12/20/22

Caroline County Bird Club Winter - Spring 2023 Schedule

Please note that we will be meeting the third Saturday morning of the month January - May 2023 at the Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center, 3 Crouse Park Lane, Denton, MD.

All our events are free and open to the public!

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Saturday, January 21, 2023 – Program.  9 am – 11 am. Gabriel Foley, MD State Bird Atlas Coordinator:  Breeding Bird Atlas Update and Strategies for Year Four.
Location: Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center, 3 Crouse Park Lane, Denton, MD

Friday, February 17 - 20, 2023: The Great Backyard Bird Count. How to participate:  https://www.birdcount.org/participate/

Saturday, February 18, 2023 – Program.  9 am – 11 am. TBA
Location: Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center, 3 Crouse Park Lane, Denton, MD

Sunday, February 26, 2023 – Basic Bird Walk at Tuckahoe State Park. Bill Scudder and Debby Bennett, leaders.  Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at 8 am.  Good for beginners learning to identify birds and breeding bird behavior and how to use Merlin and ebird apps.  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars and your smart phone if you have one.  

Saturday, March 18, 2023 – Program.  9 am – 11 am.  Wayne Bell, Presenter. “30% Fewer Birds in North America: Lost from Maryland’s Eastern Shore?”
Location: Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center, 3 Crouse Park Lane, Denton, MD

Saturday, March 25, 2023 – Bird Walk at North County Regional Park. Meet at parking lot at end of drive at 8 am.  Leaders:  Debby Bennett and Robin Lahnemann.

Saturday, April 15, 2023–  Program.  9 am – 11 am. Donna Cole: Bald Eagle poisonings on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Location: Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center, 3 Crouse Park Lane, Denton, MD

Saturday, April 22, 2023 – Project Clean Stream/Earth Day clean-up day at Pelot Sanctuary.  Meet at the Sanctuary  9 am.  Wear proper clothing and work gloves and if you can, bring some trash bags. Sanctuary information and directions:  http://www.mdbirds.org/sanctuary/trails.html

Saturday, April 29, 2023 – Basic Bird Walk at Camp Mardella, 301 Deep Shore Road, Denton (just before you get to Martinak State Park).  Leaders:  Robin Lahnemann and Debby Bennett.  Park and meet by the pavilion at 8 am.  The pavilion  is on the left hand side as you are going down the lane before you get to the main campus area.  

Sunday, April 30, 2023. Field Trip.  Bird Banding observation at Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory.    8:00 AM.  Great for kids.  Adults welcome too. To register and for directions, contact Debby Bennett at dabennett1996@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 13, 2023 – Caroline May Bird Count (also May Global Day).  Go to our website or Facebook page  for more information. Debby Bennett will also send out information.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 –  Program:   9 am – 11 am. TBA
Location: Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center, 3 Crouse Park Lane, Denton, MD

7/15/22

Caroline County Bird Club Fall 2022 Schedule as of 7-15-2022

NOTE revisions 

Please note that our Fall 2022 meetings have been moved from the third Thursday evening of the month. Meetings will be combined with a bird walk or program at different locations, mostly on the 2nd Saturday morning of the month. We are hoping this works better with people’s schedules and believe it will be more fun!

All our events are free and open to the public, except the Adkins Arboretum event we are joining. 

If you would like to become a member or need to renew, the Maryland Ornithological Society’s dues plus our $5 local dues are:  Individual $25.00; Household $30.00.  With  your membership, you will also receive the MOS newsletter, THE YELLOWTHROAT.  For those age 18 or younger, the cost is only $10.00. 

If at all possible, please register or renew your  membership online at the MOS website https://mdbirds.org/join/. At the website, you will be able to choose the Caroline County Chapter as your local chapter.

A paper form is also available to fill out and mail in your dues to the MOS Treasurer.


Saturday, August 27, 2022 Basic Bird Walk at Camp Mardella, 301 Deep Shore Road, Denton (just before you get to Martinak State Park).  Leaders:  Robin & Christian Lahnemann and Debby Bennett.  Park and meet by the pavilion at 8 am.  The pavilion  is on the left hand side as you are going down the lane before you get to the main campus area.  

