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Archive for October, 2021

Book Family Photos and Help SMAS

Photographer Jessica Grimm is partnering with the Southern Maryland Audubon Society (SMAS) for our fall fundraiser! Together we are offering Fall Mini Photo Sessions at beautiful Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, Maryland! (Leashed pets are welcome.)

Make your appointment for November 6, 2021 using the link below. Within two weeks, you will receive 10 digital images, suitable for your holiday greetings!

Greenwell State Park
25420 Rosedale Manor Lane
Hollywood MD 20636

November 6, 2021
15 minute session
includes 10 digital images

Book your session using this link:…/6161caa2d447a4…/schedule.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SMAS to support our work! SMAS’s mission is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and protection of birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats. Learn more about SMAS at

SMAS Enters Scarecrow Festival

Southern Maryland Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited of La Plata partnered with Keep La Plata Beautiful to build a surprising entry for the town’s Scarecrow Festival and contest.

Left to Right: Kelly Phipps (Town of La Plata), Maureen Mars (Keep La Plata Beautiful), and Tracey Stuller and Lynne Wheeler (both of SMAS) built our Crow Greeter!

Our team celebrates La Plata’s designation as the first Bird City in the state of Maryland! Instead of discouraging birds, our “Crow Greeter” enjoys the birds surrounding it. It even sports a Baltimore Orioles sweatshirt and a pair of binoculars! The “All Birds Welcome” sign tells the tale. Next time you’re wandering through La Plata, check it out in front of the Town Hall.

Between October 7 and 23, please vote for us in the Best Town Spirit category! Vote online at the Scarecrow Festival page at or in various businesses downtown. Winners will be announced by October 27 on the Town of La Plata’s website and Facebook page.

La Plata proclaimed the Purple Martin its town bird in 2020. Look for them in spring and summer near the Purple Martin bird houses by the Train Station Museum and La Plata Mill. Their acrobatic hunt for insects is a joy to watch!