Birdwatchers unite for a full day of birding + waterfront event held in Spanish

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MARYLAND – The weather is starting to cool in Maryland. This means it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh fall air. Outdoor events include a birdwatching marathon, a waterfront rally held in Spanish, a scenic hike, and two paddle tours.

Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and Chesapeake Conservatory. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore the Chesapeake Bay:

Great Headquarters at North Point

The Baltimore Bird Club will participate for the first time in The big seat, a national event to see or hear as many birds as possible within a circle 17 feet in diameter. Join to; It should be fun! Choose a 2 hour time slot and respond to a club member so there is coverage throughout the day. Drop-ins are also welcome. October 8, 8 a.m. until sunset; North Point State Park, Edgemere, MD. More information

Rio Anacostia Festival

The Festival del Río Anacostia is an annual event at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The goal is to create a welcoming and inviting event that caters to a Spanish and Latino audience that creates [connections] at the river. Naturaleza, diversión, comida, música y comunidad. Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Bladensburg, MD. More information.

Sierra Club Great Falls Hike and Picnic

This easy C&O Canal hike is a celebration of Sierra Club day hikes. You don’t need to be a member to participate in all or part (you decide when to turn back) of the 9-mile walk from Carderock to Great Falls followed by an optional hearty picnic. This is a particularly beautiful stretch of the C&O Canal. Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Carderock, Potomac, MD. More information

Shore Show Kayaking

Paddle the beautiful Otter Creek and enjoy the shoreline spectacle of the color-changing trees. The Leight Estuary Center guides are sure to help you spot all the birds and wildlife along the way. 8 years and over; $15 per person. For a good overview[,] read Saki’s Paddle through Otter Point Creek Natural Area. Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, MD. More information and registration

Peaceful Paddling Monday

Treat yourself to a stress-busting paddle after work on Pickering Creek. Early fall is the perfect time to be on the water, so join Pickering Creek Audubon for a leisurely canoe paddle where you might see barn swallows take their last meal of the evening, stingrays flapping in the water or the eagles soar above. Families welcome! $5 per person. Oct. 3, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Pickering Creek Audubon, Easton, Md. More details and registration

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