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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, January 26 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. For reservations (required) and more info, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Trip - Sunday, February 02 Blue Mash Nature Trail Morning walk at this surprisingly birdy spot. We’ll be looking for winter sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, and possible waterfowl on the ponds. Waterproof boots suggested as the trails can be muddy. Meet at the Zion Rd parking lot at 8 a.m. Reservations required (limit: 12). For reservations or more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England at 240-375-4500 (cell) or markengland@canamcontractors.com.

Meeting - Wednesday, February 19 David Curson: “Saving the Chesapeake’s Shrinking Marshes.” Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge lies at the heart of one of the largest tidal marsh complexes in the northeastern United State and is recognized as an Important Bird Area (Southern Dorchester County IBA) supporting globally important populations of Black Rail and Saltmarsh Sparrow. Rapid sea-level rise threatens the survival of this ecosystem. Hear from David Curson, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Maryland-DC, how Audubon, working with federal, state, and NGO partners, is implementing innovative strategies to ensure the survival of Maryland’s saltwater marshes and their birds.

Trip - Wednesday, March 04 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 - Tuesday, March 10 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 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

Meeting - Friday, March 13 Montgomery Bird Club Annual Social Save the date! The celebration of the Member of the Year, members’ presentation of their most beloved recent photographs, our famous bar and bartender, and a delicious dinner in the beautiful setting of Woodend are highlights of our annual get-together.

Trip - Saturday, March 14 Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area , Prince Georges County Half day. Joint trip with Audubon Naturalist Society. Waterfowl, as well as winter and early spring songbirds. Ospreys may be displaying. Meet at 8 am at parking lot by park headquarters (16000 Croom Airport Rd.). Wear muddy conditions footgear. Registration required (18-person limit). Register online at ANShome.org/adults. For more information, contact the LEADER: Mark England, at mengland@canamcontractors.com

Trip - Sunday, April 05 Hughes Hollow Half day. We will explore the wetlands of Hughes Hollow. 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 at kingfishers2@verizon.net or 240-515-4517 (cell).

Trip - Sunday, April 19 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 12 participants. LEADER: Mark England at 240-375-4500 (cell) or markengland@canamcontractors.com.

Meeting - Saturday, April 25 Gail Mackiernan: “Panama.” Last April, Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper spent five days at the famous Canopy Tower near the Panama Canal and six days at the Canopy Camp in the far-eastern province of Darién. They tallied about 300 species of birds, as well as a number of interesting mammals, including cute Sloths and noisy Howler Monkeys. Bird highlights included smashing views of a Harpy Eagle at its nest, feeding a large chick; a totally unexpected encounter with a huge Crested Eagle; close views of a confiding Black-crowned Antpitta; the enigmatic Sapayoa, Ocellated, and Bare-crowned Antbirds; and thousands of Mississippi Kites winging their way north over the forest.

Trip - Saturday, April 25 Wheaton Regional Park Trash Cleanup Wheaton Regional Park is popular with birders, with local fishermen and with families out for a walk or a picnic. Two years ago we started a once a year trash pick up and were surprised by the amount of stuff we collected. Last year it looked like the situation was better but more trash has been noticed, especially in the woods. Let's repeat and make the place better, for the birds, for us, and for all visitors. Meet at the Shorefield parking lot, near the carrousel, at 7:30 AM for a pre-cleanup birdwalk (leader to be announced) or at 9 AM for the cleanup. Bags, gloves, and grabbers will be provided. Rubber boots recommended. We'll finish before noon but stay longer if you wish! Number of participants unlimited, but please sign up with the organizer, Evelyn Ralston (evelynralston@icloud.com).

Trip - Friday, May 01 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 - Saturday, May 02 Croyden Creek Nature Center Come discover a hidden Montgomery County birding gem. A total of 125 species of bird have been recorded in this park. Several species of warblers and other migrants possible. Meet 7:30 a.m. at the nature center parking lot. Moderate hiking. CO-LEADERS: Anne Mytych and Emily Huang. For more information and for reservations (required: 10-person limit), contact Anne at amytych@yahoo.com or (240) 506-0236 or Emily at EPHuang@verizon.net.

Trip - Sunday, May 03 Izaak Walton League, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter, Conservation Farm 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). For reservations and driving directions, contact the LEADER: Jim Nelson at kingfishers2@verizon.net or 240-515-4517.

Trip - Friday, May 15 MOS 75th Anniversary Convention, Cumberland, MD (3 days) The 73rd annual Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) Convention will be held at the Cumberland Ramada. This convention will celebrate MOS’s 75th anniversary. Updates will be posted by MOS on the convention website (http://www.mosconvention.org).

Meeting - Wednesday, May 20 Elections and Presentation TBA Elections and Presentation TBA

Meeting - Saturday, May 30 MBC Annual Picnic Lunch picnic following morning bird walk. A change of time, with a morning instead of an evening walk and one week earlier than preceding picnics, but the same enjoyable food and camaraderie. Details will be announced in the Spring but save the date!

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