Calendar

Saturday, March 4, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. 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) for more information.

Thursday, March 16, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, March 18, 7:30 am.
Bird Walk

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

Saturday, April 1, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. 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) for more information.

Thursday, April 6, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, April 11, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program

College Park Airport Administration Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD 20740

Native Bees of Maryland, presented by Gene Scarpulla.
Did you know that there are approximately 4000 species of bees in the United States, 800 species east of the Mississippi River, and over 400 species in Maryland? Little is known about the populations of most of these species. In 2009, Gene Scarpulla conducted a yearlong survey of the bees on Hart-Miller Island in the Chesapeake Bay to increase our knowledge of Maryland’s bees. Gene will give a brief overview of the history of Hart-Miller Island, describe his yearlong survey, discuss general bee biology and identification (bees vs. wasps vs. flies [mimics]), and show the amazing diversity of Maryland’s bees.  Gene Scarpulla is an Associate at the Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where he surveys and identifies native bees and wasps. Gene is also the Journal Editor for Maryland Birdlife and The Maryland Entomologist.

Saturday, April 15, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

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

Thursday, April 20, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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.

Sunday, April 30, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Piscataway Park, on the Potomac River in southwestern Prince George’s County. Meet at 7:30 am at north end of Wharf Rd. in Piscataway. 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 a fishing area/boat launch. Contact the leader, David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net), for more information.

Thursday, May 4, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, May 6, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. 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) for more information.

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program

College Park Airport Administration Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD 20740

Brazil: Rio, Iguazu, and the Pantanal, presented by Greg Kearns.
Greg, long-time naturalist, rail and osprey bander/researcher and photographer at Patuxent River Park for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, spent time in Brazil on an exchange program invitation through Partners of the Americas to consult on parks and environmental issues. Greg will share these experiences through his always fascinating stories and pictures as he explores Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls (one of the largest waterfalls in the world), and the Pantanal. The Pantanal is a wetland the size of England and one of the greatest places on earth to view wildlife. The word ‘Pantanal’ originated from Portuguese word ‘pantano’ meaning marshland. The Pantanal is 76,000 sq mi in area and its major portion is located in Brazil (in Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul Provinces), with additional portions in Bolivia and Paraguay. During rainy seasons, 80% of its area gets submerged underwater forming a miniature inland sea. 

Learn about the natural history of the region and see photographs of creatures such as endangered golden lion tamarins, coatimundis, capybaras, marsh deer, caiman, and a great diversity of birds, including the Hyacinth Macaw, Red-legged Seriema, Black-collared Hawk, Guira Cuckoo, and Jabiru, to name a few. For those who are interested in watching wildlife in natural settings, no place offers more. It is believed that about 10 million crocodiles live here comfortably. The biodiversity of this area is astonishing: 3500 species of plants, 650 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 100 species of mammals, 80 species of reptiles are just some of the inhabitants of this wonderful land.

Thursday, May 18, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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.

Friday through Sunday, May 19-21
MOS Convention

Wisp Resort, McHenry, MD (Garrett County). See details in the MarylandYellowthroat, and at the MOS website, http://www.MDBirds.org, where you can download a registration form, due April 24. Hotel reservations should be made directly with Wisp. Call 301-387-4000, x1 from 8 am-7 pm; specify Group Booking ID 2669. Hotel reservations should be made by April 19 to guarantee one of the blocks we’ve set aside. MOS members will receive the registration brochure both by e-mail and in the mail. There will be seminars on moth ID, field sketching, and J J Audubon’s life history. There will be an excellent line-up of field trips to both traditional and new sites in Garrett County and adjoining areas. A new innovation will be an optional extension through Sunday afternoon and informal field trips Monday morning. So, if far-western MD is new to you, this will be an excellent introduction to the area and its birds.

Saturday, May 20, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

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

Tuesday, May 23 (rain date Wednesday, May 24).
Field Trip

Hart-Miller Birding-by-Bus Trip. Join the Patuxent Bird Club, Prince George’s Audubon Society, and Anne Arundel Bird Club for a rare birding BUS trip on Hart-Miller Island, courtesy of Maryland Environmental Service (MES). No seven-mile hike required! The bus will stop frequently to allow us to get out to look for birds. Hart-Miller is a dredged material containment facility, similar to Poplar Island. The 1100-acre island is located south of Baltimore, just off the mouth of Back River, and has a history of hosting a spectacular assortment of migrating and resident birds, including many that are rare for Maryland. As of July 2016, the species count for Hart-Miller stood at 282. During a lunch break in the administration building, an MES representative will give a presentation on the development of Hart-Miller as a managed habitat for the benefit of wildlife. Space is strictly limited because of the capacity of the boat and bus, and reservations are necessary. To reserve your spot, send an email to Marcia Watson at marshwren50@comcast.net, no later than May 1. Marcia will provide you with details on meeting place and time, and what to bring.

Saturday, May 27, 7:00am
Field Trip

Eastern Shore sites for spring shorebird migration. Meet at Bowie Park & Ride on Northview Drive off Route 197, at the ungodly hour of 7 am (dictated by tides). Make reservations with trip leader Fred Fallon at fwfallon@ymail.com.

Thursday, June 1, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, June 3, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. 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) for more information.

Tuesday, June 6, 8 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 and 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 swallows, warblers, flycatchers, vireos, sparrows, as well as breeding waterfowl. Additional walks will be held in September, December, and March, to explore the seasonal variation in bird use of the South Tract habitats. Meet in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center at 8:00 am. For directions, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/directions.html . For further information, contact the leader, Marcia Watson at marshwren50@comcast.net.

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program

College Park Airport Administration Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD 20740

Members’ Night. Join us for a potpourri of short (10 minute) slide presentations on eclectic topics presented by PBC & PGAS members. If you have slides and story to share, please sign up by June 6 by contacting David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net).

Thursday, June 15, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, June 17, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

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

Saturday, July 1, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. 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) for more information.

Thursday, July 6, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, July 15, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

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

Thursday, July 20, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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.

Thursday, August 3, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, August 5, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. 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) for more information.

Thursday, August 17, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, August 19, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

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

Saturday, September 2, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

Fran Uhler Natural Area. 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) for more information.

Thursday, September 7, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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, 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 in December, March, and June, to explore the seasonal variation in bird use of the South Tract habitats. Meet in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center at 9:00 am. For directions, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/directions.html . For further information, contact the leader, Marcia Watson at marshwren50@comcast.net.

Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Monthly Meeting and Speaker Program

College Park Airport Administration Building, 2nd Floor
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD 20740

Topic and speaker TBA

Saturday, September 16, 7:30 am
Bird Walk

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

Thursday, September 21, 3 pm
Bird Walk

Lake Artemesia. 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.