Update as of September 1, 2021
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.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Directors of Patuxent Bird Club, in consultation with the Board of Prince George’s Audubon Society, has decided to continue with online meetings for the immediate future. Online meetings are being offered through the Zoom platform. Meetings are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please complete the registration form at the link provided for each meeting as listed below, no later than midnight of the Sunday preceding the meeting.
If you are not familiar with Zoom, please see the article on using Zoom in the September-October Patuxent Bird Club Newsletter. Scroll down for information about upcoming meetings.
As of July 2021, Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s Audubon Society have resumed monthly bird walks at Lake Artemesia, Fran Uhler Natural Area, and Governor Bridge Natural Area, and some additional field trips are being added. Scroll down for details. Check back later for more updates.
A COVID tip: Before you go birding, call or check the website for any place you plan to visit, to make sure they are open and to determine if any COVID restrictions are in place.
Upcoming Meetings with Guest Speakers
Tuesday, September 14, 2021; start time 7:30 pm, sign in to Zoom at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker
Patuxent Research Refuge: A Gem in our Midst
Presented by Jennifer Greiner
Jennifer Greiner is the Refuge Manager at Patuxent Research Refuge, our local refuge that is part of the National Wildlife Refuge system. Jennifer will give us an overview of the Refuge, and will discuss some of its unique aspects as well as its habitats and wildlife species. She will explain how Patuxent is participating in the US Fish & Wildlife’s Urban Refuge Initiative, and will describe the good things happening at all three tracts of the Refuge. Jennifer will also explain how you can get involved.
About the presenter: Jennifer Greiner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kalamazoo College and a Master’s in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan. Now in her 27th year with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jennifer has served the agency at its national headquarters, at the North-Atlantic Regional office, and in the field. In 2020, she assumed the position of Refuge Manager for the 13,000-acre Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, and was appointed by Governor Hogan as Federal Facilities representative on the Patuxent River Commission. Her past positions include habitat coordinator for the watershed-wide Chesapeake Bay Program, National Coordinator for the agency’s Coastal Program, and Wildlife Biologist with the Endangered Species program. Jennifer and her family live near Herring Bay in Anne Arundel County, where she enjoys paddling, RVing, running half marathons, and singing in a band called Shoal Sister.
This program, sponsored by Patuxent Bird Club and PGAS, will be presented via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required and seats are limited. Please submit the registration form no later than midnight of Sunday, September 12. Your Zoom link will be sent by email on Monday, September 13, but only if you register by midnight on Sunday.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021; start time 7:30 pm, sign in to Zoom at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker
Natural Filters in the Anacostia River, the Recovery of an Urban Waterway
Presented by Jorge Bogantes Montero
For more than three decades, the Anacostia Watershed Society has been working on recovering the Anacostia River’s ecosystems, especially its natural filters. After decades of restoration, education, and advocacy work, we are seeing a great recovery of the biodiversity of the aquatic ecosystems in the Anacostia River. This presentation will be a virtual tour of the river and a tale of recovery of what once was a neglected urban waterway in the nation’s capital.
About the presenter: Jorge Bogantes Montero is a Natural Resources Specialist at the Anacostia Watershed Society in Bladensburg, MD. He leads ecological restoration efforts on public parklands in the Anacostia River watershed, including wetland restoration, tree plantings, meadow creation, SAV propagation, mussel propagation, wildlife monitoring, and invasive plant management. Jorge has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management and Protection from the Universidad Estatal a Distancia in San Jose, Costa Rica, his native country. Before moving to the U.S., Jorge worked in Costa Rica on tropical biodiversity conservation.
This program, sponsored by Patuxent Bird Club and PGAS, will be presented via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required and seats are limited. Please submit the registration form no later than midnight of Sunday, October 10. Your Zoom link will be sent by email on Monday, October 11, but only if you register by midnight on Sunday.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021; start time 7:30 pm, sign in to Zoom at 7:00 pm for informal social time before speaker
Waterfowl of the Chesapeake Bay: Exploring and Solving Mysteries
Presented by Dr. Matthew C. Perry
Dr. Matt Perry will discuss the history of waterfowl in the Chesapeake Bay from the time of Captain John Smith to the present-day as they compete with humans for optimum habitat. Dr. Perry will provide in-depth information about Chesapeake Bay studies of the Canvasback, known as the King of the Bay, and the latest tracking studies of seaducks using satellite telemetry. He will also explore how species such as Mute Swans, Canada Geese, and Snow Geese are destroying habitat for other waterfowl species.
