Fall/Winter 2017
Field Trips, Bird
Walks, & Bird Counts









Luther Goldman Birding Trail
Fran Uhler and Governor Bridge Natural Areas
Field Trips Bird Counts
Other Area Birding Trips

The Prince George's Audubon Society leads mid-week bird walks every 1st and 3rd Thursday at the Luther Goldman Birding Trail.  In the fall and winter months (Sept. - March) walks will begin at 3:00 PM, and in the spring and summer months (April - August) they will start at 6:00 PM.  Meet at the parking lot at Berwyn Road and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights (see map and directions).  For beginners and experts.  Bird checklist available.  No reservations needed.  Contact Dave Mozurkewich at  mozurk@verizon.net or 301-509-2212 for more information. 

Upcoming dates:

Sept. 7 and 21, Oct. 5 and 19, Nov. 2 and 16, and Dec 7 and 21 at 3 pm

PGAS-sponsored Saturday morning bird walks to two areas of Patuxent River Park co-managed by PGAS and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Fran Uhler Natural Area
Governor Bridge Natural Area
This park features mature woodlands and open water wetland that can feature migrant warblers, Barred Owls, and the occasional Yellow-crowned Night Heron. This park offers a wide variety of habitats -- mature riparian woodlands, second growth scrub, open grassy fields, and small ponds and creeks.
FUNA walks take place on the 1st Saturday of the month: GBNA walks take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month:
Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2
Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16
Meet at park entrance at 7:30 am.  No reservations needed.  For maps, directions, and trip reports from our monthly bird walks, click on Fran Uhler or Governor Bridge.  If you have questions, contact trip leader Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com or 240-603-5201.

FIELD TRIPS
Co-sponsored by the Patuxent Bird Club
Check out the Trip Reports page for details from some of our past excursions

All trips are free unless otherwise noted
Trips are open to members and non-members and to birders from amateur to expert
All trips require reservations with the trip leaders or other contact person as indicated
The times listed are departure times, so please arrive a little earlier
Carpools can be arranged at the meeting areas

WHEN:
Thursday, September 14, 3:45 pm
WHERE: Jug Bay

Meet at the park’s lower boat launch area of Jackson’s Landing at Patuxent River Park, Croom, Maryland. The boat will depart the dock promptly at 4:00 PM.
WHAT:
Sunset pontoon boat trip on the Patuxent River at Jug Bay to observe Sora and other rails, Least Bittern, and other specialties of this freshwater wild rice marsh.
WHO:
Trip will be led by Greg Kearns of Patuxent River Park. Boat fee of $5 for residents of Prince George’s or Montgomery Counties; all others $7. Limited to 18 participants; preference will be given to Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s Audubon Society members. For reservations (required), contact Fred Fallon, fwfallon@ymail.com, 410-286-8152.

WHEN:
Tuesday, September 19, 9 am
WHERE: South Tract, Patuxent Research Refuge
WHAT:
Bird Walk, Seasons at South Tract.  One of a series of quarterly bird walks at the South Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge.We will walk some of the trails and will stop at the Pollinator Garden bird feeding area by the Visitor Center. Target species include migrating warblers,  flycatchers, vireos, sparrows.

Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center; bear left on entering the parking area and go all the way to the last section of the lot past the covered solar recharging station for electric vehicles. For directions, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/ directions.html. 
WHO:
For further information, contact Marcia Watson, marshwren50@comcast.net.

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 15, 9 am
WHERE: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Meet at the Bowie Park & Ride at 9 AM
WHAT:
Wintering waterfowl, eagles and other raptors, lingering shorebirds and songbirds.
WHO:
Reservations are required; limited to 10 participants. Must contact the leader, Barbara Ricciardi (barbararicciardi27@gmail.com) in advance for reservations.

WHEN:
Sunday, December 3, 8 am
WHERE: Piscataway National Park

Meet at the fishing area at the north end of Wharf Road. From the DC Beltway (I-495), go south on Route 210/ Indian Head Highway, then right (west) on Farmington Road West. Continue on Farmington Road to a sharp curve to the left, where you should turn right (north) onto Wharf Road (large wooden sign at intersection reads “Farmington Landing”). Follow Wharf Rd. to its end at the fishing area/boat launch.
WHAT:
Wintering waterfowl, eagles and other raptors, lingering shorebirds and songbirds.
WHO:
Contact the trip leader, David Mozurkewich at  mozurk@verizon.net or 301-509-2212 t

WHEN:
Tuesday, December 5, 9 am
WHERE: South Tract, Patuxent Research Refuge
WHAT:
Bird Walk, Seasons at South Tract.  One of a series of quarterly bird walks at the South Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge.We will walk some of the trails and will stop at the Pollinator Garden bird feeding area by the Visitor Center. Target species include migrating warblers,  flycatchers, vireos, sparrows.

Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center; bear left on entering the parking area and go all the way to the last section of the lot past the covered solar recharging station for electric vehicles. For directions, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/ directions.html. 
WHO:
For further information, contact Marcia Watson, marshwren50@comcast.net.



BIRD COUNTS


Date Event
Contact
Sunday, September 17
Fall Bird Count, Annual county-wide census of resident and migrating birds.  Pick your own start and stop times. Contact the county compiler David Mozurkewich at  mozurk@verizon.net or 301-509-2212 to receive an assigned area and for more information.
Sunday, December 17 Jug Bay Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers are needed to census birds in a 15-mile diameter circle in the vicinity of Jug Bay. Choose your own start and stop times, then come to a tally rally at the end of the day to share your data and socialize.
Contact compiler Sam Droege (sdroege@usgs.gov) to be put in touch with a sector leader to receive an area assignment.

OTHER AREA BIRDING TRIPS



Questions or comments?  Contact the PGAS Webmaster at:  info@pgaudubon.org

last updated 8/27/2017