Baltimore Bird Club Activities: 2017-18

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AUGUST 2017

AUG 3 (Thu) 6:30-8:30 p.m. EVENING CANOE BIRDING TRIP AT DAYS COVE. Explore the scenic Days Cove area by canoe and experience the marshlands as they come alive with wildlife activity in the dusk. Possible birds include Purple Martins, Marsh Wrens, Common Yellowthroats, Blue Grosbeaks, Virginia Rails and both Orioles Individuals must be at least 12 years old to participate in this 2-2.5 mile paddle. This area is not normally open to the public. This event is cancelled if inclement weather. Cost is $10 per person. Leader: Kevin Graff. Pre-registration is required - contact Nancy O'Hara or call (443)-286-0922Call: (443)-286-0922. Participation is limited to 25 people and deadline for registering is July 27, 2017.
*Directions: Days Cove is located at the end of Days Cove Rd, off Rt. 40 in White Marsh, MD. From Beltway northeast side of town, take exit 35 and go 6.8 miles north on US-40 Pulaski Highway (2.7 miles north of White Marsh Blvd, 1/4 mile north of Allender Road), right onto Days Cove Road. Drive to end, past the refuse center and the split for the reclamation center, keep left and travel down the gravel road. There is a "Days Cove Environmental Education Center" sign out front.

AUG 13 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER. Easy half-day walk through varied habitats for feeder birds and other songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl. Half-mile trail leads to point overlooking Dundee Creek. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410-686-7294Call: 410-686-7294 or .
*Directions: From Beltway take exit 36, Route 702. Take 2nd exit, Chase/Eastern Blvd, route 150 east (left). Go 6 miles. Turn right at Marshy Point sign. Go 1/2 mile, turn left to get to Nature Center parking lot.

AUG 23 (Wed) 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY EVENING WALK AT FORT McHENRY. Part of a series of evening bird walks at the Fort and wetland. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in inclement weather. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Joe Supik, 443 417-5015.
*Directions to to Ft. McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street exit 55, McComas Street (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound) east, north (left) on Key Hwy which turns west, first left Lawrence St, left (east) on Fort Ave, continue east to gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St Paul St exit, south on St Paul becomes Light St, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end as above. Park at the lot on left hand side (Wallace St).

AUG 26 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. PATTERSON PARK. Come see what birding action abounds amid the varied habitats of this green oasis in the middle of Baltimore. For questions or to borrow binoculars for the walk, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473Call: 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto S. Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of S. Patterson Park Ave and Lombard Street.

AUG 27 (Sun) 8:15 am NORTH POINT STATE PARK. Meet in the parking lot just after the toll booth. There is a fee of $3 per car to enter the park. We will walk down the path to Black Marsh Wildlands, a great spot for various wetland birds, raptors, warblers and flycatchers. The woods around the Black Marsh area host woodpeckers, warblers and vireos, and we can head to the bayfront to check for terns. Scopes useful. Path tends to be muddy, and don't forget your bug spray. Leader: Peter Lev, , or 410 823-2962.
*Directions to North Point State Park: From Beltway take Exit 42, North Point Boulevard toward Sparrows Point. Make an immediate left onto Bethlehem Road, and keep right onto North Point Road. Go through the town of Edgemere and keep going, past Millers Island Road, until you see the signs for North Point State Park on the left. Go in the entrance, parking will be on left after toll kiosk ($4 per car).

AUG 29 (Tue) 8:00 am CROMWELL VALLEY PARK. First in a series of weekly Tuesday morning walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Tuesday walks will be held at Cromwell in the fall, and at Lake Roland in the spring. This park has variety of habitats including fields, stream-side woods and hillside forest. Expect a variety of migrant and resident birds. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Debbie Terry, or 443 578-8243.
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the “Willow Grove Farm” entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

AUG 30 (Wed) 6:00-8:00 pm WEDNESDAY EVENING WALK AT FORT McHENRY. Part of a series of evening bird walks at the Fort and wetland. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in inclement weather. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Joe Supik, 443 417-5015.
*Directions to to Ft. McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street exit 55, McComas Street (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound) east, north (left) on Key Hwy which turns west, first left Lawrence St, left (east) on Fort Ave, continue east to gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St Paul St exit, south on St Paul becomes Light St, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end as above. Park at the lot on left hand side (Wallace St).