About the presenter: Dr. Matthew C. Perry is a Scientist Emeritus from the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (now known as the Eastern Ecological Science Center). Dr. Perry’s love of birds was a constant throughout his life and resulted in him majoring in wildlife management at the University of Rhode Island. He later earned an MS degree in wildlife management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in avian science from the University of Maryland. He served as an officer in the US Navy during the mid-1960s and spent many hours cruising off the coast of South Vietnam. 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.
This program, sponsored by Patuxent Bird Club and PGAS, will be presented via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required and seats are limited. Please submit the registration form no later than midnight of Sunday, November 7. Your Zoom link will be sent by email on Monday, November 8, but only if you register by midnight on Sunday.
Tuesday, December 8, 2021; doors open at 7:00 pm for meeting start at 7:30 pm
Annual Holiday Movie Night
Featuring “Bird of Prey,” a film by Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Join the Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s Audubon Society for our annual holiday film night. The feature-length film “Bird of Prey” explores the vanishing world of the Great Philippine Eagle and reveals the people determined to save it. The film follows Emmy award-winning wildlife cinematographer, Neil Rettig, as he embarks on the most challenging assignment of his career: to find and film the rarest eagle on the planet. The footage weaves a remarkable story of the world’s rarest eagle species and the heroic individuals working tirelessly to save it. Since its release in 2018, Bird of Prey, has screened to countless audiences around the world and throughout the Philippines where the film has become an invaluable tool for raising awareness and support for conservation of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.
The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the critically endangered Philippine Eagle, preserving its rainforest habitat, and working with the communities that share its home. In addition to scientific research, public education, and culture-based conservation, they operate the only breeding and rehabilitation facility for the species in the world — the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in Davao City.
In conjunction with our screening of the film, the Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s Audubon Society will be making a small donation to support the work of the Philippine Eagle Foundation. To learn more about Philippine Eagles and how you can help support the eagles, visit: https://www.philippineeaglefoundation.org.
This program, sponsored by Patuxent Bird Club and PGAS, will be presented via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required and seats are limited. Please register no later than midnight of Sunday, December 12. To register, go to the registration form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZBUg-sdY3bpl_XNaZuylwNUH9g9xEG0y-AKB2wuKPVE/edit?usp=sharing. Your Zoom link will be sent by email on Monday, December 13, but only if you register before then.
Additional meeting dates will be as follows; check back later for details on speakers and venues;
- Tuesday, January 11, 2022
- Tuesday, February 8, 2022
- Tuesday, March 8, 2022
- Tuesday, April 12, 2022
- Tuesday, May 10, 2022
- Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Upcoming Bird Walks, Field Trips, and Other Activities
- Fran Uhler Natural Area – first Saturday of each month: November 6, December 4, January 1, February 5. Leader: 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 20, December 18, January 15, February 19.
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 4, November 18, December 2, December 16, January 6, January 20, February 3, February 17. Leader: rotates as schedules permit. 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.
- Bladensburg Waterfront Park & the Anacostia River Trail – Sunday, November 21, 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.
- Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge – Friday, November 26, 7:30 am. Cohost: Anne Arundel Bird Club. Annual Barbara Ricciardi Memorial Field Trip. Trip will have a limited number of participants; reservations required. PBC & PGAs members should contact Ken Cohen to register. Car-pooling only with members of your own household. Leader (Peter Hanan) may require masks to be worn if safe distance cannot be maintained in the field. Bring food & drinks in case the group decides not to stop at a restaurant for lunch. Meet at 7:30 am at Bay 50 Shopping Center off US Route 50 just west of the Bay Bridge at Exit 31.
- Wharf Road Fishing Area at Piscataway National Park – Saturday, December 11, 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. Bring scopes and snacks. The fishing area parking lot 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 park afterward. 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.
Sunday, December 19. Jug Bay Christmas Bird Count
The Jug Bay CBC is scheduled for Sunday, December 19, 2021. The Jug Bay count circle, centered near Dunkirk in Calvert County, spans the Patuxent River and includes parts of Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, and Calvert Counties. The circle extends from Upper Marlboro on the west to the Chesapeake Bay on the east. Contact compiler Marcia Watson to volunteer and receive an area assignment.
Friday, December 31. Bowie Christmas Bird Count
The Bowie CBC is scheduled for Friday December 31, 2021. The Bowie count circle includes parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties and is centered in Bowie. The circle extends from inside the Capital Beltway on the west to just east of Crofton. Contact compiler David Mozurkewich to volunteer and to receive an area assignment.