Calendar

Update as of January 1, 2022

The Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s Audubon Society host monthly meetings with guest speakers from September through June.Meetings are on the second Tuesday evening of the month. Scroll down to see the meeting schedule. 

We are currently holding meetings online through the Zoom platform because of the ongoing Covid situation. Meetings are free and open to the public. Members of Patuxent Bird Club will receive an email containing the Zoom link for each meeting. Members of the public can check below for instructions on obtaining the link.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, please see the article on using Zoom in the September-October 2020 Patuxent Bird Club Newsletter. You can join a bird club Zoom meeting with downloading any software or setting up a Zoom account. See instructions on joining a Zoom meeting without an account. On the other hand, if you wish, you can download the free Zoom app to your computer, tablet or smartphone, and set up a free personal Zoom account. Either way, there is no cost to you to participate in the bird club meetings on Zoom. 

Scroll down for details about upcoming meetings.

In-person meetings have usually been held at the Operations Building at the historic College Park Airport, 2nd Floor, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740 (click for map and directions. We will resume in-person meetings as soon as the board deems it safe to do so with respect to Covid.

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Upcoming Meetings with Guest Speakers

Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker
Birding Ecuador
Presented by Jane & Fred Fallon

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While further afield than Costa Rica or Panama as a neotropical birding destination, Ecuador is becoming increasingly popular with North American birders. One of South America’s smaller countries, it is nonetheless larger than the UK; about the size of Colorado. Within that area is a wide variety of habitat, a consequence of the Andes Mountains bisecting the country and creating distinct zones of high and low altitude, and wet and dry forests – including a good chunk of Amazonian rainforest. As a result, the country’s species list is over 1,600 (of which 200 are migrants from North America), comparing favorably with such giants as Colombia and Venezuela. In this talk, examples of native species will be illustrated, with emphasis on the different families represented and their relation to habitat regions. Interspersed, we’ll cover living conditions, infrastructure, and tips on travel.

About the Presenters: Jane Fallon was raised in Northern Lower Michigan, in the resort town of Petoskey on the shores of Lake Michigan. She earned a BS at Michigan State University and an MS in Mathematics at The Ohio State University. After working in Chicago for a couple of years she moved to Maryland. She likes to be outside whether birding, botanizing, hiking, kayaking, or gardening. Jane retired from Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in 2013.

Fred’s educational background is in astronomy, optics, and statistics, with a bit of aeronomy and geophysics. He has a PhD in astronomy from the University of Florida and has conducted research at the University of South Florida, Goddard Space Flight Center, and NOAA. He is a native of this area, raised in Silver Spring (and Selby Bay near Edgewater during summers), where he started birding at age 14, and got really serious about 40 years ago after joining MOS and PGAS. Fred has long been active in bird conservation, for several years leading the MD Partners in Flight Habitat Committee, where he was proud to have helped write the ground-breaking manual “Habitat Management Guidelines for the Benefit of Land Birds in Maryland” in collaboration with great regional experts. While on a PGAS canoe trip, Fred met future wife Jane. Since then, they’ve birded together for over 30 years and been active in our Patuxent chapter. They’ve been happy taking a few excursions far afield such as this trip to Ecuador.

Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Churchill, Manitoba: Birds, Bears, and Belugas
Presented by Dr. Matthew C. Perry

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The talk by Matt Perry is based on 13 trips he made to Churchill, Manitoba, in conjunction with his research on seaducks, but also as a leader of ecotours. Most of his time was devoted to Long-tailed Ducks, but in the process, he had exciting experiences with many species of birds, as well as bears and belugas. His program will reveal the importance of this sub-tundra area to all groups of wildlife, while presenting highlights of his studies with ducks. The Churchill area provides the geography, climate, vegetation, and invertebrates that make it outstanding habitat for a great diversity of birds and other wildlife, including charismatic species like polar bears and belugas.

About the Presenter: Dr. Matthew C. Perry is a Scientist Emeritus at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Dr. Perry’s love of birds was a constant throughout his life and resulted in him choosing to major in wildlife management at the University of Rhode Island. He also earned an MS degree in wildlife management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in avian science from the University of Maryland. Matt served as an officer in the US Navy during the mid-1960s and spent many hours cruising off the coast of South Vietnam. Later Matt worked at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, where he conducted numerous research studies, mainly in waterfowl nutrition, Chesapeake Bay ecology, and in the management, restoration, and creation of wildlife habitat. His last official research projects dealt with a study of seaducks in the Atlantic Flyway, which included a nutrition study of captive ducks and a satellite telemetry tracking study with wild ducks. Matt retired after 45 years with the Federal government, but as an emeritus scientist continues to publish research articles, and recently completed a research project in Argentina dealing with satellite telemetry of ducks. Matt is a founding member of the Prince George’s Audubon Society and a long-time member of Patuxent Bird Club and MOS.

Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Exploring and Birding Puerto Rico
Presented by Matt Felperin

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In January 2022, Matt was lucky enough to be gifted a spot for a guided birding tour of Puerto Rico. Due to the island’s diligent COVID protocols and its status as a U.S. territory, it was a perfect place to travel to during the pandemic. Because of the island’s small size, there is a lot of ground that can be covered in a week’s time. The group was able to observe all ~17 endemic birds on the island in addition to several other “lifers” for Matt. In this presentation, Matt will share vivid, high-resolution photographs of wildlife and scenery he encountered, in addition to tips on how to bird this island paradise on your own!

About the presenter: Matt Felperin is a D.C. area local, raised in Takoma Park, MD.  He is the Roving Naturalist with NOVA Parks, the regional park system of Northern Virginia. Matt has always been drawn to nature, and has been sharing his findings with anyone within earshot since his days as a small child looking for salamanders and crayfish in nearby Sligo Creek. He truly treasures the Chesapeake Bay and has enjoyed field work and naturalist programs in several types of habitats within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and credits working under naturalist Greg Kearns for sparking his love of birds. As the NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt leads environmental education and recreation programs such as bird walks and kayak tours for the public. He views his wildlife photography work as one of the most useful tools to connect people with nature. Matt serves as the Coordinator of the Fall Bird Count for our chapter, and also manages our Facebook page. 

Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before film 
Annual Holiday Film Night; film TBA

Tuesday, January 10 , 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Saving Grassland Birds in Southern Maryland, presented by David Moulton. More information will be posted at a later date.

Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Speaker TBA. More information will be posted at a later date.

Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Speaker TBA. More information will be posted at a later date.

Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Speaker TBA. More information will be posted at a later date.

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Speaker TBA. More information will be posted at a later date.

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 pm – Zoom opens at at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker 
Annual Members Night. Members of Patuxent Bird Club and PGAS will share their photos of birds and birding. More information will be posted at a later date.

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Upcoming Bird Walks, Field Trips, and Other Activities

  • Fran Uhler Natural Area – first Saturday of each month: December 3, January 7, February 4Leader: Bill Sefton. Meet at the parking area off Lemons Bridge Road north of Bowie State University at 7:30 am. Click link for directions and maps. 
  • Governor Bridge Natural Area – third Saturday of each month: November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18. Leader: Bill Sefton. Meet at the parking area off Governor Bridge Road, south and east of the Route 301/Route 3/Route 50 interchange at 7:30 am. Click link for directions and maps.
  • Lake Artemesia Natural Area – first and third Thursdays of each month: November 17, December 1, December 15, January 5, January 19, February 2, February 16. The walks are led by Terry Watson and Marc Manheimer on an alternating basis. Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Ballew Avenue and Berwyn Road in Berwyn Heights. The start time is 3 pm from September through March but changes to 6 pm from April through August.
  • Bladensburg Waterfront Park & the Anacostia River Trail  – Sunday, November 20, 7:30 am. We’ll check the Anacostia River at Bladensburg for early waterfowl and gulls, and then stroll down the Anacostia River Trail, which passes through shrubby fields and wetlands – excellent habitat for sparrows and marshland birds. Round trip distance of about 2.5 miles. Trail is paved and wheelchair-accessible. Leader Kevin Bennett. Reservations not needed. Meet at 7:30 AM at the pavilion at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, off MD Route 450 just west of MD Route 201. Click here for Google map and directions.
  • Wharf Road Fishing Area at Piscataway National Park  – Saturday, December 10, 8:00 am.  The mouth of the Piscataway Creek at the Potomac River is one of the best spots in PG County for wintering waterfowl and gulls. The parking lot at the Wharf Road fishing area (aka Farmington Landing) is gravel-surfaced; birding will be near the parked cars and is wheelchair-accessible. There may also be a short stroll for landbirds on a section of the paved road. Opportunities for side-trips to other parts of the national park afterward. Bring scopes and snacks. Leader Ken Cohen. Reservations not needed. Meet at the Fishing Area at the north end of Wharf Road at 8 am. Click here for Google map and directions.
  • Jug Bay Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 18. Compiler Marcia Watson. Details will be provided in the November-December newsletter.

  • Bowie Christmas Bird Count – Monday, January 2, 2023. Compiler Dave Mozurkewich. Details will be provided in the November-December newsletter.

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