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Maryland Ornithological Society

Chapter Officers

President: Don Hambright (301) 676-0635
Vice President: Bonnie Borsa (301) 695-8214
Treasurer: Grace Borell (301) 514-3772
Secretary: Marilyn Veek (301) 846-0381
State Director to MOS: Tom Humphrey (240) 793-2508

2017 - 2018 Program Year

Frederick Bird Club meetings are normally held the first Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM.   This year we will meet at Homewood at Crumland Farms (7407 Willow Road) in Frederick, except in May. Please contact leaders by 5 PM the day before trips to confirm when and where to meet.

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Click below to view the latest copy of our state MOS publication,

The Maryland Yellowthroat

Volume 37, Number 5 November/December 2017

NEW: Frederick County Birding Maps

Bird Rehab Resource: DNR - Wildlife Problems

** ** ACTIVITIES ** **


September 7 -- MEETING.   Chris Eberly will discuss the work of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership in identifying and prioritizing bird conservation needs and opportunities within Maryland.

September 9 -- MOS BOARD MEETING.   Hosted by Caroline County. 7:30 AM - 2 PM. Refreshments will be provided. Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market St, Denton.

September 16 -- ASCM NATURE WALK.   Audrey Carroll (monarch tagging).

September 16 -- HASHAWHA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER.   Leader: Kathy Calvert (301-810-5677).

September 16 -- GAMBRILL STATE PARK and FREDERICK WATERSHED.   Search for migrating fall warblers. Easy walking on mostly paved paths. Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).

September 23 -- Oaks Landfill.   This restricted access area is a large inactive landfill adjacent to Blue Mash, with open fields and some surprisingly productive ponds. Mark England will lead a search for rarities and early migrants. Mostly driving with frequent stops. Contact: Deb Calhoun (410-215-3268).

October 5 -- MEETING.   Dr. Wayne Leadbedder will talk about beautiful and amazing "Butterflies."

October 7 -- SEYMOUR B. COOPER MOS SANCTUARY.   Explore this seldom-visited Sanctuary near Sabillasville. A gentle morning hike through woods. Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).

October 13-15 -- CAPE MAY WEEKEND.   Search this wonderful area for migrating birds, especially raptors. We plan to travel to Cape May on the 13th, bird all day Saturday and Sunday morning and return Sunday afternoon. Reserve your room at the West Cape Motel (609-884-4280). Leader: Kathy Brown (301-865-1369).

October 21 -- ASCM NATURE WALK.   Fred Archibald.

October 28 -- LILYPONS / GREENFIELD ROAD.   Local morning search for migrants and early waterfowl. A great trip for beginners as well as experienced birders. Trails can be uneven and overgrown. Leader: David Smith (410-549-7082).

November 2 -- MEETING   Phil Davis is a passionate birder and world traveler who will introduce us to the many rare and endemic bird species of the rarely visited Azores and Madeira islands.

November 11 or 12 -- LOCAL HAWK WATCH.   Tom Humphrey (240-793-2508) will lead a search for migrating hawks. Date dependent on weather conditions.

November 18 -- ASCM NATURE WALK.   Audrey Carroll.

December 7 -- HOLIDAY DINNER AND MEETING.   Mark Abdy will take us on safari to southern Africa and introduce us to the big game animals in addition to the wonderful birds. Dinner will be at the Homewood at 6:00 P.M. We will also hold our fantastic silent auction. Please make reservations with and send money to Treasurer Grace Borell before 11/20/2017. Make checks payable to FBC.

December 9 -- MOS BOARD MEETING.   Montgomery County, Seneca State Park.

December 9 -- BLACKWATER NWR.   Search for wintering waterfowl at Maryland’s premier wildlife refuge. Mostly driving with frequent stops. Scopes helpful. Leader: Kathy Calvert (301-810-5677).

December 16 -- CATOCTIN CHRISTMAS COUNT #65.   Birders of all ages and levels of experience needed!  If you can’t be in the field, but live within 7.5 miles of Thurmont, help by counting and reporting your feeder birds. Compiler: Kathy Brown (301-865-1369).

December 31 -- SUGARLOAF CHRISTMAS COUNT.   All are welcome! If you can’t be in the field, but live within 7.5 miles of Sugarloaf peak, help by counting and reporting your feeder birds. FBC Coordinator: Helen Horrocks (301-831-6315).


