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.
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 2020 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 held. 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
Patuxent Bird Club does not host meetings during the summer months.
Meetings will resume in September. Please check back later for the schedule.
Upcoming Bird Walks, Field Trips, and Other Activities
- Fran Uhler Natural Area – first Saturday of each month: July 2; August 6. 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: June 18; July 16; August 20. 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: July 7; July 21; August 4; August 18. 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 but changes to 6 pm from April through August.
- Saturday, June 25 – South Tract, Patuxent Research Refuge, half-day, start time 7:30 AM. Easy walk on trails around Cash Lake for breeding season songbirds. Be prepared to walk up to 2 miles; wear sturdy shoes. Meet in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center off Powder Mill Road; 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. Leader Ken Cohen. Reservations not needed. Click on title for directions and maps.
- Date change: Saturday August 20 – Bombay Hook and other nearby locations, full day, start time 9 AM. Gene Scarpulla and Marcia Watson will lead a trip to Bombay Hook and nearby sites at the height of the fall shorebird migration; this is also a good time to pick up interesting rare waders such as Tricolored Heron or White Ibis. This will mostly be a drive-and-park type trip with very little walking, but will require standing. Feel free to bring a small folding stool or lawn chair if you prefer to sit instead of stand. In addition to binoculars, bring spotting scope, sunscreen, hat, long-sleeved shirt & pants, as well as lunch, drinks, and snacks (there is no place to stop for food once we start birding). Also bring cash for Bombay Hook entrance fee ($4/vehicle), or use a current Duck Stamp or Federal permit. Meet at Bombay Hook Visitor Center parking area at 9 AM. Full day. Reservations required; please RSVP to Marcia Watson (email@example.com) no later than Monday August 15. May be cancelled or postponed in the event of heavy rain but will proceed as scheduled if there is light rain. For directions, see https://www.friendsofbombayhook.org/visitorinfo.html. Be aware of the toll at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge; the bridge no longer has cash toll lanes and all tolls are collected through EZPass or Video Tolling.