The Washington County Bird Club is a compatible group of people who enjoy seeing birds not usually found in our back yards, observing bird behaviors, and being outdoors. We are environmentally conscious, understanding the impact environmental issues have on birds and ultimately, humans as well. Field trips are planned to satisfy all of these pursuits, as well as provide fellowship opportunities.
Officers:
President: rotating
Vice President: Mark Abdy
Corresponding Secretary: Anna Hutzell
Recording Secretary: Doris Bergerl
Treasurer: Shirley Ford
Director: Ann Mitchell
Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, September-May at 7:30 PM at the Mt. Aetna Nature Center on Mt. Aetna Road east off of Maryland Route 66 near Hagerstown. Turn north on Rte. 66 off of I-70 toward Smithsburg, turn east on Mt. Aetna Road at the traffic roundabout - the nature center is less than a mile on the right. Speakers are recognized experts in their fields, and present topics such as bird identification, birding experiences, conservation issues, research projects, and reintroductory programs. Meetings are over before 9:30PM. Two of the meetings, October and January, are preceded by a pot-luck supper, where everyone brings a dish to share at 6:00PM for a time of social gathering over a meal.

Membership Information

Individual Dues: $25
Household Dues: $30
Junior Dues: $5
Associate: $5

Contact:
Shirley Ford
16909 Eylers Valley Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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Field Trip: "I Love Paris in the Fall"- Sunday, September 10, 2006
Pack a lunch and join us for a field trip to see a colony of Red-headed Woodpeckers at Sky Meadows State Park in Paris, Virginia. We will have a park ranger as a guide from 9:00-10:30AM, and do some birding on our own. After our encounter with the woodpeckers and lunch, we have scheduled a guided tour of Mount Bleak House, the original historic farm house on the property, at 1:00PM.
Depart Rte. 65 Park-N-Ride near MVA at 7:15AM. Call Ann at at 240-420-0808 to participate.

Overnight Field Trip: Wed./Thurs., September 13-14, 2006
Overnight Field Trip to Jug Bay in the Patuxent River Park in Prince George's County. We'll leave Wednesday at 11:00AM from the Rte. 66 Park-N-Ride to bird in the area of the park in the afternoon. After overnighting at the Super 8 Motel in Waldorf, we are due at the Park at 6:45AM for an early morning boat trip to bird the wetlands and see the habitat restoration of native plants in the area. There is a $5 fee for the boat ride, trip is limited to 12 people. Five rooms have been blocked-off for us on reservation #70028252 at 1-800-800-8000 - call to reserve on your credit card at $100/room/night. Contact Ann at 240-420-0808 to participate & for details.
Fall Bird Count: Saturday, September 16, 2006
Each year during fall and spring migration we take a statewide snapshot of the birds of Maryland. This year's Fall Count is scheduled for September 16. Get involved and have a great time! The Fall Count is conducted by volunteers who enjoy birding. You don’t need to be an expert to participate, and you can spend part, most, or all of the day out in the field - just keep track of the hours and miles you covered each day. If you can't get out, watch your own feeders. The more volunteers, the better the coverage. Here’s how to get involved: get in touch with Doris at 301-739-8907. Doris will give you details and get you an up-to-date field checklist for your tally, plus detailed guidance on how the count works. The checklist will also be available for download from the MOS web site (www.mdbirds.org).
September Meeting: Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Meeting 7:30PM at the Mt. Aetna Nature Center. Bob Balestri, will present "Hopping Through the Antipodes - Birding Australia and New Zealand."
Hawk Watch: Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Local Field Trip to Washington's Monument State Park Hawk Watch. Join Dave Weesner at the Monument at 9:00AM to observe and count the fall migration of raptors at Washington's Monument State Park, our birds of prey hot-spot. Counts here have been quite high in the past, and it is much closer than Hawk Mountain! Contact Dave at 301-432-7718 if you have questions.
Field trip: Saturday, October 21, 2006
Local Field Trip to Ft. Frederick State Park and the Big Pool area. The diverse habitats of large, open meadows, extensive forest edge, mature forest, the C&O canal and Big Pool give us great opportunity for resident and migratory waterfowl and songbirds.
Meet at 7:30AM at the Rte. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) Park-n-Ride by the Motor vehicle Administration (MVA). Contact Ann at 240-420-0808 to participate.
