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The fall schedule of field trips and meetings/speaker programs is still being developed. Please check back later for additional field trips and for speaker program information.

Saturday, July 1, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area.  Monthly walk. Meet at 7:30 am at the east end of Lemon’s Bridge Road, off Route 197 just north of Bowie State University. No reservations needed. Contact Bill Sefton (kiwisuits@msn.com).

Thursday, July 6, 6 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area.  Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 6 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, July 15, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Governor Bridge Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at the Natural Area parking lot on the south side of Governor Bridge Rd., 1 mile east of Route 301. No reservations needed. For more information contact Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com.

Thursday, July 20, 6 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Meet at 6 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Thursday, August 3, 6 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible.Meet at 6 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, August 5, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at 7:30 am at the east end of Lemon’s Bridge Road, off Route 197 just north of Bowie State University. No reservations needed. Contact Bill Sefton (kiwisuits@msn.com).

Thursday, August 17, 6 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Meet at 6 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, August 19, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Governor Bridge Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at the Natural Area parking lot on the south side of Governor Bridge Rd., 1 mile east of Route 301. No reservations needed. For more information contact Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com.

Saturday, September 2, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at 7:30 am at east end of Lemon’s Bridge Road, off Route 197 just north of Bowie State University. No reservations needed. Contact Bill Sefton (kiwisuits@msn.com) .

Thursday, September 7, 3 pm  (Note start time is 3 pm September-March)
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program
College Park Airport Operations Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD 20740 (Directions)

From Mountains to Saltmarsh: Rediscovering the MOS Sanctuaries, Presented by Marcia Watson

The Maryland Ornithological Society owns nine sanctuaries, totaling over 2,100 acres, spanning the state from Garrett County in the western part of the state, to Somerset County on the lower Eastern Shore. All of the sanctuaries are open to the public every day of the year, at no charge, and represent a microcosm of the habitats for birds in Maryland. Many people are aware of the Carey Run and Irish Grove Sanctuaries, where work-days are held each year, but the other sanctuaries are seldom visited. Drawing on the files of the MOS Sanctuary Committee, historic accounts in Maryland Birdlife, and photos and materials provided by MOS members from across the state, Marcia will review the history of the MOS Sanctuary Program, provide profiles and show maps and photos of all the sanctuaries, discuss the birds and habitats found there, and will cover some of the challenges that MOS faces in managing the properties. Marcia will conclude with suggestions on how interested individuals can become involved with the sanctuaries.

About the Presenter:  Marcia Watson is a long-time member of the Maryland Ornithological Society. She was a founding member of the Cecil Bird Club, and served that chapter as president and webmaster. She now lives in Bowie and is Vice-President of the Patuxent Bird Club. Marcia recently joined the MOS Sanctuary Committee and is working to foster awareness of the sanctuaries among MOS members and the public. Interested in biology and the outdoors from the time she was a little girl, Marcia holds a doctoral degree in Biological Sciences, and for over 20 years specialized in research dealing with the environmental signals that animals use to coordinate their life cycles with seasonal changes such as daylength and temperature.  Marcia is now retired and is concentrating on getting to know the great birding sites that Prince George’s County has to offer.

Thursday, September 14, 3:45 pm
Field Trip

Jug Bay Pontoon Boat Trip.  Sunset pontoon boat trip on the Patuxent River at Jug Bay to observe Sora and other rails, Least Bittern, and other specialties of this freshwater wild rice marsh.  Arrive no later than 3:45 pm; the boat will depart the dock promptly at 4:00 pm.  Meet at the boat launch area of Jackson’s Landing at Patuxent River Park (PG side). Trip will be led by Greg Kearns of the Patuxent River Park.  Boat fee of $5 for residents of Prince George’s or Montgomery Counties; all others $7. Come earlier for bathroom stop, and have a crisp $5 (or $7) ready in your hand. Limited to 18 participants; preference will be given to Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s County Audubon Society members. For reservations (required) contact Fred Fallon (fwfallon@ymail.com).

Saturday, September 16, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Governor Bridge Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at the Natural Area parking lot on the south side of Governor Bridge Rd., 1 mile east of Route 301. No reservations needed. For more information contact Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com.

