Baltimore Birding
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Field Trips and Events
Saturday, May 4, 8am,  Leader: Brad Phoebus, Milford Mill (Villa Nova Park), for warblers and other songbirds
(695, right on Liberty Road, right on Washington Ave., right on Milford Mill Rd, right into parking area immediately after going under 695) Join Brad at this excellent warbler migrant trap along a creek and woods; an easy mile loop. Often during the first half of May this spot is popping with warblers and other songbirds. To register—and ask questions about location or anything else—contact Brad at
or 443-415-9776.

Saturday, May 4, 630am-1200pm, Spring Migration Up Close with Pickering Creek Audubon
Rain Date: Saturday, May 11
$85 per person
Join Pickering Creek educators for an incredible field trip to Chestertown to visit Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory and witness bird banding up close! Listen for the distinctive bob...white! song while visiting restored grasslands to hear about recovering quail and sparrows. Learn directly from skilled field ecologists as they measure and band migratory and local birds in the middle of the spring season. Get an up-close look at warblers, vireos, thrushes and more and hear how the data collected at Foreman’s Branch tells a story about bird patterns, health and future.  Limited to 11 participants. Meet at Pickering Creek at 6:30AM before departing in the Pickering Creek van. Some snacks will be provided. The van will return to Pickering Creek by noon. REGISTER  online by Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12pm

Sunday, May 5, 8 am -1PM 1pm,   Leader: Bryan MacKay, National Arboretum, Washington DC
The National Arboretum is one of DC's treasures, and never more so than at the height of azalea season.  60,000 azaleas will be in bloom!  We'll also look at spring wildflowers at Fern Valley. While this is primarily a botanical walk, we'll surely see some good birds at prime migration season.  The Arboretum is closer than you think, only a 30 minute drive down the Parkway from Catonsville.  Bring lunch, water, and binocs. Details and directions from Bryan MacKay,

Saturday May 11, 8:30AM,  Leader: Fred Brundick, North Point State Park (Edgemere, MD)
North Point is a 1,310 acre park on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  We’ll be searching for spring migrants and resident birds on the Marsh Trail and bay front. Park entrance fee is $3/vehicle (have exact change). To register,
contact Fred at or 443-752-5607. All levels of birders welcome, scope helpful if you have one.

Sunday, May 12, 7:00am,   Leader: Tim Houghton, Susquehanna State Park
Susquehanna State Park is Harford County’s (and maybe the state's) best place to find Cerulean Warblers and other warbler and songbird species.
This park has a little bit of everything. E-mail Tim for information and to register at or call 410-510-7504. Meeting place will be at Rock Run Mill (corner of Stafford Rd. and Rock Run Rd.).

Wednesday, May 22, 5-630pm, Herb Garden Tour and Tea with Pickering Creek Audubon
$5 per person
Tour the herb garden at Pickering Creek with Chesapeake Bay Herb Society members. Breathe in the fragrant spring air as you learn about commonly known culinary herbs. Wander the winding garden pathways and search for visiting pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Enjoy some Herbal Tea and Herbal Cookies and take home some herbs to share. REGISTER  online by Monday, May 22, 2019 at 5pm.
Saturday, May 25, 8-930am, Patterson Park Guided Bird Walk
Tuesday, May 28, 430-630pm, Down by the Bay at Pickering Creek Audubon Center
$5 per person
Pickering Creek leads into the Chesapeake Bay and is home to many different aquatic species. Want to know more about the different types of fish that live in the Chesapeake Bay? Have you ever wanted to try out fishing and wanted some instruction? Learn how to fish and seine and practice identifying what you find with Pickering Creek naturalists! Come on out for this fun hands-on activity for all ages! Fishing rods and bait provided. REGISTER  online by Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 12pm
Volunteer Opportunities
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Pickering Creek Audubon Center: 
Pickering Creek has ongoing volunteer opportunities to match your skills and interests.  Please see their website for details - click here.   
Patterson Park Audubon 
The Patterson Park Audubon Center team needs volunteers to help in their efforts to produce quality programs for children and adults, and to build Baltimore's bird habitat in Patterson Park and beyond. There are lots of ways you could help, both indoors and outdoors, or possibly from your own home.  Click here for information.