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2010 - 2011 Program Year

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September 2 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Pat Caro will lead this first in our series of walks on the first Thursday of the month. This month we will go to Washington Monument State Park for warblers and early Broad-winged Hawk migrants. Meet at Baker Park by Schifferstadt at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM. For information or to sign up to lead a trip, contact Pat Caro (301-845-6246).

September 2 -- MEETING.   Our kick-off meeting for the year will feature Doug Forsell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, speaking on "The Three Most Remote Tropical National Wildlife Refuges."

September 11 -- GAMBRILL STATE PARK.   Morning trip. We'll look for fall migrants and hopefully find lots of warblers. Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).

September 18 -- FREDERICK COUNTY FALL COUNT.   This will be our 11th county-wide fall census, and you never know what might be passing through. All eyes and ears are welcome! Tally rally afterwards at Mike and Donna's house. Compiler: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

October 1-3 -- CAPE MAY WEEKEND.   Cape May can't be beat for fall migration. We will spend a fabulous weekend at this birding mecca. Leader: David Smith: (410-549-7082).

October 7 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

October 7 -- MEETING.   Our speaker will be Dave Brinker, an ecologist with the DNR, who will present his program "Maryland's Secretive Marshbirds: Will They Survive Sea Level Rise?"

October 9 -- LILYPONS.   Morning trip. This will be a joint Frederick-Montgomery bird club trip to our popular local birding hot-spot. We'll look for American Bittern, Lincoln's and Nelson's Sparrows and other fall migrants. Leader: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

October 16 -- WAGGONER’S GAP.   3/4 day trip. We will repeat our highly successful field trip to Waggoner's Gap to enjoy the view and watch for migrating raptors. Leader: Tom Humphrey (301-696-8540).

October 23 -- FALL AT AUDREY CARROLL.   Morning trip. Fall sparrows, migrants, and any number of surprises can occur at this lovely sanctuary. Leader: Pat Caro (301-845-6246).

October 25 -- POPLAR ISLAND.   Full day (Monday). This reservations-only trip will take us on a bus ride around Poplar Island, the environmental restoration project, looking for ducks and shorebirds. To reserve a spot, contact Kathy Calvert (301-698-1298).

November 4 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

November 4 -- MEETING.   MOS Records Committee chair Phil Davis will return to our club, this time to present his program on "Birding the Bering Sea."

November 6-7 -- "SOUTH POINT SPECIAL."   Repeat of last year's great private weekend trip.

November 20 -- PICKERING CREEK AUDUBON CENTER.   3/4 day trip. We will be met at the site by Les Roslund, an expert on this fine property. Waterfowl, winter wren, sparrows and other grassland birds will be our primary targets. Leader: Kathy Calvert (301-698-1298).

December 2 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

December 2 -- CHRISTMAS DINNER AND MEETING.   Our featured speaker will be George Jett presenting "A Photographic Big Year in Maryland." Dinner will be at the COZY Restaurant in Thurmont at 6:00 PM at a cost of $15.50 per person. Please make reservations with and send money to Treasurer Nancy Parker before 11/25/2010.

December 18 -- CATOCTIN CHRISTMAS COUNT #61.   Birders of all ages and levels of experience needed! Compiler: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

December 27 -- WASHINGTON COUNTY CHRISTMAS COUNT.   Our neighbors to the west always can use some extra help. Compiler: Dave Weesner (301-302-6376).

January 2 -- SUGARLOAF CHRISTMAS COUNT.   All are welcome! Compiler: Helen Horrocks (301-831-6315).

January 6 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

January 6 -- MEETING.   Our own Mike Welch will describe his recent adventures in Singapore and Indonesia.

January 9 -- AUDREY CARROLL MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30 AM. You may want your waterproof boots. Compiler: David Smith (410-549-7082.

January 16 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MID-WINTER COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:30 AM. Don't forget waterproof boots. Compiler: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660, VicePres@FrederickBirdClub.org).

January 22 -- C & O CANAL MID-WINTER COUNT.   Contact Peter Vankevich at petevankevich@gmail.com or 202-468-2871 for a stretch of the canal to cover. Each mile of the canal is counted separately. Make-up date will be Jan 23 if the weather is bad. If weather is extraordinarily bad (like winter 10), count will be run following weekend.

January 30 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MID-WINTER COUNT.   This is the last, but not least, of our winter counts! The reward afterwards is the enjoyable tally-rally at David and Carol's house. Compiler: David Smith (410-549-7082).

February 3 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

February 3 -- MEETING.   (PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TIME AND LOCATION: 7:00 pm at Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7404 Willow Road in Frederick. Call Kathy [301-698-1298] for directions if you missed her email.) Our speaker will be Kent Minichiello, conservation philosopher, photographer, and naturalist, on the "Natural History of Dolly Sods and the Canaan Valley."

