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.


3/15/21

Join the Caroline County Bird Club March 18, 2021 at 7 pm for our first virtual program

 

The Caroline County Bird Club is partnering with the Caroline County Public Library to offer our first ever virtual event on March 18 at 7 pm!

Please join us!





Debby Bennett will be our facilitator and Rich Downs will be our presenter.  In addition to talking about birds and birding in Caroline County, Rich will demystify e-bird and talk a little about the Maryland and DC Breeding Bird Atlas.  You don't have to be an expert birder to  help with the Breeding Bird Atlas in Caroline County!  And this is a fun way to learn more birding skills!

Please sign up for it through the library.  We are gearing it to beginners/novices to recruit new, interested birders in joining our club and/or helping us with the Maryland Breeding Atlas work for Caroline County. We hope we get some experienced birders to also attend, so that we can have a good sharing of information.  More information and how to sign up is here:  https://www.carolib.org/become-a-better-birder/


8/17/20

Caroline County Bird Club's Fall 2020 schedule

 In keeping with our current situation of the COVID-19 Pandemic, our fall events will be all outdoors.

We may add events, so keep checking here and our Facebook page for updates.


Saturday, September 12, 2020:  Social distancing members general catch up and bird walk at Martinak State Park.  Leader: Danny Poet.  Meeting time and location: 8 am at the parking lot by log cabin.  

Dress appropriately for the bird walk if planning to join it.  Face mask required.  Binoculars recommended.


Saturday, September 19, 2020:  Social distancing Fall Bird Count.   Contact Debby Bennett at dabennett1996@gmail.com.


NEW DATE:  Sunday October 18, 2020:  Caroline’s Social Distancing Big Sit.    Location: Adkins Arboretum’s Wetlands Overlook near the Visitors Center. Will run from 8 am to early evening for some owling. Dress comfortably, bring your binoculars, a chair to sit on, food and drink.  Please have a face mask with you just in case you need it.


Sunday, November 29, 2020:  Socially distancing bird walk.  Location:  Tuckahoe State Park.  Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at 8:30 am.  Bring binoculars and a facemask.  Leader:  Rich Downs.

5/8/20

Caroline County Bird Club looking for volunteers this summer to help with the Maryland DC Breeding Bird Atlas




The Caroline County Bird Club is looking for volunteers to help with the 3rd Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas over the summer. The first two atlases were held 1983-1987 and 2002-2006.  The Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3 is a comprehensive survey of the birds breeding in the Maryland and DC regions and will run 2020-2024.

Volunteer atlasers collect data on breeding evidence and post their findings on Cornell’s  eBird.  You don’t have to be an expert birder to contribute.  For instructions and resources, please go to  https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/home.  You can count anywhere in Maryland and D.C., but we encourage you to help us cover all of Caroline County for this atlas count. Caroline County’s Coordinators are available as well by email – caroline@mdbirds.org


4/18/20

2020 May Bird Count changed to a Global Big Day Count May 9 and May 10



The traditional May Count, organized by the Maryland Ornithological Society for the past 50 years, is yet another casualty of COVID-19. The May Count is something that many birders in our area look forward to, as a chance to get out and go birding with friends during one of the best times of the year. And it is a chance to contribute to science, by adding your sightings to the 50 years of observations of the passage of the wave of migrants through our area.

Although we can’t hold a traditional May Count this year, MOS invites you to a special weekend of birding, the C-Free May Count. During the weekend of May 9-10, get outside by sitting in your backyard, or by taking to your feet or bicycle, and go birding in the Carbon-free, COVID-free May Count. Go out and see the passage of the spring wave of warblers! And share what you have seen with MOS and the birding community, on the MOS Facebook page or the MDBirding Google group. You can also submit your observations to MOS via eBird, email, or even telephone. Complete instructions can be found at C-Free May Count.pdf. There is but one rule for the C-Free May Count: Go Birding!

If you do join the C-Free May Count, remember that May 9th is also Cornell Lab’s Global Big Day, so any eBird checklist submitted for that day will be included in the Big Day totals. And it is a prime time to contribute to the third Maryland-DC Breeding Bird Atlas, too, which has started collecting breeding bird observations just this year!

Here is a link to where you will find the 2020 checklist in both pdf and spreadsheet format - https://mdbirds.org/go-birdwatching/count-birds/may-count-spring-migration/ so you can download it  to use if you would like.

Celebrate the arrival of spring and the annual migration of the colorful warblers by going birding on the C-Free May Count!

4/17/20

Caroline County Bird Club cancelled May 2 and May 21 events



Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic we have cancelled our Saturday, May 2 Bird Trip to Killens Pond State Park and Thursday, May 21   Evening Bird Walk at Martinak State Park. 

At this point, we plan to hold our May Bird Count on May 9, following social distancing. If this changes, we will post on our Facebook page about it.

Meanwhile, get out and go birding (practicing social distancing, of course)!

3/23/20

Caroline County Bird Club's April 16, 2020 program cancelled


Our Thursday, April 16 –  Program featuring Maren Gimpel, Field Ecologist & Outreach Coordinator, Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory, Center for Environment & Society, Washington College is cancelled due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

We will reschedule.

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