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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!