Caroline County Bird Club and Friends of Gravelly Branch need volunteers for a garbage clean-up Saturday, April 5

Meet there at 9 am.  Directions below.

Nick Carter, Nancy Eash, and others have organized this clean-up.  There is a lot of trash down in the creek and along the sanctuary.  It will be muddy due to recent rain, so dress accordingly.  Also, bring work gloves and trash bags.  Nancy has arranged for a garbage pickup.

It's been a few years since we've done a clean-up in Pelot, so I hope a few of you can join us!

Information about MYRTLE SIMON PELOT, Caroline County

This sanctuary was purchased in 1972 using a bequest to the MOS from Mrs. Myrtle Pelot of Ridgely. It is approximately 60 acres of deciduous swamp forest varying from 9 to 20 feet above sea level.

Originally the land was part of an old mill property with Draper Mill Road forming the dam, which impounded Gravelly Branch. The dam washed out in 1937, and the rich pond sediments now support a thriving forest. It is located in the Red Bridges area of the Choptank River, an area that local birders have enjoyed for years. Pelot Sanctuary is an oasis for flowers, birds, and other fauna in the midst of a predominantly agricultural area.

A marked trail begins at the sanctuary sign and there is a rest area with benches approximately 200 yards in on the left. There is parking for two or three cars along the road near the bridge.

From Rt 313 in Greensboro, turn east onto Whiteleysburg Rd (Rt 314).
Left on Wothers Rd, then Right on Boyce Mill Rd.
Left on Drapers Mill Road - look for sanctuary sign on the right.

Don't miss the Caroline County Bird Club April 17 program on the 2013/2014 Snowy Owl Invasion!

Caroline County Bird Club invites you to our FREE April 17 program at the Caroline County Public Library, Denton at 7:30 PM. 

                                                                                                                            Photo by Danny Poet

Bill Stewart will present "The 2013/2014 Snowy Owl Invasion:  A Much Closer Look"

Bill Stewart, Director of Partnerships and Marketing for the American Birding Association and VP of the Delmarva Ornithological Society, will examine this year's Snowy Owl invasion into the Delmarva region and beyond.  Utilizing up-to-the-minute data collected from eBird, Project SNOWstorm and other resources, Bill will present the latest findings, sightings and theories pertaining to this historical Snowy Owl irruption.  Bill will also share some helpful tips on field identification between males, females and juveniles along with recent video and a somewhat comical look at the resourcefulness of these majestic owls while they visit our region.


Caroline County Bird Club program on Rain Gardens March 20, 2014

Come to our FREE program  about Rain Gardens - their benefits and how to create one presented by Dee Navolis, Communications Coordinator and Wetland Educator, Environmental Concerns .    

Thursday, March 20 - 7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Rain Gardens are a beautiful way to help control storm water runoff, improve water quality, recharge groundwater, and in addition they provide habitat for local wildlife.

For more information about Environmental Concerns and how to create a rain garden, go to http://www.wetland.org/nursery_raingarden.htm

Photo from Environmental Concerns


Caroline County Bird Club Movie Night February 20, 2014 featuring "Birders: the Central Park Effect

Come to  the Caroline County Bird Club Thursday, February 20   Movie Night featuring “Birders:  the Central Park Effect”
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.
A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives.

Popcorn and soda will be available!

See you then!
E. Screech-Owl in Tree


Caroline County Bird Club schedule for Winter - Spring 2014

Thursday, January 16 -    Les Coble presents  “Bird Trivia”
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Thursday, February 20  - Movie  “Birders:  the Central Park Effect”
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Saturday, March 1.  Co-sponsored MOS Board meeting with Talbot Bird Club.  Time and location – TBA

Thursday, March 20 –   “Rain gardens” presented by Katelin Frase, Senior Educator, Environmental Concerns
 7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Thursday, April 17 –   TBA
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Saturday, May 10 –Caroline. May Bird Count.  Contact Debby Bennett at carolinebirdclub@gmail.com for more information.

Thursday, May 15 –  Program.  Members Night
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.


Caroline County Bird Club - Zachary Ladin presentation on declining songbirds - Thursday, Nov 21 at 7:30 pm at the Caroline County Public Library, Denton

Thursday, November  21 – Program.  Zachary Ladin, University of Delaware Doctoral candidate in Ornithology will present "Impacts of urbanization and forest fragmentation on declining songbirds."   He will include his wood thrush research he is conducting through the University of Delaware”.   He has been working in the lab the past month, and will have some exciting results to talk about.

 7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.  

Here is a teaser YouTube about Zach and his work to convince you that you don't want to miss this program! 



Caroline County Bird Club's October 2013 events

You don’t have to be a member of the club or a great birder to attend! Just come join the fun!

Saturday, October 12 -   Bird Walk at Tuckahoe State Park (Tuckahoe Creek IBA) Leader:  Danny Poet.  Meet at the Caroline County side of Lake parking lot at 7:30 am. 

Thursday, October 17 –  Program.  Ron Gutberiet.  “A Wild Curlew Chase: Two Birders in Alaska”
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton. 

Saturday October 26 – Bird Walk.  Lynch Preserve, Two Johns.  Leader:  Debby Bennett.  8 am Park/meet at the end of Robins Creek Road.  For more information about the preserve, go to:  http://www.eslc.org/2012/07/lynch-preserve-now-open-to-public/

About Caroline County Bird Club