Fall 2016
Field Trips, Bird
Walks, & Bird Counts









Luther Goldman Birding Trail
Fran Uhler and Governor Bridge Natural Areas
Field Trips Bird Counts
Other Area Birding Trips

The Prince George's Audubon Society leads mid-week bird walks every 1st and 3rd Thursday at the Luther Goldman Birding Trail.  In the fall and winter months (Sept. - March) walks will begin at 3:00 PM, and in the spring and summer months (April - August) they will start at 6:00 PM.  Meet at the parking lot at Berwyn Road and Ballew Ave. in Berwyn Heights (see map and directions).  For beginners and experts.  Bird checklist available.  No reservations needed.  Contact Dave Mozurkewich at  mozurk@verizon.net for more information. 

Upcoming dates:

January 5 and 19, February 2 and 16, March 2 and 16 at 3 pm
April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18, and June 1 and 15 at 6 pm

PGAS-sponsored Saturday morning bird walks to two areas of Patuxent River Park co-managed by PGAS and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Fran Uhler Natural Area
Governor Bridge Natural Area
This park features mature woodlands and open water wetland that can feature migrant warblers, Barred Owls, and the occasional Yellow-crowned Night Heron. This park offers a wide variety of habitats -- mature riparian woodlands, second growth scrub, open grassy fields, and small ponds and creeks.
FUNA walks take place on the 1st Saturday of the month: GBNA walks take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month:
January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, and June 3
Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17
Meet at park entrance at 7:30 am.  No reservations needed.  For maps, directions, and trip reports from our monthly bird walks, click on Fran Uhler or Governor Bridge.  If you have questions, contact trip leader Bill Sefton at kiwisuits@msn.com or 240-603-5201.

FIELD TRIPS
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Check out the Trip Reports page for details from some of our past excursions)

All trips are free unless otherwise noted
Trips are open to members and non-members and to birders from amateur to expert
All trips require reservations with the trip leaders or other contact person as indicated
The times listed are departure times, so please arrive a little earlier
Carpools can be arranged at the meeting areas

WHEN:
Saturday-Sunday, February 11-12
WHERE: Overnight Trip to Ocean City

Those who wish to start early will meet Saturday afternoon at the Ocean City jetty where our party will be posted until dark, then convene to our hotel, the Holiday Inn at 66th St, for dinner and overnight stay. Call 410-524-1600 to make reservations there, ask for the $71 rate agreed for our group. Sunday AM we will have breakfast there and proceed to the jetty to meet any new arrivals human and avian, then go on to bird local hotspots.
WHAT:
This trip duplicates one we held last winter and proved popular. It offers a variety of birds – land and sea - not found in spring and summer, and takes advantage of off-season rates and reduction in crowds. Field leaders Marcia Watson, Jean Scarpulla, and David Mozurkewich will all assist in bird ID.
WHO:
Please contact trip organizer Fred Fallon, fwfallon@ymail.com before the end of January with your indication of interest.

WHEN:
Saturday February 25
WHERE: Local area ponds

Meet at the Bowie Park & Ride at 8 AM
WHAT:
Wintering waterfowl
WHO:
Trip leader Fred Fallon, fwfallon@ymail.com

WHEN:
Saturday, March 11
WHERE: Cash Lake at the Patuxent Research Refuge (South Tract)

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Wolf Sculpture in front of the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop.
WHAT:
We will walk around the lake for lingering waterfowl, early migrants, and whatever else may be around.
WHO:
Contact: Ken Cohen, kvulture@aol.com, 716-462-3860-c




BIRD COUNTS


Date Event
Contact
Friday, February 17 to Monday, February 17
19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). 

Free, fun, easy event.  Anyone can take part, from
beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world to count birds and create a real-time
snapshot of bird populations. Count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as you wish) on one or more days of the 4-day event.  
  
Visit the official website at     
www.birdcount.org for more information, to report your sightings online, and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share.

OTHER AREA BIRDING TRIPS



Questions or comments?  Contact the PGAS Webmaster at:  info@pgaudubon.org

last updated 1/2/2017