Montgomery Bird Club – A  Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

What are the goals of MOS and its chapters? What do we stand for?

The mission of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is to foster interaction and exchange of information among people interested in wild birds and the natural world, in order to encourage the enjoyment, study, and conservation of these birds. We, the members of the Montgomery Bird Club, a chapter of MOS, stand firm in our conviction that the love of birds and the natural world can be found in all peoples; that everyone should be able to partake freely in the enjoyment and study of birds and the natural world; and that the conservation of birds and the natural world benefits us all.

We recognize that inequities, whether socioeconomic, physical, intellectual or developmental, limit access to nature for too many people and impose a toll of environmental degradation upon too many. We resolve to do our part to address these inequities, by embracing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in the Montgomery Bird Club (and MOS) membership and activities. Only by ensuring that our organization is welcoming to all people will we achieve our goal of fostering interaction among all people interested in wild birds, nature, and their conservation.

About the Montgomery Bird Club

Do you enjoy birds and are interested in their conservation? Do you live in Montgomery County, neighboring counties or D.C.? The Montgomery Bird Club was established in 1964 and has more than 300 members, from beginner to expert birders and from teens to seniors. Why don’t you try us out?

What we offer

Several bird trips* each month from September through May, all free. They are led by people who know the birds and their habitats and enjoy sharing their knowledge. Trips are mostly local but sometimes take us to different counties or even to sites closed to the general public. During the trips we learn to find and identify birds, to observe their behavior and habitat, and to distinguish local residents from migrating birds.

An evening meeting* every month from September through May, free as well. We first enjoy meeting other members and viewing members’ bird photos. We then watch a presentation by club members or guests on bird research, conservation, travels etc. Recent presentations, for example, have taken us to Puerto Rico, Antarctica, Hawai’i, Panama and the Chesapeake Bay and have taught us a new way to identify Sparrows.  Our meetings are recorded and afterwards are accessible at our YouTube Channel.

Special meetings. The December holiday meeting features a quiz that tests our birding skills and sense of humor. In May, we host our Social at Woodend, the Chevy Chase home of Nature Forward. The setting is beautiful and the ambiance is warm and informal. We have dinner together, honor our member of the year and are treated to members’ best bird photos.

Participation in the citizen science of bird counts* The best-known counts are the Christmas Bird Counts but there are several other counts, some from your backyard or immediate neighborhood. We are currently also participating in Maryland’s third Breeding Bird Atlas (2020-2024).

Several media publications to keep members informed of all these activities and of environmental concerns touching birds and people: a quarterly newsletter, The Chat; at least two email newsletters per month; and this website. Presentations are recorded and posted on our Vimeo channel for later viewing. Finally, MBC and MOS have Facebook pages.

 

News and Events

CLUB MEETINGS

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Fall 2023 meetings:

FEBRUARY 22, 2024 (NOTE:  This is on THURSDAY), 7:30 p.m.

Cheryl Hogue presents “Creating My Own Bird Expeditions: Tucson, Big Bend, and Sax-Zim Bog”

Look for more details here just before each meeting!

OUR BIRDING ACTIVITIES

Please see our Calendar or Facebook pages for the latest on Meetings and Field Trips.

Access to WSSC adjacent land to Triadelphia Reservoir and T. Howard Duckett Reservoir: The Maryland Ornithological Society and its chapter members have permission to access WSSC adjacent land to Triadelphia Reservoir and T. Howard Duckett Reservoir from March 15, 2024 until November 20, 2024 according to the stipulations described here.

Youth Walks: The Montgomery Bird Club is initiating a separate program of guided bird walks for young people (with a parent of each youth). Please check our Calendar to look for these mentored walks.

MOS Volunteer Opportunity with Maryland Ornithological Society Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion ! Looking for new members as we embark on a 3 year strategic plan to help increase the diversity of MOS membership, build partnerships with other organizations, and expand our educational and outreach programs.  For more information contact: Ross Geredien at [email protected] or 610-850-5035

Note on COVID19 precautions: MBC continues to recommend full vaccination and booster shots. Wear a mask if it makes you feel more comfortable. Also, please follow any current CDC recommendations for this or other respiratory illnesses.


BIRDS & THE ENVIRONMENT

Analysis – See how bird populations are declining in the United States, city by city – Washington Post.  The article can be found here.

How Christian Cooper turned one of the worst days of his life into a megaphone for inclusion and the joy of birding. The article can be found here.

Rex Brasher – Artist.  An article about Rex Brasher an artist who paints various birds.  The article can be found here.

Bird Anatomy. Test your knowledge and learn more about bird anatomy in this fun interactive page from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

News and Events

CLUB MEETINGS

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Fall 2023 meetings:

FEBRUARY 22, 2024 (NOTE:  This is on THURSDAY), 7:30 p.m.

Cheryl Hogue presents “Creating My Own Bird Expeditions: Tucson, Big Bend, and Sax-Zim Bog”

Look for more details here just before each meeting!

OUR BIRDING ACTIVITIES

Please see our Calendar or Facebook pages for the latest on Meetings and Field Trips.

Access to WSSC adjacent land to Triadelphia Reservoir and T. Howard Duckett Reservoir: The Maryland Ornithological Society and its chapter members have permission to access WSSC adjacent land to Triadelphia Reservoir and T. Howard Duckett Reservoir from March 15, 2024 until November 20, 2024 according to the stipulations described here.

      Youth Walks: The Montgomery Bird Club is initiating a separate program of guided bird walks for young people (with a parent of each youth). Please           check our Calendar to look for these mentored walks.

      MOS Volunteer Opportunity with Maryland Ornithological Society Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion ! Looking for new members as we             embark on a 3 year strategic plan to help increase the diversity of MOS membership, build partnerships with other organizations, and expand our                   educational and outreach programs.  For more information contact: Ross Geredien at [email protected] or 610-850-5035

Note on COVID19 precautions: MBC continues to recommend full vaccination and booster shots. Wear a mask if it makes you feel more comfortable.             Please follow any current CDC recommendations for this or other respiratory illnesses.


BIRDS & THE ENVIRONMENT

Analysis – See how bird populations are declining in the United States, city by city – Washington Post.  The article can be found here.

How Christian Cooper turned one of the worst days of his life into a megaphone for inclusion and the joy of birding. The article can be found here.

Rex Brasher – Artist.  An article about Rex Brasher an artist who paints various birds.  The article can be found here.

Bird Anatomy. Test your knowledge and learn more about bird anatomy in this fun interactive page from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Who’s Who?

ELECTED OFFICERS

President: Scott Young
Vice-President: Emily Huang
Treasurer: Lisa Norwalk
Secretary: Karen Cyr
Past President: Evelyn Ralston

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Field Trips: Linda Friedland
Membership: Moira Davenport
Conservation: Gail Mackiernan

WEBMASTER

Ed Vigezzi

STATE DIRECTORS

Mark England
Jim Ivett
Janet Millenson
Cheryl Hogue
Ed Vigezzi

CHAPTER DIRECTORS

Josephine Cox
Francesca Grifo
Roy Howard
Brooke Levey

NEWSLETTER

Editor:  Stella Tea
Designer:  Pam Oves