Winter/Spring 2018
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:

January 4 and 18, February 1 and 15, March 1 and 15 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:
January 6, February 3, March 3
January 20, February 17, March 17
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:
Saturday, February 24, 8 am
WHERE: Ponds of Prince George’s County

Meet at the Bowie Park & Ride at 8 AM
WHAT:
Wintering waterfowl - A special target bird will be the Hooded Merganser. Exact locations to be visited will depend on current reports.
WHO:
Fred Fallon at fwfallon@ymail.com or 410-286-8152

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 6, 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. Be prepared to walk up to 2.5 miles.Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.Target species include early migrating landbirds and lingering waterfowl.

Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the National Wildlife Visitor Center;. For directions, see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/ directions.html. 
WHO:
For further information, contact Marcia Watson, marshwren50@comcast.net

WHEN:
Saturday, March 24, 9 am
WHERE: Susquehanna River from Havre to Grace to Conowingo Dam

Meet at 9 am at Havre de Grace Marina, 723 Water Street. Bring snacks and drinks and dress warmly–conditions are often windy along the river.
WHAT:
We will bird from the top of the Chesapeake Bay up the Susquehanna River to the Conowingo Dam, stopping at various overlooks for the primary target species, gulls and waterfowl.
WHO:
Contact the trip leader, Gene Scarpulla, at ejscarp@comcast.net no later than 3/17



BIRD COUNTS


Date Event
Contact
Sunday, January 1 Bowie Christmas Bird Count - Volunteers are needed to census birds in a 15-mile diameter circle in the vicinity of Bowie. Choose your own start and stop times, then come to a tally rally at endof day to share your data and socialize.
Contact compiler David Mozurkewich (mozurk@bellAtlantic.net) to volunteer and to receive an assignment.
Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19th
21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count - Fun, easy event for birders of all ages and experience to count birds and create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Count as little as 15 minutes, or as long as you wish on one or more days.  Participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. Report your sightings online at birdcount.org and check out the latest in educational/promotional resources. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share.

OTHER AREA BIRDING TRIPS



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

last updated 1/1/2018