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Archive for October, 2022

Amazing birds of Cuba!

Photo by Jim Frazee

Have you ever wanted to go birding in Cuba – home to more than 370 bird species? 

We invite you to join Southern Maryland Audubon Wed., Nov. 2 when bird conservationist Paul Baicich will take us on a virtual tour of the fascinating birds of Cuba – 27 of which are endemic to the island. Noted co-author of numerous books and co-editor of the popular monthly Birding Community E-Bulletin, Paul also will discuss bird conservation, education and eco-tourism trends in Cuba.

The presentation is free and open to all. To receive the link to join, you need to sign up for our “Osprey” newsletter. Please go to the bottom of this homepage to find the sign-up. We will email you the ZOOM link to join the lecture several days prior, as well as the day of the lecture.

Tracking the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Photo by Nick Stoff, Penn State

Don’t let the pretty wings fool you! This is a Spotted Lanternfly, originally from China, and it poses great threats to our trees and fruit crops. Learn all about it in our monthly webinar recording!

In this edition, entomologist Kenton Sumpter of the Maryland Department of Agriculture shares details of how scientists are tracking and trying to slow the spread of this invasive insect and what you should do if you find it on your trees or agricultural crops.

Did you know Southern Maryland Audubon records our Zoom lectures? Check out links to all our presentations at program-archive/.

From “The Secret Lives of Northern Cardinals” to “Mystical Monarchs” to “Winter Sowing for Birds and Beauty,” we’ve got a big selection of fun and informative webinars.

And each month we add a new recording from our live Zoom lectures held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of most months. The public is always invited to attend those presentations free of charge. Just sign up for our Osprey newsletter at the bottom of this page and you’ll get emails with info about all our events.

New “Osprey” Newsletter Is Here

Photo by Mark Hainen

What’s the winter finch forecast? Check out the new edition of our Osprey newsletter to learn how the natural food supplies of your favorite finches will affect their appearances at your feeders this winter.

The handsome Evening Grosbeak may be moving farther south than usual because of outbreaks of spruce budworm in Ontario and Quebec that are depleting their favorite food source. If you are looking to attract them to your yard, they prefer black oil sunflower seeds on platform feeders. We also have the forecasts and feeder preferences for the Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, and many others. In this edition you can also explore the latest technology for tracking bird migrations, the exciting activities of our Southern Maryland Youth Birders, and the field trips and special presentations we’re hosting throughout the fall.

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