February 5 -- CONOWINGO.   Half to 3/4 day trip. We will visit this extraordinary spot to see eagles and gulls, plus wintering water birds from up north. Leader: Marcia Balestri (301-473-5098).

February 19-21 -- PRESIDENTS’ WEEKEND TRIP.   There is always something unexpected on the Eastern Shore this time of year. Pack up your warmest hats and gloves and enjoy a winter birding adventure. Leader: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

March 3 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

March 3 -- MEETING.   (PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TIME AND LOCATION: 7:00 pm at Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7404 Willow Road in Frederick. Call Kathy [301-698-1298] for directions if you missed her email.) Are you feeling uncertain about your ability to help with the Maryland Herp Atlas? Come meet Scott Smith, MD DNR, State Herpetologist, and enjoy his program "All You Need to Know about Reptiles and Amphibians but Were Afraid to Ask."

March 12 -- TIMBERDOODLES at Audrey Carroll.   Evening trip. Bring a flashlight and wear waterproof boots. Leader: David Smith (410-549-7082).

March 19 -- PINEY RUN.   Half-day trip. Piney Run is one of the best places for wintering waterfowl in Carroll County. Red-necked Grebes, Canvasbacks, and Redheads will be among the species we will be seeking. Leader: Pat Caro (301-845-6246). Please contact Pat no later than Friday morning before the trip.

April 2 -- TERRAPIN PARK.   Half to 3/4 day trip. We'll visit the shorelines and wetlands of this fine park in Kent County. Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).

April 7 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

April 7 -- MEETING.   (PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TIME AND LOCATION: 7:00 pm at Frederick High School, details to follow . Call Kathy [301-698-1298] for directions if you missed her email.) Members' Night! This always-popular evening features a variety of photos, slides, and videos from our members. Please let Kathy know in advance if you want to be a presenter.

April 16 -- FORT FREDERICK / BIG POOL.   Half day. We'll head to neighboring Washington County for late wintering ducks, early spring migrants, and woodland birds along the C&O Canal. If we have time, we may side-track to Indian Springs. Leader: Kathy Calvert (301-698-1298).

April 23 -- FREDERICK COUNTY BIG DAY.   This is our third annual Big Day. Help us find as many species as possible in Frederick County in one day. The bar was set in 2009 with 134 species, so let's try to beat that. Form a team and join the competition. You can start at any time and finish at any time. Coordinator: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

April 30 -- NATIVE PLANT SALE   of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, held at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary. Please support this sale at one of our favorite and most productive birding hot spots. More information can be found at www.centralmdaudubon.org.

May 1 -- FRED ARCHIBALD MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00 AM. Coordinator: Bob Schaefer (301-831-5660, VicePres@FrederickBirdClub.org).

May 5 -- "FIRST-THURSDAY" MORNING TRIP.   Leader and destination to be announced. Meet at Baker Park by Culler Lake at 8 AM. Return at approximately 11 AM.

May 5 -- MEETING.   (PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TIME AND LOCATION: 7:00 pm at Frederick High School, details to follow . Call Kathy [301-698-1298] for directions if you missed her email.) Our own Bob Schaefer will present his original video compilation: "Nesting and Raising the Young."

May 7 -- TUCKAHOE STATE PARK.   Full day. We will visit this lovely wooded state park straddling Queen Anne's and Caroline Counties during the peak of spring migration. Leaders: Marcia Balestri (301-473-5098) and Kathy Calvert (301-698-1298).

May 8 -- AUDREY CARROLL MAY COUNT.   Meet at the Sanctuary at 6:00 AM. Coordinator: David Smith (410-549-7082).

May 14 -- FREDERICK COUNTY MAY COUNT #47.   It's peak migration so this is the most fun you can have in helping with a census. Lots of eyes and ears are needed! Compiler: Mike Welch (301-685-3561).

May 20-22 -- MOS ANNUAL CONFERENCE.   Join old friends and make new ones from throughout the state at the Wisp Resort in Garrett County. Watch The Maryland Yellowthroat for details.

June 2 -- ANNUAL PICNIC.   Our favorite spot for this event is Pine Cliff Park, where there is a lovely pavilion in the, ahem, unlikely chance of rain. Bring binoculars, a dish to share, plate, utensils and drink. We'll meet at 6:00 PM for birding and eats.

June 4 -- BATTLE CREEK CYPRESS SWAMP.   Half to 3/4 day. This 100-acre sanctuary in Calvert County offers a variety of habitat and should be especially alive with birds and bird-song this time of year. Leader: Lois Kauffman (301-845-6690).

June 9 -- CHAPTER PLANNING MEETING.   Please come with your ideas for programs or field trips. Call Kathy Calvert (301-698-1298) for information.

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