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SEPTEMBER 2017

SEP 5 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Continuing a series of casual fall walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Marty Brazeau, 410 440-1128 or .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

SEP 5 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. TUESDAY EVENING AT CYLBURN First in a series of monthly feature presentations and slide shows on the first Tuesday of each month except December, January and February. Tonight: Jim Meyers on "Fall Hawk Migration in Baltimore." Jim Meyers is Coordinator of the Fall Hawkwatch at Cromwell Valley Park. Cromwell has become one of the premier hawk-watching sites in the Mid-Atlantic States; it is particularly notable for high counts of Broad-winged Hawks. Doors open at 7:00 pm for socializing and snacks, lecture starts about 7:20 pm. See directions at the end of this booklet.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

SEP 6 (Wed) 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon FIRST WEDNESDAY WALK AT FORT McHENRY One of a series of morning surveys of bird activity at the Fort and wetland. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in inclement weather. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410 665-0769.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

SEP 6 (Wed) 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY EVENING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Part of a series of evening bird walks at the Fort and wetland. Telescope may be useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Meet outside of park front gates and park at lot on left hand side. Leader Joe Supik, 443 417-5015.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

SEP 9 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. YOUTH BIRDING AT CROMWELL VALLEY PARK, WILLOW GROVE Meet at the Nature Education Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road (the second entrance off Cromwell Bridge Road). We begin the season at one of the best birding areas near Baltimore. We'll look for all sorts of sparrows, warblers, flycatchers and various other migrants, along with lingering summer residents. Past years have been so impressive that there's simply no telling what we'll find. Start learning how to identify all those confusing fall birds! Beginning birders welcome. Leader: John Robinson, 443 810-9059 (cell), 410 483-6620 (home) or .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

SEP 9 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. SOLDIERS DELIGHT An easy 2.3 mile hike through deciduous woods, conifers, and open grasslands. We expect to see a wide variety of migrating and resident birds including warblers, sparrows, hawks, etc. All experience levels welcome. Meet at the visitor center at 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills, MD. Leader: Sarah Luttrell, or 614 352-7718.
*Directions to Soldiers Delight: From I-695 Beltway take Exit 18 Liberty Road west 4 miles. Bear right onto Deer Park Road just before traffic light and water tower. Go approximately 2 miles to Visitor Center driveway on your left.

SEP 10 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. QUARRY LAKE Popular and scenic birding location with level, often paved, pathways with excellent views down (not up!) into the treetops surrounding Quarry Lake. We should see songbirds, raptors, and even a few shorebirds. Meet at the benches where the 3 flags are flying on Quarry Lake Drive. Cancelled if raining. Leader: John Dennehy, 410 653-5214 or .
*Directions to Quarry Lake: Quarry Lake is located off Greenspring Avenue about half way between Smith Avenue and Old Court Road. If coming from Baltimore BeltwayI-695, get off at Exit 22, Greenspring Avenue. At the light, turn left (south) onto Greenspring Avenue, and proceed half a mile. Turn right at the light at Quarry Lake Drive, and proceed .3 mi to the 3-flag display. Turn right into Travertine Drive and park in the lots to the left or right. Walk back to the flags to start the walk.

SEP 10 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER Easy half-day walk through varied habitats for feeder birds and other songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl. Half-mile trail leads to point overlooking Dundee Creek. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410 686-7294 or .
*Directions to Marshy Point Nature Center: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 36, Route 702. Take 2nd exit, Chase/Eastern Boulevard, Route 150 east. Go 6 miles. Turn right at Marshy Point sign. Go 1/2 mile, turn left into Nature Center parking lot.

SEP 12 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Continuing a series of casual fall walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: John Landers, 410 292-9549 or
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

SEP 12 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. BBC BOARD MEETING While only authorized Board members have a vote, any Club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. Call any club officer or board member for details. Held at the Cylburn Greenhouse Classroom.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

SEP 13 (Wed) 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY EVENING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Part of a series of evening bird walks at the Fort and wetland. Telescope may be useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader Joe Supik, 443 417-5015.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

SEP 16 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. HAWKS AT CROMWELL VALLEY PARK One hour bird walk leaves from the Willow Grove parking lot, followed by hawk watch on the hill. Bring a folding chair, water and sunblock for a morning's hawk watch. Good chance to see Broad-wings and several other hawk species. Leader: Jim Meyers, .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

SEP 17 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. GWYNNS FALLS/LEAKIN PARK Please join us for a bird walk at the height of fall migration in a 1,200 acre wilderness park in west Baltimore City. The park contains mature and secondary forest as well as riparian habitats and some limited field habitat. Meet at the Winans Meadows parking lot, on north side of Franklintown Road. Leaders: Elise and Paul Kreiss, 410 367-8194, , .
*Directions to Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 16 Route I-70 towards Baltimore to end - just before the very end, take the ramp on the right, which will loop around onto Security Boulevard. Take a right at the first light onto Forest Park, then right onto Franklintown Road. Go about 1.4 miles. The parking lot entrance will be on your left.

