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  Trip - 2020-09-03- Wheaton Regional Park - Join us to look for migrant warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. Reservations required. Limit: 10. For more information about meeting time and place and for reservations, email the LEADERS: Woody and Rae Dubois at dengue1@verizon.net.

Trip - 2020-09-13- Rock Creek Regional Park - One-third day. The focus will be on identifying migrant warblers, vireos, and sparrows, but we will also look closely at more common birds. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. For reservations (required, limit:6) and directions, email the LEADER: Clive Harris at clivegharris@yahoo.com.

Meeting - 2020-09-16- A Million Penguins - Watching Penguins in the Antarctic - Join William Young at our September 2020 Meeting as he presents "A Million Penguins - Watching Penguins in the Antarctic". In 2016, Bill Young took a cruise from southern Argentina to the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula. On the trip, he saw an estimated one million penguins from seven species. His presentation will focus on each of the species, with special emphasis on their biology and behavior and on the environmental issues affecting them. Penguins are found as far north as the Galapagos Islands, but to see large numbers of them, you need to travel to more southerly waters. Bill is a writer who lives Arlington and has traveled to all seven continents to observe birds and wildlife. ln 2014, his book the Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat was published by Dover Publications. The book contains 99 essays which look at the relationship between birds and a broad range of subjects, including biology , ecology, literature, music, history, linguistics, politics, sports, entertainment, and other areas. His natural history videos on his YouTube channel have had over a half million viess. He has been honored by having a species of snail-killing fly named after him -- Dictya youngi.

Trip - 2020-09-20- Pennyfield Bird Stalk - Half day. For folks who prefer a somewhat later start to their birding, we will meet at 9 a.m. at the Pennyfield Lock parking lot and work our way upsteam to the Blockhouse Point area. This walk should net an interesting mix of late warblers, other landbird migrants, and probably a few early winter visitors, as we scan the skies and river for raptors and waterbirds. Limit: 6. Reservations required. To sign up, contact the LEADER: Jim Nelson at kingfishers2@verizon.net or 240-515-4517.

Trip - 2020-09-26- Croydon Creek Nature Center - Come discover (or re-discover) a Montgomery County birding gem. 125 species of bird have been recorded in this park; multiple warblers, thrushes and Common Nighthawks are possible. Some moderate hiking. Meet at 7:30 AM in the Nature Center parking lot. Limit: 6. Reservations required. For reservations and more informa-tion contact the CO-LEADERS Anne Mytych at amytych@yahoo.com or 240-506-0236 or Emily Huang at ephuang@verizon.net.

Trip - 2020-10-03- 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 AM. We’ll slowly walk some of the woodland trails looking for migrant and resident birds. Reservations re-quired. Limit: 6. For reservations and directions contact the LEADER: Gemma Radko at gradko@yahoo.com.

Trip - 2020-10-04- Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens - Half day. 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 rap-tors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Reservations required. Limit 6. Meet at 8 AM in the parking lot to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. LEADERS: Mike Bowen, 301-530- 5764 or dhmbowen@yahoo.com, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or maineusa@comcast.net.

Trip - 2020-10-10- Redgate Park - Come explore this “new” park on a former golf course. Offers multiple habitats, including a small marsh, wooded areas and lots of meadow areas for potential winter sparrows. In the first 10 months of Redgate as a park, birders identified 147 species. Some areas have steep hills. Meet at 8 AM in the parking lot. Limit: 6. Reservations required. For more informa-tion, reservations and directions, contact the LEADER: Anne Mytych at 240-506-0236 or amytych@yahoo.com. 

Meeting - 2020-10-21- Hawai’i: Paradise Rebirded Speaker: David Roberts - Most visitors to Hawai’i will not see a native passerine. Hawai’i accounts for 15% of the world’s documented land bird extinctions over the past 700 years, and only 42 of the 152 documented indigenous species of Hawai’i remain today. My wife declared Hawai’i to be her favorite place to visit during our first trip to Hawai’i in 1998. The less developed Big Island and Kaua’i remain our favorites, but we have spent time on all four main islands, and on our last visit I finally completed my checklist of the endemic forest birds on Oahu. That was accomplished thanks to a talented native Hawaiian bird guide. I want to share some of what I learned from him about native Hawaiian history and the complex impacts of Polynesian, European, Russian, and American colonization on the environment and its native birds. I will also give an overview of the endemic species unique to each island and some of the interesting migrants and accidentals that I have encountered. Some of my photos can be viewed on eBird: https://ebird.org/profile/MzQ5MTQw/US-HI. Dr. Roberts is a Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Pathology of the National Cancer Institute. His NIH website is: https://irp.nih.gov/pi/david-roberts.

Trip - 2020-10-24- Blue Mash: Remembering Our Past Presidents - Join us for this year’s annual walk in honor of former MBC presidents. We will especially remember those who are no longer with us. Longtime birders and new birders, new members and nonmembers--all are welcome. Meet at 8 AM. Limit: 6. Reservations required. For more information, directions, and reservations, contact the LEADER: Andy Martin at martinap2@verizon.net or 301-529-2066.

Trip - 2020-11-11- Blue Mash: Basics Of Sparrow Id - Sparrows--Little Brown Jobs, to some--can be tricky to identify. A morning at Blue Mash provides a good op-portunity to learn and review key field marks. In addition to common species like White-throated and Song and Swamp, we’ll keep an eye out for less-likely White-crowned and Field Sparrows. This trip is primarily for begin-ners but all are welcome. Limit: 6. For reservations, time, and directions, contact one of the CO-LEADERS: Lydia Schindler, lydia13621@gmail.com or Linda Friedland, linnet1@verizon.net.

Meeting - 2020-11-18- Wildlife of Panama Speaker: Gail Mackiernan - Last April, Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper joined friends from England for two weeks in Panama. This was Gail and Barry’s third trip to that country, but reports of breeding Crested and Harpy Eagles provided a great reason for another visit! The group spent about 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. In two weeks, they tallied about 300 species of birds, as well as a number of interesting mammals, including cute Sloths and noisy Howler Monkeys. Bird highlights were many, topped perhaps by smashing views of a Harpy Eagle at its nest, feeding a large chick, a totally unexpected encounter with a huge Crested Eagle perched along a remote road, close views of a confiding Black-crowned Antpitta, the enigmatic apayoa, Ocellated and Bare-crowned Antbirds and thousands of Mississippi Kites winging their way north over the forest.

Trip - 2020-11-29- Lilypons/New Design Road - Half day. Wintering field birds, targeting Fox and Tree Sparrows, possibly Virginia Rail and American Bittern. Email leader for reservation (required) and more info. Limit: 6. LEADER: Clive Harris clivegharris@yahoo.com.

Trip - 2020-12-06- 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: 6. Contact the leader for meeting place and time. LEADER: Mark England, 240-207-3132 (home) or 240-375-4500 (cell).

 

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.


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