Saturday, Sept 10, 2022. Meeting & Bird Walk.  We will be joining the annual Adkins Arboretum Fall Bird Migration Walk lead by Wayne Bell 8 am – 10 am.  Members of Adkins Arboretum and Caroline County residents free. Others just $5.  Please register. https://adkins.donorshops.com/product/BIRD-MIGRATION-9-10-2022/bird-migration-walk-with-wayne-bell-september-10  .  A brief Club meeting will be held following the walk.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The Talbot County Bird Club has invited the Caroline County Bird Club to their meeting. Their speaker will be George Radcliff, who has written an engaging book about his grandfather.  7 pm at the Easton YMCA.
 
Saturday, Sept 17, 2022. Fall Bird Count.   Contact Debby Bennett at dabennett1996@gmail.com.

Sunday, Sept 25, 2022. Field Trip.  Bird Banding observation at Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory.    8:00 AM.  Great for kids.  Adults welcome too. To register and for directions, contact Debby Bennett at dabennett1996@gmail.com.

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022.  Caroline’s Big Sit and meeting.  Location:  Adkins Arboretum’s Wetlands Overlook near the Visitors Center. Will run from 7:30 am to early evening for some owling. Dress comfortably, bring your binoculars, a chair to sit on, food and drink. We will consider this our monthly meeting for October and hold a brief business meeting at 10 am.

Saturday, October 22, 2022. Hawk Watch at Cape Henlopen. Rich Downs, Leader. Meet at the south end of the Lewes - Cape May Ferry parking lot at 9 am to carpool in to the park.

Saturday, Oct 29, 2022. Bird Walk rescheduled from Oct 1. Lynch Preserve, Two Johns. Leaders: Debby Bennett & friends . 8 am Park/meet at the end of Robins Creek Road. For more information about the preserve, go to: https://www.delmarvatrailsandwaterways.com/hiking-nature-trails/lynch-preserve

Saturday, Nov 5, 2022. Bird Walk. North County Regional Park. Meet at parking area near woods at 8 am. Leaders: Debby Bennett & friends.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2022. Meeting & tour of Tuckahoe State Park’s Scales & Tales Aviary.  Meet at the aviary at 9 am.  Park Headquarters and Aviary: 12282 Eveland Road, Ridgely MD.   A brief business meeting will follow.

Saturday, Dec 17, 2022 Christmas Bird Count. Coordinator:  Contact Steve Westre at swestre26@comcast.net

6/13/22

Working on a Fall 2022 schedule.... stay tuned!

 The Caroline County Bird Club needs to find an alternate meeting location for Sept 2022 - May 2023 due to renovations at the Caroline County Public Library, Denton.  

We are taking the opportunity to try Saturday mornings and a variety of locations.

As soon as the fall schedule is set, it will be posted here.

If you are interested in assisting with the Breeding Bird Atlas project, please contact Rich Downs at richdowns@gmail.com.

Have a great summer of birding!

12/22/21

Caroline County Bird Club's Winter-Spring 2022 Schedule

 

Thursday, January 20, 2022 – Program.  Dan Small, Natural Lands Project Coordinator, Washington College Center for Environment & Society will present “The Natural Lands Project and Northern Bobwhite - Build it and they will come”  7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.  CANCELLED due to inclement weather.  


Thursday, February 17, 2022 –Program.  Steve Westre, Coordinator of the Caroline County Christmas Bird Count for decades will present highlights of our Christmas Bird Counts from 1950 - 2021    7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton and via Zoom.  For a Zoom link, contact Debby Bennett at dabennett1996@gmail.com


Sunday, February 20, 2022 – Basic Bird Walk at Tuckahoe State Park.  Debby Bennett, leader.  Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at 8 am.  Good for beginners learning to identify birds.  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars and your smart phone if you have one.  Our list will be included in The Great Backyard Bird Count, which will run from February 18-21, 2022. https://www.birdcount.org/participate/


Thursday, March 17, 2022 – Program.  Matt Pluta, Choptank Riverkeeper and Director of Riverkeeper Programs for ShoreRivers presentation on the health of the Choptank River and other projects and news.  7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton. 


Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Project Clean Stream clean-up day at Pelot Sanctuary.  Meet at the Sanctuary  9 am.  Wear proper clothing and work gloves and if you can, bring some trash bags. Sanctuary information and directions:  http://www.mdbirds.org/sanctuary/trails.html


Thursday, April 21, 2022 –  Program.  Chris Eberly, Executive Director of Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership.  7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.  


Saturday, April 30, 2022 – Basic Bird Walk at Camp Mardella, 301 Deep Shore Road, Denton (just before you get to Martinak State Park).  Leaders:  Robin Lahnemann and Debby Bennett.  Park and meet by the pavilion at 8 am.  The pavilion  is on the left hand side as you are going down the lane before you get to the main campus area.  

Sunday, May 1, 2022 – Bird walk at Conquest Waterfront Preserve.  Leader:  Dan Small. Meet 8 am at the equestrian parking lot (first parking area on the right when you enter the park).         Directions - From points south on the Eastern Shore: Use US Route 50 to reach the Wye Mills area. Near Wye Mills, turn right to go north on MD Route 213/Centreville Road. Route 213 will bring you into Centreville in about 1.8 miles. Follow the signs to stay on Route 213 northbound through Centreville. Continue on Route 213 for another 1.9 miles, then make a left turn at the traffic light to go west and north on Spaniard Neck Road. (Spaniard Neck Road will be about 3.7 miles after leaving Route 213). In 3.0 miles, bear right to continue on Spaniard Neck Road in a northerly direction for another half-mile, then make a left (look for a green Conquest Preserve sign) to continue westerly on Spaniard Neck Road for an additional half-mile. You’ll come to a sharp left curve where Spaniard Neck Road merges onto Conquest Road, with a private farm lane straight ahead. Go around the curve and past a couple of farms to the parking area for the Preserve trailhead on the right (north) side of the road in about 0.7 miles.


Saturday, May 14, 2022 – Caroline May Bird Count (also May Global Day).  Go to our website or Facebook page  for more information. Debby Bennett will also send out information.


Thursday, May 19, 2022 –  Program:   Andi Pupke, Education/Outreach Director of Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage. Program on CWH’s nesting box program where they install houses and monitor purple martins and blue bird trails for landowners, plus recommendations of some native plants for pollinators and pollinator gardens.  7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton. 







7/26/21

Caroline County Bird Club's Fall 2021 Schedule

 

Saturday, Sept 11, 2021. Bird Walk. Nature Conservancy Track bird walk with Rich Downs. Meet by the gate at 8 am.  Location is on East Cherry Lane. Coming from Ridgely north on Rt 312, turn right on E. Cherry Ln. The gate to the property is about 100 yards on the left.  Park on Cherry Lane.

Thursday, Sept 16, 2021.  Program. Welcome back and celebration of our Club’s 70th Anniversary; including cake, presentation of Best of Danny Poet photos, and election of officers.     7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Saturday, Sept 18, 2021. Fall Bird Count.   Contact Debby Bennett at dabennett1996@gmail.com.

Sunday, Sept 26, 2021. Field Trip.  Bird Banding observation in Chestertown.  Jim Gruber and Maren Gimpel, Banders.  8:00 AM.  Great for kids.  Adults welcome too. To register and for directions, contact Danny Poet at (410)827-8651 or birder231@hotmail.com.

Saturday, Oct 2, 2021. Basic Bird Walk at Camp Mardella, 301 Deep Shore Road, Denton (just before you get to Martinak State Park).  Leaders:  Robin Lahnemann and Debby Bennett.  Park and meet by the pavilion at 8 am.  The pavilion  is on the left hand side as you are going down the lane before you get to the main campus area.  

Wednesday, October 6, 2021.  Program.  Sue Simmons, Executive Director of Caroline County Recreation & Parks will give a presentation on the new North County Regional Park.         7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021.  Caroline’s Big Sit.  Location:  Adkins Arboretum’s Wetlands Overlook near the Visitors Center. Will run from 7:30 am to early evening for some owling. Dress comfortably, bring your binoculars, a chair to sit on, food and drink.

