Southern Maryland Audubon Society (SMAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society (NAS) and is the largest citizen group involved in nature study and natural resource conservation issues in the counties of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and southern Prince George’s. SMAS was founded in 1971 and was chartered by NAS in 1972. SMAS is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Maryland, and its activities are financed by memberships and fundraising activities. It operates under the provisions of an approved constitution; members elect volunteer directors and officers to conduct the society’s business.
Our focus on education and environmental advocacy takes several forms. First we have a robust calendar of free meetings and field trips. We also sponsor scholarships that send local teachers and youths to National Audubon’s environmental camp in Hog Island, Maine. The SMAS Raptor Conservation Committee places and monitors nest boxes and platforms for Osprey, Barn Owls, and Kestrels while also conducting educational programs and research. Our Youth Outreach volunteers offer classes to home schoolers, 4-H groups, and others. Our Conservation team works with many other groups to advocate for healthy habitats for people, birds, and all wildlife. In concert with many partners, we also focus on educating local citizens about how to create Bird-friendly Habitats in their communities and around their homes. For example, we recently partnered with the Town of La Plata, the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership, Port Tobacco River Conservancy, and the Conservancy for Charles County to finalize the Town’s designation as the very first Bird City in the state of Maryland.
Free monthly meetings are held from September through June, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. These meetings are publicized in advance, open to the general public, and feature a guest speaker or film addressing nature and conservation.
Field trips, virtually all of them free, take place on weekends throughout the year and are led by experienced members. Special youth outings are also featured. If you are a new birder, we strongly recommend joining our trips because they really are the best way to learn. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome!
An Annual Meeting for election of officers is usually held on the first Sunday in June. The program includes a potluck lunch, election, and an afternoon bird walk. The location rotates each year among the four counties. Members are encouraged to bring guests.
Please see our Calendar of Events for a full listing of current trips and meetings.