youghiogheny river is heart of 20,500 acre park
      • Lower Yough has rapids
      • Middle Yough 10 miles of smooth water float
    • 27 miles of Great Alleghany Passage in Par
    • Ferncliff Pennisula Trail has fossilized tree bark clearly visable
    • Rafting
      • Lower Yough, Class III Rapids, min age 12
        • Mon-Fri $38.40
        • Saturday $57.60
        • Sunday    $47.20
      • Middle Yough, Class I & II Rapids, min age 4
        • Mon-Fri  Over 12 $25.60    Under 12  $19.20
        • Saturday                 $33.60                       $27.20
        • Sunday                    $30.40                       $24.00
      • Middle Yough in Duckies  (1 to 2 person inflatables that handle like kayaks)
        • Mon-Fri   Over 12   $ 33.60  Under 12 $27.20
        • Saturday                    $41.60                      $35.20
        • Sunday                       $38.40                      $32.00
    • Camping
      • At State Park
      • Charges for camping may be waived if a Conservation Volunteer project is performed. Contact the park manager for details.
      • 20 people or less $58/ night “modern” tent camping
      • 20 – 40 $73 / night
      • Youth site booked for 7/18 but site for 14 for $30 available
  • Gunpowder River – tubing
    • Tube Rental from Monkton Bike is $30, $5 off if 20 or more.  Taxes & fees?
  • Poplar Island Day Trip

Service Project

  • Fish & Stream Surveys
  • Recycling at the fair

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