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2007 - 2008 Program Year

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September 6 -- MEETING.   Bob Schaffer will present a video on his birding trip to western Ecuador.

September 8 -- HART-MILLER ISLAND.   Gene Scarpula will lead us on a 7-8 mile trek around Hart-Miller Island to look for migrating shorebirds. Be sure to bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. Mike Welch is coordinating the trip and space is limited. To make reservations, contact Mike (301-874-5828).

September 15 -- FREDERICK COUNTY FALL COUNT.   Mike Welch will coordinate our eighth county-wide fall census. Call Mike (301-874-5828) to be placed with a team or assigned a territory. Tally Rally at the Welch’s.

September 22 -- GAMBRILL STATE PARK.   Barbara Gearhart will lead us on a quest for fall migrants in Gambrill State Park. Walking may be uphill and vigorous depending on where the warblers are. Meet at 8:00AM at Gambrill Park. Please call Barbara (301-473-9889) if you are coming.

September 29 -- STATE MOS BOARD MEETING.   Our chapter will host this meeting at the Urbana Library. Volunteers are needed to provide food and drinks for the meeting which starts at 10:30 AM. We also need a volunteer to lead a trip to Lilypons from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Please call Mike (301-874-5828) if you can help.

October 4 -- MEETING.   Paul Baicich, well-known birder and conservationist, will present a program entitled “Birds, Conservation, Refuges - Making Better Connections.”

October 13 -- LILYPONS.   Mike Welch will lead a trip to this popular local birding spot. We’ll look for Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow and other fall migrants. Meet at Lilypons bridge at 7:30AM. Please call Mike (301-874-5828) to let him know you are coming.

October 27 -- FALL AT AUDREY CARROLL.   David Smith will lead a trip to search for those pesky little brown jobs (sparrows) and other migrants! Meet at the Rte. 75 Park and Ride, just south of I-70 at 7:30AM. Call David (410-549-7082) for information.

November 1 -- MEETING.   Local hawk bander Tom Humphrey will describe his hawk banding activities, particularly how he catches so many Cooper’s Hawks.

November 3-4 -- TOWN HILL OVERNIGHT.   We will stay at a local B&B on Saturday and visit the famous (in Maryland, anyway) Hawk Watch. This time of year is good for Northern Goshawks and Golden Eagles. For information and reservations, contact David Smith (410-549-7082).

November 10 -- SAW-WHET OWL BANDING.   This will be a night-time visit to the banding station on Lambs Knoll manned by Steve Huy to watch him catch and band migrating Saw-whet Owls. This is a reservations-only trip with a limit of 15. Please call Kathy Calvert (301-698-1298) to reserve your spot and learn the meeting place and time.

December 1 -- QUEEN ANNE’S AND KENT COUNTIES.   Mike Welch will lead a trip to look for early winter waterfowl and other birds on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay. We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Rte 75 Park and Ride near New Market. Call Mike (301-874-5828) for information.

December 6 -- CHRISTMAS DINNER AND MEETING.   David Smith will entertain us with “Birding in South Africa”. The location for this meeting will be announced at a later date. Please make reservations with and send money to Treasurer Nancy Parker before 11/27/07.

December 8 -- MOS QUARTERLY MEETING.   To be held at Blackwater NWR.

December 16 -- CATOCTIN CHRISTMAS COUNT #59.   Call Mike Welch (301-874-5828) to participate.

December 27 -- WASHINGTON COUNTY CHRISTMAS COUNT.   Contact Dave Weesner (301-432-7718) if you can help.

December 30 -- SUGARLOAF CHRISTMAS COUNT.   Contact Helen Horrocks (301-831-6315) if you can help out. Last chance to add to your 2007 list. January 3 -- MEETING.   World traveler and lister extraordinaire Hank Kaestner will again entertain us with a new chapter on “Birding Adventure in Kazakhstan”.

January 6 -- AUDREY CARROLL MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30AM. Dress warmly with waterproof boots. Call David Smith (410-549-7082) for further information.

January 13 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30AM. Dress warmly with waterproof boots. Contact Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660, rjs30@erols.com) for further information.

January 19 -- C&O CANAL MID-WINTER COUNT.   Make-up date will be Jan. 20 if the weather is bad. Contact Peter Vankevich (pvank@netacc.net) to participate.

January 27 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MID-WINTER COUNT.   Call David Smith (410-549-7082) to sign up. Tally Rally at Dave and Carol’s house.

February 7 -- MEETING.   Phil Davis, well-known Maryland birder and secretary of the records committee, will present a talk entitled “Maryland’s Next Species?” and let us know what new species we should be on the lookout for.

February 16 -- EASTERN NECK NWR AND KENT COUNTY.   Marcia Balestri will lead us around Kent County hot spots including Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in search of Ross’s Goose and other wintering birds. Meet at the Rte. 75 Park and Ride just south of I-70 at 6:30 AM. Call Marcia (301-473-5098) for information.

