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This is a list of upcoming birding field trips and Club meetings. New Club members, new birders, and guests are cordially welcome on every field trip. If you have any questions about a specific field trip, please contact the trip leader or contact MBC Trip Coordinator Linda Friedland at 301.983.2136 (before 9 pm). For directions to the Potomac Presbyterian Church for Club meetings, click here.

Meeting - Wednesday, February 20 February Meeting Bruce M. Beehler, North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring. Come and get ready for Spring migration with author, blogger, naturalist, and ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler. In 2015 he followed songbird migra-tion from Texas to Northern Ontario with the goal of observing all 37 wood warblers on their prime birding habitat. He recounted his trip in a wonderful book, North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring, which he will sign after his presentation. Besides North on the Wing, Beehler has published a dozen books or monographs, many on birds and birding in New Guinea, and more than 85 scholarly papers. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Rainforest Trust and is a research associate of the American Bird Conservancy.

Trip - Sunday, February 24 Oaks Landfill - Laytonsville Bundle up for a LATE AFTERNOON search for wintering sparrows and raptors, including possible N. Harriers and Short-eared Owls, at this closed- to- the-public landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail. Mostly open terrain with some ponds, which we will check if not frozen over. Leader will have scope for distant birds. Please note that preference will be given to MBC members who haven’t had the chance yet to visit the landfill. Reservations are essential. Limit 20. Meet at 3:30 pm. on landfill entrance drive at 6001 Rt. 108, Laytonsville, Md. Contact the leader for reservations and more information. LEADER: Mark England 240-375-4500 (cell) or markengland@canamcontractors.com (Email).

Trip - Wednesday, March 06 CANCELLED - Informal Late Afternoon Bird Walks CANCELLED - Joint trips with ANS. Meet promptly at 4:30 pm at the end of Seneca Rd at Riley's Lock "on the bri dge.” We'll be checking out the Potomac River for waterfowl, gulls, terns, etc. Next stop will be Hughes Hollow - part of McKee Beshers WMA. Potential highlights here include early Tree Swallows, calling Pied-billed Grebes and Woo d Ducks and other waterfowl flying into roost. We'll then finish with American Woodcock display if they are in the vicinity. Bring scope, flashlight and wear "muddy conditions” footwear. Reservations are not required - all are wel-come. For more info call the LEADER: Jim Green 301-742-0036

Meeting - Friday, March 08 March Meeting - Annual Club Social at Woodend Join us for our March Meeting which is out Annual Club Social at Woodend at 6:30 p.m. The announcement of the Member of the Year, the projection of photographs or other forms of bird art (drawings, paintings) by Club members, and a delicious dinner are highlights of our annual get-together at Woodend. Please look for details and the signup form on the last page of the February Chat.

Trip - Saturday, March 09 Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area Prince Georges Co. Half day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Waterfowl, Wilson’s Snipe, winter and early spring songbirds. Ospreys displaying. Meet at 8 am at parking lot by park hdqtrs. Wear muddy conditions footgear. Registration required (15-person limit); register online at ANShome.org/adults. For more info, contact the LEADER Clive Harris at clivegharris@yahoo.com.

Trip - Tuesday, March 12 Informal Late Afternoon Bird Walks Joint trips with ANS. Meet promptly at 4:30 pm at the end of Seneca Rd at Riley's Lock "on the bri dge.” We'll be checking out the Potomac River for waterfowl, gulls, terns, etc. Next stop will be Hughes Hollow - part of McKee Beshers WMA. Potential highlights here include early Tree Swallows, calling Pied-billed Grebes and Woo d Ducks and other waterfowl flying into roost. We'll then finish with American Woodcock display if they are in the vicinity. Bring scope, flashlight and wear "muddy conditions” footwear. Reservations are not required - all are wel-come. For more info call the LEADER: Jim Green 301-742-0036

