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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, April 24 April Meeting MONGOLIA: BIRDING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GHENHIS KHAN. Gail Mackiernan will share her June 2018 birding trip to Mongolia, one of the most interesting countries to the naturalist. Immense grasslands, vast Gobi Desert, wild mountains and surprisingly varied wetlands (plus the lowest population density of any nation) host some of the planet’s most wanted birds. The group, ably supported by Mongolian outfitters recorded about 175 species of birds, with many rarities like Pallas’s Sand-grouse and Henderson’s Ground-jay. They also scored with mammals, including Przewalski’s Horse (the only true wild horse).

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 22 May Meeting Gwen Brewer and George Jett present: the Southern Pantanal of Brazil: Birds, Mammals, and More.

Meeting - Saturday, June 08 Annual MBC Picnic 5-8 PM at Black Hill Regional Park. Meet at 5 at picnic shelter H, bring a dish to share. BBQ items provided. At the end of the day we’ll go for a bird walk.

Trip - Saturday, June 29 Oaks Landfill, Laytonsville One-third day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Explore this meadow area in the now-closed landfill. Mostly open terrain with some ponds. Possibility of Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak and raptors. We have special permission to enter this “closed to the public” area, so reservations are essential; (20 person limit) Register online www.anshome.org/adults Meet 6:45 am on landfill entrance road at 6001 Rte 108, Laytonsville, Md. For more information, contact the LEADER Mark England at 240 375- 4500 or markengland@canamcontractors.com

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