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This is a list of upcoming birding field trips and Club meetings. New Club members, new birders, and guests are cordially welcome on every field trip. If you have any questions about a specific field trip, please contact the trip leader or contact MBC Trip Coordinator Linda Friedland at 301.983.2136 (before 9 pm). For directions to the Potomac Presbyterian Church for Club meetings, click here.

Trip - Sunday, April 08 Hughes Hollow and Vicinity Half day. We will explore the wetlands of Hughes Hollow and Sycamore Landing. Species to be expected include Red-headed Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, and many other marsh dwellers. A chance for several warblers including Prothonotary. Meet at Hughes Hollow parking lot in the McKee-Beshers WMA at 7 a.m. Reservations are not required, but please contact the leader if you are planning to come so he can provide additional information before the trip. LEADER: Jim Nelson, or 240-515-4517 (cell).

Trip - Sunday, April 15 Occoquan Bay NWR Half day. Explore the diverse habitats in this one-square-mile refuge at the confluence of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers in Woodbridge, Virginia. A variety of raptors and migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers should be present, and rails and bitterns are possibilities. Meet at the parking lot in the center of the refuge at 7:30 a.m. Reservations required. Limit: 25. LEADERS: Mike Bowen, 301-530-5764 or, and Gerry Hawkins, 571-277-8406 or Directions: From Maryland, take Rt. 495 south to I-95 south, LEFT Exit 161 (Woodbridge), follow Rt. 1 south, cross the Occoquan River, turn left at the light onto Dawson Beach Rd. and follow this road to the end.

Meeting - Wednesday, April 18 Mike Hudson and the Red Knot Just in time for the Northward migration, Mike Hudson will be bringing us to speed about the Red Knot story. Mike Hudson is currently a senior at Washington College, were he is studying Biology and English. In April 2017, he was appointed an editor of North American Birds, the American Birding Association's journal on bird status and distribution. When not in class or working on NAB content, he works as an intern bird bander at the Chester River Field Research Station, where he has been for seven consecutive seasons.

Trip - Saturday, April 21 Blue Mash Nature Trail/Oaks Landfill Half day. Interesting walk at these adjacent and surprisingly birdy sites in Montgomery County. Waterproof boots helpful at Blue Mash, but not needed at the landfill. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Zion Road parking lot. Call leader for reservations and directions. Trip is limited to 8-10 participants. LEADER: Mark England, 240-375-4500 (cell) or

Trip - Sunday, April 22 Hugh Mahanes Presidents' Walk at Hughes: Hughes Hollow Half day. Participation of all former Chapter Presidents is encouraged, and everyone is welcome. This is a wonderful chance for newer birders to be in the field with “old hands” who enjoy sharing what they know. With a variety of habitats, Hughes Hollow is always interesting in spring. We will look for water birds on the move and early songbird migrants. Possible birds include Purple Finches, Blue-winged Teal, swallows, and maybe even an American Bittern. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Hughes Hollow parking lot. Reservations required. For more information, directions, and reservations contact the LEADER: Clive Harris,

Trip - Friday, May 04 Birding by Ear at Hughes Hollow Tune up your ears as we listen for and learn to identify the songs and calls of migrant and local breeding birds. The trip will be geared to new birders but all are welcome. Meet at 7 am at the parking lot at Hughes Hollow. Limit 10. Reservations required. For more information email the leader Paul Woodward at grackling@ATT.NET

Trip - Sunday, May 06 Izaak Walton League, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter, Conservation Farm Half day. Once again, the B-CC Chapter is generously providing us access to this large private property south of Poolesville. Woods, hedgerows, streams, fields, and ponds provide a wide range of bird habitats, and migration should be well underway. Trip will start at 7 a.m. at the League’s Chapterhouse. Reservations required, limit 12. Driving directions will be provided to those who make reservations. For reservations and more information, contact the LEADER Jim Nelson at or 240-515-4517.

Trip - Sunday, May 13 Rock Creek Park, DC Near peak time for migrant warblers, vireos, etc. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at Picnic Area #18, one-half mile below the Nature Center on Ridge Road. Reservations required. Call the leader for more information or specific directions. LEADER: Wallace Kornack (202) 338-7859

Meeting - Wednesday, May 16 Gail Mackiernan on Madagascar Gail Mackiernan will, finally, give her highly anticipated program on Madagascar. Madagascar is the world’s fourth-largest island and is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent”. Its unique fauna and flora have evolved during millions of years of isolation and are a “naturalist’s dream.” Over 140 endemic species of birds (and five endemic bird families!) are found here, as well as a fascinating supporting cast of lemurs, chameleons, frogs, weird insects and even stranger plants. Gail Mackiernan will talk about her November 2015 trip, which explored this ancient land from south to north and recorded many of the island’s most sought-after species.

Trip - Saturday, June 02 Old Legislative Road, Allegany County This is a great spot for Henslow's Sparrow and Golden-winged Warbler, both state-rare breeding species. We'll also spend time birding along other country roads for Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, and more. Meet at the Urbana Park and Ride at 7:00 AM. LIMIT: 10. Contact Gemma Radko: 301-514-2894 or to sign up.

Meeting - Saturday, June 09 Annual Picnic For the third year we will be having our picnic at Black Hills Regional Park, shelter H. Starting at 5 PM we will have hot dogs, hamburgers and the fixings! Plus whatever you want to bring to share. Last year we had a exceptional lot of goodies, lots of different types of salad and sweets. Put us on your calendar, there will be birding afterwards around the same area where we do the Annual Big Sit.

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