Trip - Thursday, March 14 Informal Late Afternoon Bird Walks Joint trips with ANS. Meet promptly at 4:30 pm at the end of Seneca Rd at Riley's Lock "on the bri dge.” We'll be checking out the Potomac River for waterfowl, gulls, terns, etc. Next stop will be Hughes Hollow - part of McKee Beshers WMA. Potential highlights here include early Tree Swallows, calling Pied-billed Grebes and Woo d Ducks and other waterfowl flying into roost. We'll then finish with American Woodcock display if they are in the vicinity. Bring scope, flashlight and wear "muddy conditions” footwear. Reservations are not required - all are wel-come. For more info call the LEADER: Jim Green 301-742-0036

Trip - Sunday, April 07 Hughes Hollow and Vicinity Half day. We will explore the wetlands of Hughes Hollow and Sycamore Landing. Species to be expected include Red-headed Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, and many other marsh dwellers. A chance for several warblers including Prothonotary. Meet at Hughes Hollow parking lot in the McKee-Beshers WMA at 7 a.m. Reservations are not required, but please contact the leader if you are planning to come so he can provide additional information before the trip. Contact the LEADER Jim Nelson kingfishers2@verizon.net or 240 515-4517 (cell).

Trip - Saturday, April 20 Blue Mash Nature Trail/Oaks Landfill Half day. Interesting walk at these adjacent and surprisingly birdy sites in Montgomery County. Waterproof boots helpful at Blue Mash, but not needed at the landfill. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Zion Road parking lot. Call leader for reservations and directions. Trip is limited to 8-10 participants. LEADER: Mark England 240-375-4500 (cell) or (e-mail).markengland@canamcontractors.com

Meeting - Wednesday, April 24 April Meeting Join us for our April Meeting. More information to follow!

Trip - Sunday, April 28 Occoquan Bay NWR Half day. Explore the diverse habitats in this one-square mile refuge at the confluence of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers in Woodbridge, Virginia. A variety of raptors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Meet at the parking lot in the center of the refuge at 7:30 a.m. Reservations required. Limit:25. LEADERS: Mike Bowen, 301-530-5764 or dhmbowen@yahoo.com, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or maineusa@comcast.net. Directions: From Maryland, take Rt. 495 south to I-95 south LEFT Exit 161 (Woodbridge), follow Rt. 1 south, cross the Occoquan River, turn left at the light onto Dawson Beach Rd. and follow this road to the end.

Trip - Friday, May 03 Birding by Ear at Hughes Hollow Tune up your ears as we listen for and learn to identify the songs and calls of migrant and local breeding birds. The trip will be geared to new birders but all are welcome. Meet at 7 am at the parking lot at Hughes Hollow. Limit 10. Reservations required. For more information email the leader Paul Woodward at grackling@ATT.NET

Trip - Sunday, May 05 Izaak Walton League, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter, Conservation Half day. Once again, the B-CC Chapter is generously providing us access to this large private property south of Poolesville. Woods, hedgerows, streams, fields, and ponds provide a wide range of bird habitats, and migration should be well underway. Trip will start at 7 a.m. at the League’s Chapterhouse. Reservations required, limit 12. Driving directions will be provided to those who make reservations. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER Jim Nelson at kingfishers2@verizon.net or 240-515-4517.

Trip - Saturday, May 11 Little Bennett Regional Park Half Day. We will be looking for warblers and other migrants on the Wilson Mill and Kingsley Trails. Possible Kentucky Warbler. Limit 10. Reservations required. Leaders: Woody and Rae Dubois. Contact them for time and directions at dengue1@verizon.net

Trip - Sunday, May 12 Rock Creek Park, DC Near peak time for migrant warblers, vireos, etc. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Nature Center parking lot. Reservations required. Contact the leader for more information or specific directions. LEADER: Gerry Hawkins maineusa@comcast.net or 571 277-8406 (cell).

Meeting - Wednesday, May 15 May Meeting Join us for our May Meeting. More information to follow!

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