SEP 17 (Sun) 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. CHIMNEY SWIFTS AT DUSK The swifts have returned again to the Bookbindery Chimney in Hampden, so that is where we will hold the watch again this fall! If cloudy or a drizzle, come a half hour early. Cancelled if raining. Binoculars useful but not necessary. Hope to see you there! Leader: Joan Cwi, 410 467-5352 or and Alice Nelson, 410 499-0546 or .
*Directions to Hampden: From I-83, take the Cold Spring exit headed east to Keswick Road (about 5 lights). Turn right and take Keswick 1.3 miles to 33rd Street. Turn right on 33rd Street, then left on Elm Street. Follow Elm Street to the end where it curves to the left and park in the Mill Center parking lot. Then walk back up to the Bookbindery-across from the chain link fence. If using GPS, search for 3100 Elm Avenue.

SEP 19 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Continuing a series of casual fall walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410-665-0769.
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

SEP 23 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. DRUID HILL PARK Join Audubon and the Maryland Zoo to explore this leafy city park! From forest to lake, a variety of bird species await. Meet at 3001 East Drive to start the walk. To borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Druid Hill Park: From I-83 take Exit 7 toward Druid Park/Lake Drive. Keep left at the fork and merge onto W. 28th Street. Turn left on Sisson Street, then left onto Wyman Park Drive. Wyman Park turns slightly right and becomes East Drive. Turn right into parking lot for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks building, 3001 East Drive.

SEP 23 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY MORNING MONITORING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Continuing survey of bird activity at the Fort. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Wendy Alexander, 443 204-3754 or .
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

SEP 24 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. STONY RUN An easy morning walk along Stony Run, an urban stream in Baltimore City. We expect to see a diversity of bird life, including warblers and other migrants plus local residents such as Belted Kingfisher. Sponsored by Friends of Stony Run. We will meet at the Stony Run trailhead at the corner of Wyndhurst Avenue and Wilmslow Road. Leaders: Alice Nelson, 410 499-0546 or , and Claire Wayner, 410 499-1182 or .
*Directions to Stony Run: From Roland Avenue headed north, turn right onto Wyndhurst Avenue. The meeting location is at the bottom of the hill on the south side of Wyndhurst Avenue. Limited street parking is available along Wyndhurst Avenue, Wilmslow Avenue (please note that it is one-way and will require cutting through the neighborhood), and Lawndale Avenue. For questions on parking or directions, please email the leaders.

SEP 24 (Sun) 8:15 a.m. CYLBURN WALK Meet at the main Vollmer Center parking lot for easy birding in Cylburn's gardens and urban forest. Expect to find a variety of migrant and resident birds. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Mark Linardi, 443 834-8413 or .
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area.

SEP 26 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Continuing a series of casual fall walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Ron Davis, 410 821-1297 or .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

SEP 30 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. PATTERSON PARK Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore. With more than 205 species on record, the park is full of surprises. Meet at the fountain, near intersection of E. Lombard Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue For directions or to borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Patterson Park: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto South Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of South Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.

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OCTOBER 2017

OCT 1 (Sun) 8:30 a.m. HASHAWHA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER A new trip for BBC. This 320-acre Carroll County Park is a good spot for migrating songbirds. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot. Leader: Bob Ringler, .
*Directions to Hashawha: From I-695 Baltimore Beltway, take I-795 Northwest Expressway toward Reisterstown/Owings Mills. Continue onto MD-140 N and go 12 miles. Exit onto MD-97 N Littlestown Pike toward Union Mills. After 3 miles, turn right on John Owings Road Turn left on Hashawha Road. Bear Branch Nature Center parking lot will be on right.