October Meeting & Pot Luck Supper - Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Dinner at 6:00 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM at the Mt. Aetna Nature Center. Relax with friends over a leisurely dinner before the meeting. Everyone bring a dish to share along with your own plates, napkins, dinnerware and a drink. Dinner will start at 6:00 on the first floor of the Nature Center. Following dinner and a brief business meeting 7:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Nature Center, Gene Scarpulla will give a presentation on the restoration of Hart-Miller Island on the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore County.
Owl banding: Friday, November 3, 2006
Night Field Trip: Saw-Whet Owl Banding - Lamb's Knob. This field trip is extremely weather dependent. If it is windy or raining, the owls just don't migrate through. This trip is limited to 14 people: Reservations are required. To participate, contact Anna at 301-797-8454. Meet at the Park & Ride at Alt. US40 & MD Rte. 67 by Thompson's Gas in Boonsboro at 9:15PM. Be prepared to stay until about midnight. For more information on Saw-Whet owls, check out the following links:
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/sawwhet.html
http://www.owling.com/Northern_Saw-whet.htm
http://animal.discovery.com/features/owlexp/dispatch/dispatch_04.html
November Meeting: Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Meeting 7:30PM - Dan Boone will be discussing the "Unintended Consequences: The Threat to Wildlife & Habitat From Siting Industrial Wind Turbines Along Appalachian Ridge Tops." http://www.windaction.org/news/
Saturday, December 2, 2006
State MOS Meeting Location TBA
Christmas Count: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Each year, we join the Audubon Society and Cornell University for the annual North American Christmas Count to find the birds that stuck around for the dead of winter here. Get involved and have a great time! The weather was beautiful in 2005, and miserably cold in 2004, but we had a blast! Like other Bird Counts, the Christmas Count is conducted by volunteers who enjoy birding. You don’t need to be an expert to participate, and you can spend part, most, or all of the day out in the field. The more volunteers, the better the coverage. Here’s how to get involved: get in touch with Dave Wesner at 301-432-7718. Dave will give you details and get you an up-to-date field checklist for your tally, plus detailed guidance on how the count works. You will team you up with other folks and assign you specific areas to cover. A checklist will also be available for download from the MOS web site (www.mdbirds.org). If you're going with Dave, you'll be out before daylight looking for owls, so a late afternoon nap may be in order! In the evening, we'll gather with the Audubon folks and others at the Mt. Aetna Nature Center at 5:00PM for a pot-luck supper and "Tally Rally", where we tally the lists of all the listers to establish our daily total. It is a great time and an important bit of research that Cornell will put to good use, and a chance to be involved in something much bigger than our local bird club.
Canal Count: January ,2007 
The C&O Canal Survey aims to provide a true picture of winter bird life along the 184.5 miles of the canal from Cumberland to Georgetown. We will join other MOS chapters, the Audubon Society, and other groups to survey the canal, our portion of which will be but a few miles. Call Shirley Ford at 301-241-3020 to participate - rain date TBA.
January Meeting: Dinner and a Movie: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 
Pot Luck Dinner at 6:00 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM at the Mt. Aetna Nature Center. Relax with friends over a leisurely dinner before the meeting. Everyone bring a dish to share along with your own plates, napkins, dinnerware and a drink. Dinner will start at 6:00 on the first floor of the Nature Center. Following dinner, a brief business meeting will begin at 7:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Nature Center, and the film, "Flying Casanovas", or "Seduction Through Construction: How male Bower birds use astounding structures to attract a mate will be shown afterwards. When a European naturalist first found small thatched huts in the rain forest of New Guinea in the late 19th century, he thought they were homes of an unknown tribe of pygmies. In front of each entrance, there was a neat lawn of moss flanked by decorative beds of pink blossom, orange fruits, and shining beetle wings. In fact, the builders were not people but a species of bowerbird. In "Flying Casanovas," host David Attenborough leads viewers into this little-known world of avian architecture.
Field trip: February, 2007 
Local Field Trip: Winter Waterfowl with Bob Keedy. Bob does a great job of finding the winter birds all over the area, from Harpers Ferry to Big Pool. February can be cold, but much will be done from the cars. Meet at the Rte. 65 Park & Ride on the DMV access road. Contact Bob at 301-733-7708 to participate.