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021 . Program. Maren Gimpel, Field Ecologist & Outreach Coordinator, Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory, Center for Environment & Society, Washington College and Meghan McHenry, Glass Testing Technician will present  “Birds and Glass- researching the ramifications of window strikes in rehabilitated birds.”            7:30 PM, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St., Denton.

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. Bird Walk. North County Regional Park. Meet at parking area near woods at 8 am. Leaders: Debby Bennett and friends.

Saturday, Nov 13, 2021.  Birding Trip.  Hawk Watch at Cape Henlopen, DE. New time: 10 am at Cape Henlopen.  There will be signs to guide us where to go.  $10 entrance fee/car for out-of-state. For those who would like to carpool into the park to save on the entrance fee, meet at the Lewes/Cape May Ferry parking lot for pedestrians. Look for Rich Downs in a gray Prius.   For more information on the Hawk Watch, go to https://www.dosbirds.org/citizen-science/hawk-watches/

Saturday, Dec 18, 2021 Christmas Bird Count. Coordinator:  Contact Steve Westre at swestre26@comcast.net


5/24/21

Caroline County Bird Club offering two more basic bird walks May 29 and June 12, 2021

 

Both bird walks will be good for beginners learning to identify birds and breeding bird behavior.  

Dress appropriately and bring binoculars if you have them. Please bring face masks if you are not vaccinated for COVID-19. 


Saturday, May 29 – Basic Bird Walk at Adkins Arboretum.  Leaders: Debby Bennett & Friends
Meet in the parking lot by the visitor’s center at 8 am.  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars if you have them. 



Saturday, June 12 - Basic Bird Walk at Camp Mardella, 301 Deep Shore Road, Denton (just before you get to Martinak State Park).  
Leaders:  Robin Lahnemann and Debby Bennett.  Park and meet by the pavilion at 8 am.  
The pavilion  is on the left hand side as you are going down the lane before you get to the main campus area.  

All our events are free and open to the public!

4/6/21

Upcoming Caroline County Bird Club events for Spring 2021

 

Saturday, April 10 – Basic Bird Walk at Tuckahoe State Park. Rich Downs leader.  Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at 8 am.  Good for beginners learning to identify birds and breeding bird behavior.  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars.  Please bring face masks.  We will be socially distancing.

 

Saturday, April 17 – Bird Walk at North County Regional Park.  Wayne Bell & Debby Bennett, leaders.

Meet at the end of the lane near the woods at 8 am.  A little more rugged trail.  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars.  Please bring face masks.  We will be socially distancing. Address:  14267 Greensboro Rd.

Greensboro, MD 21639. Heading north on 313, it will be on the right.

 

Thursday,  April 22  at 7 pm via Zoom – Program: Become a  Better Birder Part 2: Learn how to help with the MD & DC Breeding Bird Atlas work. Presenter:  Gabriel Foley, MD Statewide Atlas Coordinator. Contact Debby Bennett at dabennett1996@gmail.com for Zoom link.

 

Saturday, April 24 – Pelot Sanctuary, Drapers Mill Road Cleanup

Meet near sign at 9 am.  Dress appropriately.  Please bring gloves and garbage bags if you can. Please bring face masks.  We will be socially distancing. Location and directions:  https://mdbirds.org/conservation/refuges-sanctuaries/pelot/

Correction to directions:  After turning left on Wothers Rd, turn right on Boyce Mill Rd, then left on Drapers Mill Rd.

 

Saturday, May 1 – Basic Bird Walk at Martinak State Park. Wayne Bell & Debby Bennett, leaders

Meet in the parking lot by the log cabin at 8 am.  Good for beginners learning to identify birds and breeding bird behavior.  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars if you have them. Please bring face masks.  We will be socially distancing.

 

Saturday, May 8 – Caroline May Bird Count.  Contact Debby Bennett at 410-829-4952 or dabennett1996@gmail.com for more information.

 

Saturday, May 29 – Basic Bird Walk at Adkins Arboretum.  Leaders: Debby Bennett & TBA

Meet in the parking lot by the visitor’s center at 8 am.  Good for beginners learning to identify birds and breeding bird behavior.  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars if you have them. Please bring face masks.  We will be socially distancing.


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