Sunday, September 17
Fall Bird Count

Annual county-wide census of resident and migrating birds. Pick your own start and stop times.  Contact the county compiler David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) to receive an assigned area and for more information.

Tuesday, September 19, 9 am
Bird Walk

Seasons at South Tract. One of a series of quarterly bird walks at the South Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge.  We will walk some of the trails and will stop at the Pollinator Garden bird feeding area by the Visitor Center. Be prepared to walk up to 2 miles. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Target species include migrating warblers, flycatchers, vireos, sparrows.   Additional walks will be held on the first Wednesday of December, March, and June, to explore the seasonal variation in bird use of the South Tract habitats.  Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center; bear left on entering the parking area and go all the way to the last section of the lot past the covered solar recharging station for electric vehicles.  For directions, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/directions.html. For further information, contact the leader, Marcia Watson at marshwren50@comcast.net.

Thursday, September 21, 3 pm (Note start time is 3 pm September-March )
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, September 23, 9 am to 1 pm
Bird Festival at Lake Artemesia

Lake Artemesia Natural Area.  Sponsored by Prince George’s Audubon Society.  4th annual migration-themed birding festival with live raptors and 11:00 am raptor talk; artist-led field sketching demo/workshop; 7:30 am bird walk for all skill levels; 10:00 am family nature walk; children’s games, crafts, coloring pages, bilingual Spanish/English activity pages; spotting scope set up; Monarch butterfly life cycle display.  For more information, contact Lynette Fullerton at birdzenbeads@yahoo.com.

Thursday, October 5, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, October 7, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at 7:30 am at east end of Lemon’s Bridge Road, off Route 197 just north of Bowie State University. No reservations needed. Contact Bill Sefton (kiwisuits@msn.com).

Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program
College Park Airport Operations Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD  20740 (Directions)

Mom’s Big Year, presented by Nancy McAllister

Join Nancy McAllister on her journey through a ‘Mom’s Big Year’ of birding the U.S. Nancy traveled to hotspots from coast-to-coast to see as many birds as possible throughout 2016. She encountered beautiful birds and fascinating people along the way. A Big Year is no small feat for a mom managing all the duties that go along with three young children, a husband and two unexpected new jobs!  Returning to her life-long passion for nature and travel proved to be both exhausting and exhilarating.  Nancy used the Big Year to begin her journey of healing after a family tragedy and has many wonderful and heartwarming stories to share from her Big Year adventures. Hear more about how Nancy juggled life, work, and family, and used her birding adventures to heal, renew, and rediscover herself.  Nancy’s adventures are sure to inspire!  Come and hear about how fueling your passion for nature can change your life too! www.momsbigyear.com

About the presenter:  Nancy McAllister is a biologist at the North American Bird Banding Laboratory and an adjunct professor of environmental science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She loves combining a career in field work, research and education. Nancy became an avid birder in the mid-1980s in her home state of New Jersey. Since then she’s worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and she started a non-profit watershed association. Recently, Nancy has been working with Wildside Nature Tours and did her own 2016 Big Year of birding, a Mom’s Big Year (www.momsbigyear.com). In February 2017, she was appointed by her County Executive to Howard County’s Environmental Sustainability Board. Nancy holds an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland with her husband, Paul, and their three children.

Thursday, October 19, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, October 21, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Governor Bridge Natural Area.  Monthly walk. Meet at the Natural Area parking lot on the south side of Governor Bridge Rd., 1 mile east of Route 301. No reservations needed. For more information contact Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com.

Thursday, November 2, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, November 4, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at 7:30 am at east end of Lemon’s Bridge Road, off Route 197 just north of Bowie State University. No reservations needed. Contact Bill Sefton (kiwisuits@msn.com).

Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program
College Park Airport Operations Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD  20740 (Directions)

The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership: A United Voice for Maryland’s Birds, presented by Chris Eberly

The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership (https://marylandbirds.org) was launched in 2014 to build the foundation of a collaborative, sustained effort to conserve Maryland birds and their habitat. Modeled after Partners in Flight, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, and other state-level efforts, MBCP is a coalition of government agencies, non-governmental groups, and citizen stakeholders that combines efforts to ensure the long-term health of native bird populations. To undertake this complex goal, MBCP facilitates collaboration on land conservation, research, data gathering and collation, citizen-science monitoring, outreach, and education.  The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership is giving birds one united voice in Maryland. Chris will describe how and where the Partnership is working and how you can become a part of this exciting conservation initiative.

About the presenter:  Chris Eberly is Director of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership. A Marylander by birth, he worked in the computer industry for 11 years before returning to graduate school at the University of Georgia. After graduating with an M.S. in natural resources/ornithology, Chris coordinated the Department of Defense’s Partners in Flight program for 17 years. He then served as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. Chris is excited to return to his roots to help make MBCP the leader in bird conservation in Maryland and beyond.

Wednesday, November 15, 9 am
Field Trip

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.  Meet at the Bowie Park and Ride to carpool to Blackwater for wintering waterfowl, eagles and other raptors, lingering shorebirds and songbirds.  Reservations required; limited to 10 participants. Must contact the leader, Barbara Ricciardi (barbararicciardi27@gmail.com), in advance. (Directions to Bowie Park & Ride)

Thursday, November 16, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Saturday, November 18, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Governor Bridge Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at the Natural Area parking lot on the south side of Governor Bridge Rd., 1 mile east of Route 301. No reservations needed. For more information contact Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com.

Saturday, December 2, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at 7:30 am at east end of Lemon’s Bridge Road, off Route 197 just north of Bowie State University. No reservations needed. Contact Bill Sefton (kiwisuits@msn.com).

Sunday, December 3, 8 am
Field Trip

Piscataway National Park. Field trip to this National Park Service facility on the Potomac River in the southwest corner of Prince George’s County, for wintering waterfowl, gulls, and songbirds.  Meet at the fishing area at the north end of Wharf Road.  From the DC Beltway (I-495), go south on Route 210/Indian Head Highway, then right (west) on Farmington Rd. West. Continue on Farmington Rd. to a sharp curve to the left, where you should turn right (north) onto Wharf Road (large wooden sign at intersection reads “Farmington Landing”). Follow Wharf Rd. to its end at the fishing area/boat launch. Contact the leader, David Mozurkewich, (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net), for more information.

Tuesday, December 5, 9 am
Bird Walk

Seasons at South Tract. One of a series of quarterly bird walks at the South Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge.  We will walk some of the trails and will stop at the Pollinator Garden bird feeding area by the Visitor Center. Be prepared to walk up to 2 miles. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Target species include migrating warblers, flycatchers, vireos, sparrows.   Additional walks are held September, March, and June, to explore the seasonal variation in bird use of the South Tract habitats.  Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center; bear left on entering the parking area and go all the way to the last section of the lot past the covered solar recharging station for electric vehicles.  For directions, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/directions.html. For further information, contact the leader, Marcia Watson at marshwren50@comcast.net.

Thursday, December 7, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area.   Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.

Tuesday, December 12, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program
College Park Airport Operations Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD  20740 (Directions)

Annual Holiday Social and Movie Night.  Join the Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s Audubon Society for popcorn and other refreshments to enjoy during our annual movie night.  One or more films on birds and/or conservation will be presented; film titles TBA at a later date.  Check back later for movie title(s).  Free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 16, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Governor Bridge Natural Area. Monthly walk. Meet at the Natural Area parking lot on the south side of Governor Bridge Rd., 1 mile east of Route 301. No reservations needed. For more information contact Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com.

Sunday, December 17
Jug Bay Christmas Bird Count

Annual bird census.  Volunteers are needed to count birds in a 15-mile diameter circle in the vicinity of Jug Bay.  Choose your own start and stop times, then come to a tally rally at the end of the day to share your data and socialize.  Contact compiler Sam Droege (sdroege@usgs.gov) to be put in touch with a sector leader to receive an area assignment.

Thursday, December 21, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Semi-monthly walk. Wheelchair-accessible. Meet at 3 pm at parking lot, at intersection of Berwyn Rd. and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights.  No reservations needed.  Contact David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) for more information.