Great Backyard Bird Count: February 16-19, 2007
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual North American four-day event that engages bird watchers of all levels in counting birds and reporting their results to create a mid-winter snapshot of the numbers, kinds, and distribution of birds across the continent. Participants count birds for as little or as long as they wish during the four-day period and tally the highest number of birds of each species that they see at any one time. At the Great Backyard Bird Count web site, they fill out an online checklist to submit their counts. For more information, go to http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc
February Meeting: February 27, 2007 
Meeting 7:30PM - Oklahoma Prairie Chickens - Our own certified birding guide, Dave Weesner, will be discussing his trip to Oklahoma to see these unusual (to us) birds.
Saturday, March 3, 2007 
State MOS Meeting Location TBA
Field Trip: Saturday, March 17, 2007 
Local Field Trip Harpers Ferry area - details to follow.
March Meeting: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 
Meeting 7:30PM - Speaker TBA
Dinner Delight and Birds of the Night: April, 2007 
This has always been an exciting and often productive trip. Dinner at 5:00PM at the Windy Hill Restaurant on Md Rte. 68. Exit I-70 At MD Rte. 68 East towards Williamsport - Windy Hill is on the Left on the windy hill.
For the Field Trip, meet at the Blair's Valley Boat Ramp at 6:30PM. Contact Dave Weesner at 301-432-7718 to participate.
Field Trip: April TBA, 2007 
Field Trip to Bear Branch Nature Center & Hashawha Environmental Center near Westminster to see migrating birds - Call Shirley at 301-241-3020 to participate.
April Meeting: April 24, 2007
Meeting 7:30PM - Warbler Identification Workshop. This is a shortened version of the extremely popular and well received workshop at the 2006 MOS Conference at Rocky Gap. It is extremely informative and interesting.
Virginia Field Trip: Saturday, April 28, 2007 
Field Trip to the 700 acre Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia, not far from Winchester. It is also the home of the Virginia State Arboretum. http://www.virginia.edu/blandy
Contact Ann (our own migratory bird) at 240-420-0808 to participate.
Sideling Hill Field Trip: May TBA, 2007
Look for spring warblers among other migrants on this usually highly productive field trip. We usually start by sprinting up to the top of Sideling Hill and working our down to Clearspring through Woodmont. Meet at the Rte. 65 Park & Ride at the DMV access road at 6:00AM.
May Count: Saturday, May 12, 2007
Each year during spring migration we take a statewide snapshot of the birds of Maryland. This year the May Count, a 24-hour effort held on the second Saturday of the month, is scheduled for May 12. Get involved and have a great time! Like Christmas Bird Counts, the May Count is conducted by volunteers who enjoy birding. You don’t need to be an expert to participate, and you can spend part, most, or all of the day out in the field. The more volunteers, the better the coverage. The checklist is available for download from the MOS web site (www.mdbirds.org). Then get set for a day of non-stop birding fun!
May Meeting: Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Meeting 7:30PM - Speaker TBA
Picnic: Sunday, June 24, 2007 
Meet at 4:00PM Sunday afternoon. Bring a lawn chair, your own cup, plate, utensils & drink and a dish to share. We'll look for summer birds after dinner. Take Old National Pike (Alt. US 40) through Boonsboro to the top of the mountain. Turn Left onto Washington Monument Road, (Directly across from The Old South Mountain Inn), which leads directly into the park in a little over a mile.
State MOS Conference: July 27-29, 2007 
Maryland Ornithological Society Conference in Wicomico County at Salisbury University. This is an outstanding opportunity to do a lot of intense birding in 2-3 days and see birds not native to our area. It will be hot, as it is mid-summer, but the shore birds should be plentiful. Are you a beginning birder? There's no better place to learn than at a conference, where you are immersed in birding. It is great fun, excellent birding, good food, good times, being with and meeting new friends. Keynote speaker on Friday evening will be renowned author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul. Look for the conference brochure in the mail this April or at the MOS web site www.mdbirds.org.
Picnic: Sunday, August 26, 2007
Meet at 4:00PM Sunday afternoon. Bring a lawn chair, your own cup, plate, utensils & drink and a dish to share. We'll look for summer birds in this beautiful setting after dinner. Take US 40 West past Clearspring to Pectonville Road or take I-70 West to Exit 12. Go 1.4 miles on MD Rte. 56 West, then turn left on US40 and go 3 miles & turn right onto Pectonville Road. Camp Harding park is 1 mile on the right.