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)


February 8, 2018. Common Sparrows of Central Maryland, by Bonnie Ott.
Learn how to identify common sparrow species of the Maryland Piedmont. Bonnie will explain habitat preferences and seasonal movement. She will give tips on how to tell similar species apart by behavior. Bonnie has given a number of programs for the bird club. Her love of sparrows is well known. Members have often asked for a sparrow ID program. Bonnie says that she will (with great difficulty) whittle down her 800 sparrow photos down to about 100 or so for the program.


Questions? Questions? Email Field Trip Chair.

Wheelchair accessible Wheelchair accessible
binoculars Reservations required!

cardinal Great 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 January

binoculars January 20, Saturday half day. Alpha Ridge Landfill
Contact Joe Hanfman for reservations.
Carpooling is required. Limited to a maximum of five cars. Moderate walking over hills and fields of the landfill. We will search for Short-eared Owls with no guarantee of finding one. Other possibilities are Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Horned Lark, American Pipit, and Eastern Meadowlark. If we finish early, we may go to Mount Pleasant and look for wintering sparrows. Facilities at Alpha Ridge Park.

binoculars January 27, Saturday all day.
Midwinter Count

binoculars dollar_charge February 24, FridaySunday MOSConference at Ocean City
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Wheelchair accessible cardinal February 7, Wednesday 8:00 am 23 hours. Lake Elkhorn
Meet at the Dockside parking lot.
Easy walking along the lake and to Forbay Pond. Waterfowl, sparrows and winter finches are possible. The lake can turn up interesting surprises. No facilities. Leader: Allen Lewis

February 10, Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Blandair Park North
Meet at the south end of Summer Hollow Lane, Columbia.
Walk the trails along scrubland and woods. Sometimes non-winter birds over-winter here. No facilities, boots recommended. Leader: Anthony VanSchoor

Wheelchair accessible cardinal February 17, Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Lake Kittamaqundi
Meet in the top side lakefront fountain that is near Whole Foods off Little Patuxent Parkway.
Easy walking around the newly paved path. Waterfowl, gulls and sparrows expected. Facilities available. Leader: Clayton Koonce

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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