January 4 -- MEETING.   Members Night or Quiz Night.

January 6 -- AUDREY CARROLL MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30 AM, and be prepared to visit all parts of the sanctuary's 129 acres. You may want your waterproof boots. Compiler: David Smith (410-549-7082).

January 14 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30 AM, and be ready to cover 140 acres. Don't forget waterproof boots. Compiler: David Smith (410-549-7082).

January 20 -- CARROLL COUNTY MID-WINTER COUNT.   Contact Don Jewell at Jewelldg@gmail.com.

January 20 -- ASCM NATURE WALK.   Audrey Carroll.

January 28 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MID-WINTER COUNT.   This is the last, but not the least, of our winter counts! The reward afterwards is the enjoyable tally-rally at David and Carol's house. Compiler: David Smith (410-549-7082).

February 1 -- MEETING.   Bonnie Ott, an expert on "Sparrows," will help us ID and appreciate those Little Brown Jobs.

February 2-4 -- MOS CONFERENCE.   Ocean City – a great time and place for winter waterfowl.

February 16-19 -- GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT.   Count one day or all four!

February 17 -- ASCM NATURE WALK.   Fred Archibald.

February 17-19 -- EASTERN SHORE WEEKEND.  A casual and fun trip to visit some of the best birding spots on the east coast. Leader: Tom Humphrey (240-793-2508).

March 1 -- MEETING.   Renowned Smithsonian ornithologist Carla Dove will explain the role of feather forensics in aviation safety in "When Birds Collide."

March 3 -- MOS BOARD MEETING.   Hosted by TBD.

March 10 -- BLACK HILLS RESERVOIR.   Bald Eagles and over-wintering waterfowl. Leader: David Smith (410-549-7082).

March 18 -- ASCM NATURE WALK.   Audrey Carroll.

April 5 -- MEETING.   Marcia Watson will talk about MOS Sanctuaries.

April 7 -- NORTH POINT STATE PARK and BLACK MARSH.   Explore two beautiful adjacent sites on the Chesapeake Bay. Black Marsh is a wild and natural Nature Conservancy property. Leader: Kathy Calvert (301-810-5677)..

April 14 -- HUGHES HOLLOW BIRDS, WILDFLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES.   A great trip for beginners as well as experienced birders. Leader: Pat Caro (240-651-5651) or Kathy Brown (301-865-1369).

April 21 -- BAKER PARK.   Easy walking on paved paths. Leaders: David Wallace and Bonnie Borsa.

April 21 -- ASCM NATURE WALK.   Fred Archibald.

April 28 -- NATIVE PLANT SALE  of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, held at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary. Please support this sale at one of our favorite and most productive birding hot spots. More information can be found at http://www.centralmdaudubon.org.

April 29 -- THOMPSON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (near Front Royal, VA).   Warblers and wildflowers! Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).

May 4 -- MEETING (Location TBD).  Mike Hudson will speak on the incredible migration of "Red Knots."

May 5 -- LITTLE BENNETT PARK.   Look for migrants and our returning warm weather feathered friends. Lunch/brunch will follow at Deb’s house on Prices Distillery Rd. Leader: Deb Calhoun (410-215-3268).

May 6 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00 AM. Coordinator: David Smith (410-549-7082).

May 12 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MAY COUNT #54.   It's peak migration, so this is the most fun you can have working on a census. Lots of eyes and ears are needed! Compiler: David Smith (410-549-7082).

May 13 -- AUDREY CARROLL MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00 AM. Coordinator: David Smith (410-549-7082).

May 13 -- ASCM Bird Banding Demo.   At Audrey Carroll.

June 1-2 -- WESTERN MD OVERNIGHT TRIP.   Search for rare Golden-winged Warblers, Henslow's Sparrow and other specialties among the beautiful Western Maryland mountains. Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).


June 7 -- ANNUAL PICNIC.   Our favorite spot for this event is Pinecliff Park where there is a lovely pavilion just in case we have a bit of rain. Bring binoculars, a dish to share, plate, utensils and drink. We'll meet at 6:00 PM to eat and then do a bit of birding.

June 14 -- CHAPTER PLANNING MEETING.   Location to be announced. Please come with your ideas for programs or field trips. Email suggestions to Don Hambright.

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