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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.

Trip - Sunday, September 24 Pennyfield to Violette's Bird Stalk Half day. For folks who prefer a somewhat later start to their birding, we will meet at 9 a.m. at the Violette’s Lock parking lot, end of Violette’s Lock Road. We will then carpool to Pennyfield Lock and walk back up the C&O Canal towpath to Violette’s Lock. This walk should net an interesting mix of late warblers, other land bird migrants, and probably a few early winter visitors, as we scan the skies and river for raptors and waterbirds. Limit: 12. To sign up, contact LEADER: Jim Nelson, or 240-515-4517.

Trip - Saturday, October 07 Montgomery's Big Sit The object of a Big Sit is to tally as many bird species seen or heard within 24 hours from a single spot. Our club has picked a good place for a day of bird watching and over the years has tallied more than 50 species. Join our host Chuck Parker at the dike across the road from the Black Hill RP boat ramp. We’ll start at dawn and continue until we run out of steam. Come for the day or just an hour or two. New birders and new members encouraged! For more information or directions contact Chuck Parker

Trip - Sunday, October 08 Little Bennett RP for Beginners All are welcome on this half- day trip but we especially encourage those new to birding to join us. Meet at 7:30 a.m. We’ll slowly walk some of the woodland trails looking for migrant and resident birds. Reservations required. Limit: 8. For reservations and directions contact the LEADER: Gemma Radko 301 514-2894

Trip - Wednesday, October 11 Blue Mash for New Birders Join us for the morning as we learn and review some of the basics of bird ID. Blue Mash is a great place to find our more common species as well as some of the harder to ID sparrows. This trip is primarily for new birders /new members but all are welcome. Meet at the parking lot off Zion Rd at 9 a.m. For information and reservations contact the LEADER: Stephanie Lovell

Meeting - Wednesday, October 18 Agriculture Reserve There will be a short film on Montgomery Counties Ag Reserve followed by a question and answer discussion on this feature that makes our county unique in the State of Maryland.

Trip - Saturday, October 28 Blue Mash - Remembering Lou Our annual morning walk in honor of former MBC president and all round naturalist Lou DeMouy who passed away in the fall of 2012.This year the trip will be geared to beginning birders and new members but all are welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. Reservations required. For more information, directions and reservations contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at or 301 529- 2066.

Trip - Sunday, October 29 Blackwater NWR Full day (to dusk). Early waterfowl and lingering migrants plus late afternoon marsh watch. Brown-headed Nuthatch possible. Bring lunch and drinks. Reservations required. Limit: 12. Contact the leader for meeting place and time. LEADER: Mark England 240 207-3132(home) or 240 375-4500 (cell).

Trip - Saturday, November 04 Oaks Landfill Explore this now-closed landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail. Mostly open terrain on a gravel road, including two pond views and one hill climb of moderate difficulty. Possible sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl. Leader will have scope for distant birds. We have special permission to enter this “closed to the public” landfill so reservations are essential. Limit 16. Meet at 8 a.m. Contact the leader for reservations and more information. LEADER: Mark England 240 207-3132 (home) or 240 375-4500 (cell)

Meeting - Wednesday, November 08 Greg Kearns on Wild Rice Greg is returning to follow up with a talk on his 30 year program to establish wild rice in the Patuxent Bay. He has been successful in reestablishing the rice and making the Bay an important stop over for ducks and Sora.

Trip - Friday, November 10 Basics of Sparrow ID at Hughes Hollow Sparrows are often referred to as LBJs (little brown jobs) because of the initial difficulty in sorting them out. Hughes Hollow is a good place to spend the morning learning and reviewing basic field marks that are key to identification. In addition to common species, like White-throated and Song and Swamp, we'll keep an eye out for less-likely White-crowned and Field. This trip is primarily for beginners but all are welcome. Limit :8 For reservations, time, and directions, contact one of the CO-LEADERS: Lydia Schindler, or Linda Friedland

Trip - Sunday, November 19 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, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or 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 - Sunday, November 26 Lilypons/New Design Road Half day. Wintering field birds, targeting Fox and Tree Sparrows, possibly Virginia Rail and American Bittern. Call leader for reservation (required) and more info. LEADER: Clive Harris

Meeting - Wednesday, December 13 Suzanne Dater on her trip to Tanzania Suzanne is a prize winning photographer and her program will feature not just birds but some of the animals found in Tanzania. She took her first photography course In 2001 and has since been hooked on this art form, specializing in nature and travel photography to all seven continents. The slide show she will be presenting in December will cover a trip she took to the Serengeti of Tanzania in 2016—one of several trips she has taken to Africa photographing wildlife.

Meeting - Wednesday, January 17 Jim Brighton on Maryland's Biodiversity Project As many of you know, Jim and Bill Hubick have been working, with lots of help from others, to catalog all living things in Maryland. This will be an update as to his progress.

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