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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 - Saturday, October 06 Montgomery's Big Sit at Black Hill! THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. 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. Come for the day or just an hour or two. Directions: Take the road to the Black Hill Regional Park boat ramp. Park in the gravel lot on the right after you cross the small bridge and continue on the footpath to the cross dike. We’ll start at dawn (providing coffee and donuts to keep you going!) and continue until we run out of steam, usually mid-afternoon. New birders and new members encouraged! For more information contact Chuck Parker

Trip - Sunday, October 07 Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Explore the diverse habitats of scenic and historic Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, which include a complex of cultivated ponds with rare waterlilies and lotuses, marshes, wooded trails, the Anacostia River and fields. A variety of raptors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Reservations required. Limit: 25. 8:00 am (half day). Meet in the parking lot to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. LEADERS: Mike Bowen, 301-530-5764 or, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or

Trip - Sunday, October 07 Little Bennett Regional Park 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 10 Lois Green Park Join us for the morning as we learn and review some of the basics of bird ID. This is a great place to find our more common species as well as some of the harder sparrows. This trip is primarily for new birders and/or new members but all are welcome. Meet at the parking lot at 9a.m. For information directions and reservations contact the LEADER: Mike Bowen 301-530-5764.

Meeting - Wednesday, October 17 Jim Rapp on "I bird, I vote" and Jim Brighton on Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) Just in time for the elections, Jim Rapp (co-founder of Conservation Community Consulting) will give us a brief introduction to the I bird, I vote movement. Then Jim Brighton, co-founder with Bill Hubick, of the MBP (born 2012) will inform us on their progress on the fantastic goal of cataloging "all the living things of Maryland"(more than 17,000 species to this day!).

Trip - Saturday, October 27 Blue Mash: Remembering Lou Our annual morning walk in honor of former MBC president and all-around 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, 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)

Trip - Monday, November 12 Basic 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, 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

Meeting - Wednesday, November 14 Claire Nemes on "Cats and Birds: What We Know, What We Don't, and How To Help" Claire Nemes, a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, will present on the impacts of cats on neotropical migratory bird populations. She will also discuss what actions birders can take to help solve the problem and keep both cats and birds safe.

Trip - Sunday, November 25 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 information. LEADER: Clive Harris

Trip - Sunday, December 09 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).

Meeting - Wednesday, December 12 Wine & Cheese followed by a Bird Quiz led by Evelyn Ralston Relax, meet other members and make new birding friends over Wine and Cheese. Then test your skills at bird identification based on Evelyn's and others' bird photographs and other means of getting a bird ID.

Meeting - Wednesday, January 16 January Meeting Join us for our January Meeting. More information to follow!

Meeting - Wednesday, February 20 February Meeting Join us for our February Meeting. More information to follow!

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. More information to follow!

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

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

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