Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)

Emy's Meadow

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Our long-time treasurer, Emy Holdridge, died January 5, 2015.

The Howard County Bird Club wanted a project which would exemplify her love of the fragile natural world. Our first thought was pollinator plantings at Centennial Park to encourage a variety of insect pollinators to breed in that park. Response was overwhelming. Members responded with gifts and knowledge of what it would take to make "Emy's Meadow" a reality. Following is a history of the first year.

In January
January, 2015
Killing existing vegetation
Killing existing vegetation
Planting meadow mix seeds
Planting "meadow mix" seeds
Beginning to see results
Beginning to see results
Meadow flowers
Meadow flowers

But we are not done. Meadows require annual maintenence (especially for the first few years). The Howard County Bird Club is committed to removal of invasive species so that the meadow remains a meadow.

2015-06-14_S Kurt_weeding_Muller
Removal of invasives.
Our Mission

is to promote the knowledge, development, protection, and conservation of bird life and other naturally occurring species and their habitats.

Insects in Emy's Meadow

"Pollinators" are only one of the forms of insects found in the meadow. There is a web of life here. Other insects feed on the pollinators. The other insects in turn are a food source up the predator chain (including birds).

Here are two panels of some of the insects photographed by Linda Hunt in the summer and early autumn of 2015:

Following that are additional panels with photos added during our continual update of the photos on this page. Photos by Sue Muller and Barbara Sikorski.


Peck's Skipper

Two-liined Spittlebug

Cabbage White

Least Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Ocola Skipper


Variegated Fritillary

Common Buckeye

Common Checkered-Skipper

Corn Earworn Moth

Fiery Skipper (F)


Painted Lady

Bee Mimic & Carpenter Bee

Bumble Bee

Honey Bees

Meadow Fritillary

Clouded Sulphurs

Syrphid Fly (M)

Yellow-collared Scape Moth

Anchor Stink Bug

Pearl Crescent

2016 Photos

Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed
Striped Lynx Spider
Striped Lynx Spider
Oxeye Daisy
Oxeye Daisy
American Toad
American Toad
Widow Skimmer (F)
Widow Skimmer (F)
Common Whitetail (M)
Blue Dasher (F)
Silver-spotted Skipper
Monarch catepillar
Daisy Fleabane
Common Buckeye
Honey Bee Mimic
Eastern Amberwing (F)
Milkweed Tussock Moth
Rough Cinquefoil
Transverse Flower Fly
Moth Mullein

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