OCT 3 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Continuing a series of casual fall walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Michael Bradley, 410 977-4695 or .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

OCT 3 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. TUESDAY EVENING AT CYLBURN Continuing a series of monthly feature presentations and slide shows on the first Tuesday of each month except December and February. Tonight: David Curson on "Land Use Policy and Bird Conservation." David Curson, Ph.D. is director of bird conservation at Audubon Maryland-DC. Since 2004 he has overseen the Maryland-DC Important Bird Areas Program and implemented conservation projects for birds and their habitats in Maryland and DC. Doors open at 7:00 pm for socializing and snacks, presentation starts about 7:15 pm. See directions at the end of this booklet.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

OCT 4 (Wed) 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon FIRST WEDNESDAY WALKS AT FORT McHENRY Continuing survey of bird activity at the Fort and wetland. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410 665-0769.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

OCT 6 (Fri) 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. ART EXHIBIT OPENING: BIRDLAND AND THE ANTHROPOCENE In this group show at The Peale Center, curator Lynne Parks invites us to consider how the Anthropocene, the new geological era dominated by human activity, affects bird life. Scientists estimate that fifty percent of birds in the United States are imperiled and could disappear within a century. Parks and the other featured artists consider extinction, endangered species and the postnatural (organisms that have been intentionally altered by humans). They employ mixed media and ask a wide range of questions. Opening night at The Peale, 225 N. Holliday Street in downtown Baltimore. Show continues through Oct. 29. See http://www.thepealecenter.org/birdland-and-the-anthropocene/ for hours, special events and additional information.
*Directions to Peale Center/Peale Museum: From the north: Take I-83 S. and exit from the left lane onto Pleasant Street. Keep left at the fork to continue onto Holliday Street. Destination will be on left.From Baltimore Inner Harbor: Head east on E. Pratt Street and turn left on South Street. Continue onto Guilford Avenue Turn right onto E. Lexington Street. Turn left onto Holliday Street.

OCT 8 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER Easy half-day walk through varied habitats for feeder birds and other songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl. Half-mile trail leads to point overlooking Dundee Creek. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410 686-7294 or .
*Directions to Marshy Point Nature Center: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 36, Route 702. Take 2nd exit, Chase/Eastern Boulevard, Route 150 east. Go 6 miles. Turn right at Marshy Point sign. Go 1/2 mile, turn left into Nature Center parking lot.

OCT 10 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Continuing a series of casual fall walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410 665-0769.
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

OCT 10 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. BBC BOARD MEETING While only authorized Board members have a vote, any Club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. Call any club officer or board member for details. Held at the Cylburn Greenhouse Classroom.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

OCT 14 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. YOUTH BIRDING AT IRVINE Meet at the Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills. The easy trails wind through woods and fields, and we'll be looking for late fall migrants, especially sparrows, but a variety of warblers and vireos are possible, in addition to rails and snipe. The visitor center has a number of good displays, and there are several hawks and owls in the aviary outside. Leader: John Robinson, 443 810-9059 (cell), 410 483-6620 (home), .
*Directions to Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills: From Beltway I-695 take Exit 20 for Reisterstown Rd, MD-140 north toward Garrison. Turn right onto Greenspring Valley Road . Turn left onto Garrison Forest Road and go 2.1 miles. Driveway to Irvine is on the right.

OCT 14 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. JUG BAY WETLANDS, ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY. This trip has been canceled; we apologize for the inconveience.

OCT 15 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. OREGON RIDGE AND AGRICULTURE CENTER Oregon Ridge is a good spot in October for warblers, thrushes, kinglets and other passerines. The Center for Maryland Agriculture, just across Shawan Road, has a variety of open habitats; we'll look here for sparrows, meadowlark, killdeer, etc. Meet at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road. Leader: Simon Best, .
*Directions to Oregon Ridge Park: From Beltway take I-83 North to Exit 20B (Shawan Road West). Follow Shawan Road to the first light, Beaver Dam Road, and turn left. Immediately after making the left onto Beaver Dam Road, there will be a fork in the road. Take the right fork. Follow the driveway up to the parking lot, and meet at the Nature Center, located a short walk up the rest of the driveway, at the top of the hill.

OCT 17 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Continuing a series of weekly Tuesday morning walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leader: Joe Corcoran, 443 831-1811 or .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

OCT 20 (Fri) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. DRUID HILL PARK Join Audubon and the Maryland Zoo to explore this leafy city park! From forest to lake, a variety of bird species await. Meet at 3001 East Drive to start the walk. To borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Druid Hill Park: From I-83 take Exit 7 toward Druid Park/Lake Drive. Keep left at the fork and merge onto W. 28th Street. Turn left on Sisson Street, then left onto Wyman Park Drive. Wyman Park turns slightly right and becomes East Drive. Turn right into parking lot for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks building, 3001 East Drive.

