Don't forget the birdseed!
photo by Mark Hollis
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Field Trips and Events
Annual Bird Seed Sale!
Orders due Monday Oct. 16
Pickup date Saturday Oct. 21
See attached order form for details.  Proceeds benefit local environmental education programs.  Help our feathered friends during the upcoming seasons.  If you don't have a feeder - consider buying seed and donating it to your local nature center.
Saturday, September 16, 8:30AM,  Leader: Tim
Houghton, Turkey Point (Elk Neck State Park, Cecil County)
For fall migration, few places in Maryland are as good as Turkey Point, at the southern tip of Elk Neck State
Park in Cecil County. (I 95 to exit 100, and then take 272 south all the way to the parking lot at the end.) An $8 toll is required. Car pooling may be possible at the Park-and-Ride at I 95 and 152 (exit 74). Contact Tim at 410-510-7504 or to register.

***Date Change**
Saturday, September 16,  9
:00AM, Leader: Hugh Simmons, Cromwell Valley Park: Birding Basics
Are you interested in joining the fun of birdwatching?
This is one of a series of monthly bird walks for those
new to birding that will focus on developing bird identification skills.  Rather than simply naming the bird we will spend time talking about the characteristics that
lead to an identification: family, descriptive anatomy, posture, behavior, voice, habitat, etc.  We will also discuss topics such as binoculars, field guides, birding apps, clothing and birding etiquette.   While we will hopefully see a lot of birds the primary goal will be
to spend time understanding each ID rather than to
check off as many species as possible. To register
contact Hugh Simmons at or 410-456-0017.
Monday, September 18, 530-730PM, Intro to Bird-Friendly Gardening Workshop with Patterson Park Audubon
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Hamilton Branch
5910 Harford Road, Baltimore, 21214
Welcome, gardeners! Learn how to transform your home, school, or work place into a bird and butterfly paradise! Audubon experts will be on hand to share practical tips and scientific support for gardening with native plants. Leave with resources you need to beautify your outdoor space and attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife! Please register in advance: or 410.558.2473..
Friday, September 22, 6-730PM, Welcome Fall! Campfire at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, $5.00 per person
The temperatures are slowly cooling, and soon the leaves will be falling! Bid farewell to summer and welcome autumn with a wagon ride and campfire at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center ! We’ll meet at the Welcome Center before catching a wagon ride to the campfire pit by the creek. Enjoy s’mores and a short program led by Pickering Creek staff. Register by calling 410-822-4903.
Saturday, September 23, 8-930AM, Druid Hill Guided Bird Walk 
Experts from Audubon and the Maryland Zoo will lead us in search of avian friends! Bring the whole family - all ages and abilities welcome! No experience necessary. If you would like to borrow binoculars, drop us an email – we have plenty to share!  There is no need to RSVP for this event, just arrive ready to explore! To borrow binoculars: or 410.558.2473. Free!  Meet at 3001 East Drive in Druid Hill Park
Wed., September 27, 530-730PM, Advanced Bird-Friendly Garden Design Workshop with Patterson Park Audubon
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Roland Park Branch
5108 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21210
Welcome, gardeners! Building on what we know about native plants for birds, we’ll dive into bird-friendly garden design and maintenance. You’ll learn the best methods to plan for a beautiful landscape and sustain your native garden while supporting beneficial wildlife. This workshop is intended for more advanced gardeners. We recommend our Intro to Bird-Friendly Gardening workshop as a prerequisite. Please register in advance: or 410.558.2473.
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 – 8:00pm, Nature Trivia Night with Pickering Creek Audubon, Location: Eastern Shore Conservation Center
$15.00 per person
Join the fun at Nature Trivia Night! Come on your own or with a team of up to 6 people to test your nature knowledge. Plants, animals, oceans, or planets—no matter what your nature IQ, the goal is to have fun and learn some cool nature facts. This program is in partnership with Adkins Arboretum, CBF, Waterfowl Chesapeake, ESLC, EC, MRC, TNC, UMCES, and CBEC. The winning person or team will win a fabulous prize! The emcee will try and  stump all you wise owls with some gnarly questions. Food and a cash bar will be available. Register early by calling Adkins Arboretum at 410-634-2847 

Thursday, September 28, 9AM-2PM, Restoring Habitat in the Chesapeake Bay Region of the Atlantic Flyway
 A FREE workshop for landowners and those who work with them to enhance and protect the value of open space.  Learn the value of large-tract habitat restoration projects to birds, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay. Explore restoration methods like warm season grass meadows, forest buffers and especially restored wetlands. See on the ground examples at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. The workshop will include presentation materials that can be used to share information with other interested persons or community groups. Resource materials will also include contact information for technical and financial assistance required to initiate a restoration project. Lunch provided.
To register, email Mark Scallion at or call Pickering Creek Audubon Center at 410.822.4903 by September 22nd. Please indicate dietary preference when registering. 
Saturday, September 30, 8:00AM,  Leader: Brad Phoebus, Hydes Road Park (Baltimore County, not far from Loch Raven Reservoir)
Hydes Road Park is a fairly small area with good habitat for a variety of birds, including sparrows and warblers and various other field birds.  Sometimes rarities such as Nelson's Sparrow or Orange-Crowned Warbler
will show up, as well as other interesting birds. Contact Brad to register or for meeting location and directions at or 443-415-9776.

Saturday, September 30, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at Patterson Park
Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important migratory stopover in Baltimore City! Audubon experts will lead us in search of avian friends! Bring the whole family - all ages and abilities welcome! No experience necessary.  There is no need to RSVP for this event, just arrive ready to explore! To borrow binoculars email or call 410-558-2473.  
Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, closest to the intersection of E. Lombard St. and S. Patterson Park Ave.
Looking forward:
Oct. 8 - Harvest Hoedown at Pickering Creek
Oct. 12 - Fall Foliage Paddle at Pickering Creek
Oct. 13 - Patterson Park Friday Walk
Oct. 18 - Ponding around at Pickering Creek
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer  with Chesapeake Audubon!
Click here for current opportunities.   We especially need someone to manage our website.
Patterson Park Audubon 
Saturday Oct. 7, 9-1030AM,  Habitat Team
We are building bird habitat in Patterson Park and need your help! These native gardens provide food and homes for the park's wildlife, and learning spaces for students. Tools, gloves, water, and snacks provided. Service hours awarded to helpful students. No need to register. Meet at the wetland garden, uphill from the Boat Lake.  Email with questions or for directions.
Pickering Creek Audubon Center: 
Pickering Creek has ongoing volunteer opportunities to match your skills and interests.  Please see their website for details - click here.   
Surveying the damage from Hurricane Harvey. more
The American Birding Expo begins Sept. 29 in Philadelphia.  more