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Archive for February, 2024

Winter birds at Pax River Airfield Field Trip

Short-eared Owl by Terri Shaddock

March 9 – SATURDAY – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Field Trip Patuxent River Naval Air Station, St. Mary’s County 21866 Cedar Point, Bldg. 2189, NAS Patuxent River, MD 20670. Gate #2 “WINTER BIRDS AND TUNDRA SPECIALISTS AT PAX RIVER AIRFIELD”

Leader: Dean Newman

We are fortunate to have access to sections of the Navy base fronting on the confluence of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay, which hosts airfields that provide tundra-like habitat. Previous trips have turned up winter birds such as Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspurs, Short-eared Owls, Horned Larks, Savannah Sparrows, Wilson’s Snipe and Peregrine Falcon. Preregistration is required and open to U.S. citizens only. Must bring photo ID. Meet at pass office parking lot, Gate #2. We will be escorted and traveling together in a van; participant size is limited to 13. No restrooms.Preregister to Dean Newman at deannewman03@gmail.com 

Protecting birds from window crashes

Window collision victims by Luke Franke

Monthly ZOOM presentation 7-8 pm Wednesday, March 6.

An estimated 1 billion birds die every year in window collisions. Dr. Mark Southerland, director of Safe Skies Maryland, will provide solutions for how you can stop bird collisions with your home windows, as well as how you can get involved in community efforts to equip public buildings with bird-safe windows.
Dr. Southerland earned a PhD in ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and works as an environmental consultant supporting the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He also leads the legislative program of Safe Skies Maryland campaign for bird safe buildings laws at county, city and state levels.
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