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 is 55 years young 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 Vimeo Channel.
Special meetings*. The December holiday meeting features a quiz that tests our birding skills and sense of humor. In March, we host our Social at Woodend, the Chevy Chase home of the Audubon Naturalist Society. 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. In late Spring, our families gather for good food and birding at a daytime barbecue in a County Park.
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.
* In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our activities have been modified. Outdoor activities such as bird trips and bird counts have been maintained, with necessary precautions. In-person indoor meetings have been replaced by virtual meetings on Zoom.