PGAS Fall 2018 Program Schedule

PGAS monthly programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, in partnership with the Patuxent Bird Club, a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society.  There are no programs scheduled in the summer months.  PGAS members are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and non-members are always welcome.

The formal program always begins at 7:30 pm, but doors open at 7:00 for informal conversation, refreshments, and exchange of birding news.  Each program opens with brief statements from leaders of both clubs about upcoming events, items of interest and other club business, followed by the featured speaker with a question-and-answer period afterwards. 

Click on the location links below for directions and click on the program dates for more information about the presentations.

September 11
College Park Airport Operations Building
Matthew Perry The Legacy of Bud Taylor
October 9
Ned Tillman
Saving The Place You Love
November 13 Martyn Kenefick
Birds of Trinidad and Tobago
December 11
Movie Night:  High Tide in Dorchester

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm
College Park Airport Operations Building  

"The Legacy of Bud Taylor"

presented by Matthew Perry

Our region lost an esteemed wildlife artist when John W. Taylor died last October at age 86. Known to all as “Bud,” he was a beloved and treasured member of MOS and the Anne Arundel Bird Club. An accomplished wildlife artist, his career started with commissions from the National Geographic Society and the National Wildlife Foundation, leading to his self-employment as a wildlife artist. He authored two books published by Johns Hopkins Press: Birds of the Chesapeake and Chesapeake Spring, and designed Maryland’s first deer and trout stamps and was selected as the artist for Maryland’s first Waterfowl Stamp in 1974. He won the Duck Stamp contest in 1979 and was selected in 1984 as the winner of the Florida Duck Stamp contest.

His life and work were documented on Maryland Public Television’s "Outdoors Maryland." His later years were spent painting in his studio, working primarily with oils. Dr. Perry, emeritus scientist at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and long-time friend of Bud, will share Taylor’s influence on protecting the Chesapeake Bay landscapes, even beyond his well-known paintings. “Many were educated by Bud and carried his message to Annapolis and other political venues to help improve the quality of the Bay,” said Perry. “He was a man with a conscience who was quick to discuss the importance of quality habitat.” Come learn more about this multi-faceted man and his impact on conservation.

About the presenter: Dr. Matthew C. Perry is an Emeritus Scientist (Retired Wildlife Research Biologist), with the USGeological Survey – Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, in Laurel, MD. He is the author of numerous scientific publications. While employed at Patuxent, he conducted research dealing with waterfowl food habits and management of wetland areas, among other projects. Dr. Perry remains active as a lecturer, writer, and naturalist for bird tours.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm                                                          
College Park Airport Operations Building

"Saving The Place You Love"

presented by Ned Tillman

Naturalist, outdoor guide, and environmental author Ned Tillman will join us for a spirited presentation about how to protect and preserve the places that we and our feathered friends like to visit. Ned has used fiction and nonfiction, workshops, presentations, blogs, and interpretive walks to inspire people of all ages to fall in love with the outdoors and to become better stewards of these fragile lands. His hope is that each of us will become more effective champions of the  wild spaces in our midst.

Ned, a life-long Maryland resident, now lives in Howard County on Lake Elkhorn. He has served as the Chair of the Howard County Conservancy and the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board, and on  the board of the Izaak Walton League of America, and the Maryland Academy of Science. His books are used widely throughout Maryland in the Master Naturalist program, as well as in schools and colleges.  He has spent the last 12 months visiting the cave of the swifts in Mexico, hummingbirds in Utah, gannet nesting areas on the Gaspe Peninsula, semipalmated sandpipers in the Bay of Fundy, and whales in the St. Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord. All of these habitats are threatened as our climate changes.

Ned’s first book is all about the region where we live.  The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action won the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award chosen by the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation and the 2010 Best Book on Environmental and Natural Resources selected by The American Society for Public Administration.  His second book, and the topic of this program, describes the major campaigns that have been waged to preserve the forests and parks all across the country.   Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship was the 2014 Book of the Year as selected by Howard County’s Poetry and Literary Society, Community College, and Library System.  His latest book, The Big Melt, is a novel that inspires the reader to take more actions to help reduce the impacts of a changing climate.

He will have copies of his books and will be happy to sign them for you on October 9th. If you wish to read them ahead of time, they are all available on 

If you would like to join Ned on one of his interpretive walks, visit:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
College Park Airport Operations Building                                 

"Birds of Trinidad and Tobago"

presented by Martyn Kenefick

Trinidad and Tobago, tropical islands on the continental shelf of northeastern South America, enjoy a rich diversity of bird species, including resident breeders, visitors from the nearby mainland and others traveling the migratory flyway from North America. The islands, with their good tourist infrastructure and accessible habitat, also attract visiting birders, many of whom experience their first taste of tropical birding there.  The presentation will provide an overview of the special birds to be seen in the island nation, along with the great conservation and education mission of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.  Since its inception 50 years ago, the Asa Wright Nature Center has been a leader in ecotourism — long before that word was even coined.
It remains a world-class leader in this field, unsurpassed not only in Trinidad & Tobago but across the Caribbean, and is a  world- renowned nature destination.

Martyn Kenefick lives  in Trinidad where he is a freelance ornithologist and professional bird guide. He is the lead author of the Field Guide to the Birds  of Trinidad  and Tobago, published in 2008 by Yale University Press.  The book’s co-authors are Robin Restall
and Floyd Hayes.

An avid birder since the age of 13, he has enjoyed private birding trips to 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South-east and East Asia, North and South America, and to islands of the Caribbean. Additionally, since 2000 he has led tours on behalf of several UK Birding Tour companies to countries as diverse as Kuwait, Kenya, Israel and multiple tours to the USA, before retiring
from all tours in April 2014.
Tuesday, December 11 2018 at 7:30 pm
College Park Airport Operations Building                                 

Movie Night:  High Tide in Dorchester

Join the Prince George’s Audubon Society and Patuxent Bird Club for popcorn and other refreshments to enjoy during our annual movie night.  High Tide in Dorchester, seen by many on Maryland Public Television, is a film produced by Bay Journal that encourages discussions and actions concerning sea level rise, erosion and climate change in Dorchester County. The film creates a powerful, intimate story that looks at a worsening global threat through the lens of Chesapeake Bay’s most vulnerable county.  The 4th largest of MD’s 23 counties, this low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, is destined to drop to 14th by 2100 – or sooner – as waters rise and erosion worsens. High Tide is a wake-up call that it’s time to retreat from the shoreline that has historically drawn watermen and their families to their edges.  The film will be introduced by David Curson, Ph.D, one of the featured experts in the film.

David has worked as Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Maryland-DC since 2004, overseeing the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program and running conservation programs for birds and their habitats.  The film looks closely at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where David, scientists and managers are already dealing with the impacts of rising tide. On May 8, David spoke to us on efforts at BNWR to restore lost habitat on “Marshes for Tomorrow: The Fight to Save Maryland’s Salt Marshes from Sea Level Rise.”  David received his BSc in Ecology at the Unversity of East Anglia, UK, and earned MS and PhD degrees in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His graduate research focused on the ecology and behavior of Brown-headed Cowbirds. 

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