Programs and Field Trips


At Robinson Nature Center,
6692 Cedar Lane
(west side of Columbia).

Hospitality session at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting/program begins at 7:30 p.m.

No entrance fee for bird club programs.

RobinsonNatureCenter (61K)


September 14, 2017. Namibia Overland, by Allen Lewis.
This road trip, through starkly beautiful open country in one of the least densely populated countries in Africa, included Okavango Delta in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zambia. The trip was with Rockjumper Birding in South Africa. In his professional career, Allen taught and conducted biological research at the university of Puerto Rico for thirty years. He is a club member.


Questions? Questions? Email Field Trip Chair.

binocularsReservations required!

cardinalGreat for beginning birders
Questions?Directions? Go to Howard Birding Spots

ButterflyButterfly field trips. Email Linda.

dollar_charge Charge for trip! Details are under trip .

Registration is not required unless shown for specific trips. These trips are an ideal way for both the beginner and the more experiences observer to learn and to share knowledge in a informal atmosphere. Families are encouraged to participate; children with an adult are welcome. Binoculars and a field guide are recommended but are not necessary. Carpoliing is encouraged. No pets!

Birds expected in Howard County in AUGUST.

cardinal Sepember 3, Sunday, 9:30 am (2–3 hours)
Dick Smith Memorial Butterfly Walk

Meet at Elkhorn Garden Plots, Oakland Mills Road
Enjoy searching for late-summer butterflies with instruction on their identification. Easy walking on mowed paths around the cummunity garden plots and Elkhorn meadow. We will continue on paved paths and mowed areas near the right-of-way alongside open, flowery wet meadows and brushy hillsides. Bring close-focus binoculars to view nectaring behavior. Cancelled if raining or overcast. Primitive facilities. Leader - Linda Hunt

September 7, Thursday, 7:30 am (half day)
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

Meet at the Clegg Meadow off Southwind Circle
Moderate walking through wooded trails and along the river. Great area for migrants of all species. Field edges and thickets provide sparrow habitat. If time and birds warrant, we will also do the Trotter Road Loop. Prepare for wet grass and mud on the trails. No facilities. Leader - Kurt Schwarz

Mt Pleasant Farm September 9, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Meet at parking lot. Facilities available Leader - Mike Kerwin,

cardinal September 9, Saturday, 8.00 am—2:00 pm
Mount Pleasant

Meet at parking lot.
Two hour bird walk followed by a four hour hawk watch.
Easy walking through the fields. Tree lines, hedgerows and streams provide opportunity for non-meadow species. Great opportunity for flyovers. Facilities available. Leader - Mike Kerwin

September 10, Sunday, 8.00 am (half day)
Rockburn Branch Park

Meet in parking lot on the left just past the restored schoolhouse. The park gate is just beyond Rockburn Elementary School.
Moderate walking through the woods and fields of our largest county park looking for migrants. Paths may be muddy. Facilities available. Leader - Karen and Kevin Heffernan

cardinal September 13, Wednesday, 7:30 am (half day)
Mount Pleasant

Meet at parking lot.
Easy walking through the fields of Mt. Pleasant Farm. Tree lines, hedgerows and streams provide opportunity for non-meadow species. Great opportunity for flyovers. Facilities available. Leader - Warren Cummings

September 16, Saturday, ALL DAY

dollar_chargebinoculars September 30, Saturday, 7:00 am
Jug Bay Boat Trip

Meet at Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD.
Look for migrants, Sora, Virginia Rail, Least Bittern, and shorebirds during this boat trip along Jug Bay at low tide. There is as $6 fee (cash only) for this trip. For reservations contact Mary Maxey

Also MOS Chapter Meetings & Field Trips.

Trip Report Results: Field trip leaders send the trip report to the web, and we post the results. If you were on the trip you can see what you saw. If you missed the trip, you can see what you missed.

As a trip leader, you can use your eBird report as a basis for your report to the webmaster.

  • To do this, open the report to be used.
  • Click on View or Edit
  • When that opens, click on Email Yourself
  • Forward that email you send yourself to the webmaster and add the information in the column to the right:
  • Names of all trip leaders (if more than one)
  • Date of trip (if not the same as on eBird report)
  • Location of trip (as advertised by Bird Club)
  • Details (if different than ones shown in eBird report)
  • Number (and names) of participants)
  • Additional comments (if desired)

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