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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 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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