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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, 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 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 - 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 clivegharris@yahoo.com.

Trip - Sunday, December 10 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 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.

Trip - Monday, January 01 Earliest Bird Walk - Georgetown Reservoir and D.C./VA Hotspots Half day. Start the New Year right. Meet at 8 a.m. at Georgetown Reservoir, DC, by the gate leading to the dike between the pools. Itinerary will be different this year due to new parking restrictions along the route. Reservations required. Strict limit: 20 participants who absolutely must be prepared to carpool. (No singletons!) LEADER: Mike Bowen, 301-530-5764 or dhmbowen@yahoo.com.

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.

Trip - Sunday, January 21 Black Hill Regional Park All birders, but especially new birders, are welcome on this half-day trip, which will focus on the identification of ducks at this premiere county spot for winter waterfowl. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Visitors Center to Black Hill Regional Park, and bring a spotting scope if you have one. For reservations (which are required) and more information, contact the LEADER: Gerry Hawkins at maineusa@comcast.net or 571-277-8406 (cell).

Trip - Sunday, January 28 Winter Waterfowl Search Half day. Waterfowl search of Montgomery County waterways for ducks, grebes, and mergansers. Based on the unpredictability of winter weather conditions, the leader will decide on the meeting place a few weeks before the trip and use recent bird reports to decide best locations to visit. Bring a scope if you have one. Reservations required. For reservations and more info, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin, martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Trip - Sunday, February 04 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 now-closed 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. We have special permission to enter this “closed to the public” landfill so 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.

Trip - Wednesday, February 07 Blue Mash A mid-week morning walk geared to new birders. We’ll look for the expected winter birds: cardinals, towhees and sparrows as well as raptors (Northern Harrier a possibility) and ducks. Expect to walk (waterproof boots suggested!) about a mile on level trails. The trip will be cancelled or postponed in case of sleet, ice or rain. Start at 9 am. Reservations not necessary. For directions or more information, call or e-mail the LEADER: Stephanie Lovell, ctlovell1@yahoo.com or 240-242-3235.

Trip - Wednesday, March 07 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 bridge.” 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 Wood 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 welcome. For more info, call the LEADER: Jim Green, 301-742-0036.

Trip - Saturday, March 10 Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area , Prince Georges County Half day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Waterfowl, Wilson’s Snipe, winter and early spring songbirds, Ospreys displaying. Meet 8 am at parking by park hdqtrs. Wear muddy conditions footgear. Reservation required (15-person limit). LEADER: John Bjerke, johnbjerke1@mac.com.

Trip - Tuesday, March 13 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 bridge.” 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 Wood 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 welcome. For more info, call the LEADER: Jim Green, 301-742-0036.

Trip - Thursday, March 15 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 bridge.” 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 Wood 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 welcome. For more info, call the LEADER: Jim Green, 301-742-0036.

Trip - Sunday, April 08 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. LEADER: Jim Nelson, kingfishers2@verizon.net or 240-515-4517 (cell).

Trip - Sunday, April 15 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 - Saturday, April 21 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 markengland@canamcontractors.com.

Trip - Sunday, April 22 Hugh Mahanes Presidents' Walk at Hughes: Hughes Hollow Half day. Participation of all former Chapter Presidents is encouraged, and everyone is welcome. This is a wonderful chance for newer birders to be in the field with “old hands” who enjoy sharing what they know. With a variety of habitats, Hughes Hollow is always interesting in spring. We will look for water birds on the move and early songbird migrants. Possible birds include Purple Finches, Blue-winged Teal, swallows, and maybe even an American Bittern. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Hughes Hollow parking lot. Reservations required. For more information, directions, and reservations contact the LEADER: Clive Harris, clivegharris@yahoo.com.

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