1/16/18

Winter - Spring 2018 events for the Caroline County Bird Club


Please join us!  

All our programs and events are free and open to the public!


Thursday, January 18 – Program.  Wayne Bell and Samantha Pitts presenters. "Citizen Science at Pickering Creek: Audubon Climate Watch and eBird Monitoring."
  7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Thursday, February 15 –Program. Steve Westre Presenter.  Overview of Caroline County’s Christmas Counts 1950 to the present.
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Thursday, March 15 – Program: Alice Mohrman, Education Coordinator for Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, Delaware Nature Society “Gardening for Clean water and Butterflies”
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Thursday, April 19 –  Program.  David Curson, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Maryland-D.C. presenter. “Saving the Chesapeake’s Shrinking Marshes”.  He will also give an update on Maryland’s Important Bird Areas (IBAs).
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.


Saturday, May 12 –Caroline. May Bird Count.  Contact Debby Bennett at 410-829-4952 or dabennett1996@gmail.com for more information.

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

For more information about birding and the Caroline County Bird Club, go to:  http://carolinebirdclubmos.blogspot.com

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10/31/17

November 2017 events for the Caroline County Bird Club

Please join us -


Sunday, November 12, 2017. Bird Trip to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
 Meet at Denton Rite Aid parking lot at 7:00 am to car pool. Dress appropriately for walking and standing outside and bring snacks/lunch and something to drink.  And of course, if you have them, bring binoculars and spotting scopes.
More information about the wildlife refuge - https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Chincoteague/about.html

Thursday, November 16, 2017. Program.  Matt Pluta, Choptank Riverkeeper "The State of the Choptank River: a review of our current water quality sampling results and local initiatives.”
This is part of the Midshore Riverkeeper initiatives - http://www.midshoreriverkeeper.org/
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton. 


All activities are free and open to the public.



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10/10/17

Caroline County Bird Club has a great upcoming program on Best Practices for Building and Installing Bluebird Box Predator Guards on Oct 19


Come join us! Thursday, October 19, 2017

George Beston will show us some best practices for building and installing bluebird box predator guards.  He will also cover predator guards for bird feeders.
 
7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.  

All our meetings and programs are free and open to the public!

9/29/17

Caroline County Bird Club invites everyone to its 4th Annual Big Sit! Saturday, Oct 7, 2017







Caroline County Bird Club invites everyone to its 4th Annual Big Sit!
DATE:  Saturday, October 7, 2017
WHERE:  Tuckahoe State Park Lake Gazebo near public restrooms
TIMES:  7:30 am – 6:00 pm




WHAT IS THE BIG SIT! ?
The Big Sit! is an annual bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.   It is free and sponsored by Bird Watcher’s Digest.

RULES OF PLAY:
·       We will have a 17-foot diameter (circle) marked around the gazebo.
·       There will be Caroline County Bird Club members participating with a team leader.
·       This is free and open to the public.  The more the merrier! Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them.  Bring some chairs. Bring food and drinks.  Stay as long as you like!
·       Passers-by are welcome!
·       Observations can only be made from within our pre-determined 17-foot (diameter) circle.
·       If a bird is seen or heard from within the circle but is too distant to identify, the circle can be left to get a closer look/listen to confirm the bird's identity. However, any new bird species seen or heard while confirming the original, can't be counted unless it's seen or heard from an "anchor" who stayed behind in our circle, or is seen by you when you return to your circle.
·       The group leader will make sure sightings are within the designated area (or flew over it).
·       We will keep a list and tally the number of species that we observe.

PLEDGES REQUESTED:
·       For every species seen, the Caroline County Bird Club will donate a dollar.  We ask for others to pledge as well.
·       Proceeds will go to Tuckahoe State Park’s Scales and Tales Program.

This event is co-sponsored by Tuckahoe State Park


8/14/17

Gearing up for a great 2017 Fall with the Caroline County Bird Club!



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Sunday, September 3, 2017.  Bird Walk at Tuckahoe State Park.  Leader:  Danny Poet.
Meet at Queen Anne’s side parking lot near boat ramp at 8 am. 



Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Maryland Ornithological Society Board meeting – Caroline County Bird Club host. Refreshments will be provided. 
Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton from 7:30 am – 2 pm.



Photo by Danny Poet

The full Fall schedule is located to the left of this posting.

5/9/17

Caroline County Bird Club bird walk at the Lynch Preserve in Two Johns May 6 hosted a small but mighty turn out of both humans and birds

Danny Poet and Debby Bennett co-lead the walk.

Species seen and/or heard were the following:

Mourning Dove     2
Grackle    4
Mockingbird  1
Catbird   2
Tufted Titmouse      2
Pileated Woodpecker    1
Robin       3
American Goldfinch    3
Brown Headed Cowbird  2
House Finch     2
Starling     2
Turkey Vulture     2
Fish Crow   1
Cardinal     1
House Wren 2
Great Blue Heron  1
Brown Thrasher     1
Red Bellied Woodpecker    2
Carolina  Chickadee   1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Mallard  2
Louisiana Waterthrush    1
Carolina Wren 1
Worm-eating Warbler 2
Veery       1
Red-winged Blackbird   6
Ovenbird   2
Canada Goose    2
Common Yellowthroat   1
Wood Thrush    2
Blue Jay 1
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Scarlet Tanager   1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Wood Duck  1

3/30/17

Caroline County Bird Club thanks Nick and Margaret Carter for picking up trash at the Pelot Wildlife Sanctuary March 31, 2017


As part of Project Clean Stream Day,  the  Caroline County Bird Club held a garbage cleanup of the Myrtle Simon Pelot  Sanctuary and nearby area  on Friday, March 31,  with the Friends of Gravelly Branch. 

Thanks to Nick and Margaret Carter for cleaning up the Sanctuary today!!!



Anyone is welcome to walk the Sanctuary.
  This sanctuary was purchased in 1972 using a bequest to the Maryland Ornithological Society from Mrs. Myrtle Pelot of Ridgely, MD. 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  along the road near the bridge.





Directions:  From Rt. 313 Greensboro, turn right on to Whitelysburg Rd.   
Left on Wothers, then Right on Boyce Mill Rd.  
Left on Drapers Mill Road- look for sanctuary sign on the right.

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