February 23 -- CONOWINGO DAM.   Sarel Cousins will lead us on a trip to Conowingo Dam on the Susquehana River where thousands of gulls hang out. When gull numbers are high, chances are good for a rarity to be among them. This is also a great place to see lots of Bald Eagles. Meet at the Rte. 75 Park and Ride just south of I-70 at 6:30 AM. Call Sarel (703-727-2830) for information.

March 1 -- MOS QUARTERLY MEETING.   Location to be announced.

March 6 -- MEETING.   Stauffer Miller will fill us in on his latest birding adventures, which may include visits to Mexico, West Virginia, and Turkey. He definitely gets around!

March 8 -- TIMBERDOODLES AT AUDREY CARROLL.   David Smith will lead us on a search for American Woodcocks. Meet at the Rte. 75 Park and Ride just south of I-70 at 5:30PM. Bring a flashlight. For information call David (410-549-7082).

March 15 -- BLACK HILL REGIONAL PARK.   Mike Welch will lead us on a trip to the lake at Black Hill Regional Park in Montgomery County, one of the best places for wintering waterfowl. Red-necked Grebes, Canvasbacks, and Redheads will be among the species we will be seeking. Meet at the Urbana Park & Ride (south side) at 7:30 AM. For information contact Mike (301-874-5828).

March 22 -- LIBERTY RESERVOIR AND ENVIRONS.   Bob Ringler will lead us around some of his favorite spots around Liberty Reservoir. Meet at the Rte. 75 Park and Ride just south of I-70 at 7:30 AM. For information, call Bob (410-303-2792).

April 3 -- MEETING.   Members Night. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Frederick Bird Club, we will reprise an activity that we used to do. This is a chance for members to bring in a few slides of a favorite birding activity to share with the group. Collectively, we go lots of places and do lots of interesting things, so this will be your chance to share with the group. Call Mike Welch (301-874-5828) if you would like to participate.

April 12 -- EASTERN SHORE.   Marcia Balestri will lead us around some Eastern Shore hotspots to look for early arriving warblers and lingering winter birds. Meet at the Rte. 75 Park and Ride just south of I-70 at 5:30 AM. Call Marcia (301-473-5098) for information.

April 26 -- LILYPONS BIG DAY.   Help us find as many species as possible at Frederick County’s premier birding site. You can start at any time and finish at any time. Call Mike Welch (301-874-5828) if you would like to participate.

May 1 -- MEETING.   Our own Bob Balestri has become an accomplished nature photographer. Bob will share with us some of his best work and will give us tips on how to take better pictures.

May 3 -- C & O CANAL WALK.   We will go from Point of Rocks to Lander for migrating warblers. Be sure to do your neck exercises beforehand. Meet at Baker Park at 6:30 AM. Call Kathy Calvert (301-698-1298) for further information.

May 3 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00AM. Call Dave Smith (410-549-7082) for further information.

May 4 -- AUDREY CARROLL MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00AM. Call Dave Smith (410-549-7082) for further information.

May 10 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MAY COUNT #44.   Join the crowd for our local countywide count. Contact Mike Welch (301-874-5828) to assist.

May 16-18 -- CRANE CREEK WEEKEND.   If you’ve never been to Magee Marsh in Crane Creek State Park on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, you have missed an incredible spectacle of migrating warblers. So many birds to see without breaking your neck. Lois Kauffman will lead us to this fantastic hot spot. For those wishing to venture further, this is a good jumping off point to visit the Kirtland’s Warbler breeding area in Michigan. Call Lois (301-845-6690) for more information.

May 24 -- GAMBRILL STATE PARK.   Barbara Gearhart will lead us to all the good spots in Gambrill for spring migrants and other goodies. Walking may be uphill and vigorous depending on where the warblers are. Meet at Gambrill parking lot at 8:00AM. Please call Barbara (301-473-9889) if you are coming.

May 30 - June 1 -- MOS ANNUAL CONVENTION.   This year the convention will be held in Harford County. Stay tuned for more information.

June 5 -- ANNUAL PICNIC AT LILYPONS.   Bring binoculars, a dish to share, plate, drink and utensils. We’ll meet at 6:00PM for birding and eats.

June 7 -- WESTERN MARYLAND.   Mike Welch will lead us to some hot spots in western Maryland to look for some of the local breeders, including Least and Alder Flycatchers, Golden-winged and lots of other Warblers, and Henslow’s Sparrow. Meet at the MD 66 Park and Ride just north of I-70, east of Hagerstown at 6:00 AM. Call Mike (301-874-5828) for information.

June 12 -- CHAPTER PLANNING MEETING.   Everyone please come to our 2008-2009 planning meeting and volunteer to give a program or lead a field trip. We need new ideas and suggestions. Meet at 7:00PM at Mike Welch’s house. Call Mike (301-874-5828) for information and directions.




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Faded Background: American Pipit at LilyPons, Adamstown, MD

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