OAKLAND — The Mountain Laurel Garden Club, a member of the National Garden Clubs, will meet Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at Dutch’s at Silver Tree  on Glendale Road, Deep Creek Lake.

Kerry Wixted, wildlife education and outreach specialist in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, will present “Wild, Wacky and Wonderful Wasps.”

Wixted will focus on the biology of wasps and the fascinating wasp species found in Maryland — the giant ichneumon with her drill-tipped ovipositor, the industrious potter wasps, cleptoparasitic cuckoo wasps, the gall-forming wasps and the gentle giant cicada killer.

Wixted has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries management from Frostburg State University and a Master of Science degree in biology from West Virginia University. She serves as the Project WILD coordinator and heads up Maryland’s Wild Acres and Envirothon programs. The Wild Acres program encourages Maryland residents to create backyard wildlife habitats across the state. Backyard wildlife habitats can increase food and shelter for wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water, improve water quality, inspire stewardship and beautify the landscape. Wixted also produces Habichat, the quarterly newsletter published by the Wildlife and Heritage Service for Maryland’s Stewards of Backyard Wildlife.

Guests unaccompanied by a member are asked to contact Susan Offutt at 240-381-3168 or susan.offutt@gmail.com for reservation information by  Sept. 12. Reservations may be made for the program plus luncheon or for the program alone.

For more information about membership in the Mountain Laurel Garden Club, contact Laura Stamm at 304-360-1274 or visit www.mountainlaurelgardenclub.com.

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