OCT 21 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY MONITORING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Continuing survey of bird activity at the Fort. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Park outside the main entrance gate, in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Ray Kandt, 336 906-0241.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

OCT 24 (Tue) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK Last in a series of weekly Tuesday morning walks to follow the progress of fall migration. Beginning birders welcome. Leaders: Debbie and Lou Taylor, .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

OCT 28 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. NORTHAMPTON FURNACE TRAIL 1-mile level trail through woods to water overlooks. Possible muddy spots, boots recommended. Telescopes might be useful for waterfowl. We expect to see sparrows, waterfowl, kinglets and perhaps Purple Finch. Leader: Kevin Graff, .
*Directions to Northampton Furnace Trail (Loch Raven watershed). From Baltimore Beltway I-695 take exit 27, Dulaney Valley Road north. Go 2.2 miles and park across from Chapelwood Lane, where we will meet. If full, park on Chapelwood Lane:

OCT 28 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. PATTERSON PARK Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore. With more than 205 species on record, the park is full of surprises. Meet at the fountain, near intersection of E. Lombard Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue. For directions or to borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Patterson Park: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto South Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of South Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.

OCT 29 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. CROMWELL VALLEY PARK For sparrows, raptors, and lingering migrant songbirds. Cromwell is a great spot for fall migration. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410 686-7294 or .
*Directions to Cromwell Valley Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 inner loop (eastbound) take Exit 29A Cromwell Bridge Road. At end of entrance ramp, turn left (north) onto Cromwell Bridge Road. From Beltway outer loop (westbound) take Exit 29 ramp down to Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left (north). Once on Cromwell, continue 1.4 miles beyond the light, turn left at the "Willow Grove Farm" entrance. Follow entrance road, cross a small bridge, and park in lot on left.

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NOVEMBER 2017

NOV 1 (Wed) 8:00 a.m. FIRST WEDNESDAY WALKS AT FORT McHENRY Continuing a series of monthly morning surveys of bird activity at the Fort and wetland. Telescope can be useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Meet outside of park front gates and park at lot on left hand side. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410 665-0769.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

NOV 5 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. IRVINE NATURE CENTER A great spot for sparrows, raptors and other birds of this transitional season. Leaders: Tina Snyder, 443 204-7590 or and Peter Lev, 410 823-2962 or .
*Directions to Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills: From Beltway I-695 take Exit 20 for Reisterstown Rd, MD-140 north toward Garrison. Turn right onto Greenspring Valley Road . Turn left onto Garrison Forest Road and go 2.1 miles. Driveway to Irvine is on the right.

NOV 7 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. TUESDAY EVENING AT CYLBURN Continuing a series of monthly feature presentations and slide shows on the first Tuesday of each month except December and February. Tonight: Bill Bitman on "Photographing Birds in Flight." William Bitman is a Baltimore-based photographer who expresses his love of nature through wildlife portraits, wildlife action photographs, and sweeping landscape images. A number of Bill's images have appeared in the Baltimore Sun newspaper, the Smithsonian Zoogoer magazine, and the National Zoo's yearly calendar. Bill published an in-depth how-to book entitled Successful Nature Photographs and How to Create Them, which is available as an e-book and in a printed edition. Doors open at 7:00 pm for socializing and snacks, show starts about 7:20 pm. See directions at the end of this booklet.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

NOV 11 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. YOUTH BIRDING AT PATTERSON PARK Park along S. Patterson Park Avenue, and meet at the fountain north of the pagoda, just inside the entrance off South Patterson Park Avenue at Lombard Street. This easy-access urban park has a surprisingly diverse variety of birds that can be found during the year, and we can expect winter residents (and possibly unusual visitors) in both the brushy areas and on the lake. Leader: John Robinson, 443 810-9059 (cell), 410 483-6620 (home), .
*Directions to Patterson Park: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto South Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of South Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.

NOV 12 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER Half-day trip for winter waterfowl, raptors, passerines. Half-mile trail leads to point overlooking Dundee Creek. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410 626-7294 or .
*Directions to Marshy Point Nature Center: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 36, Route 702. Take 2nd exit, Chase/Eastern Boulevard, Route 150 east. Go 6 miles. Turn right at Marshy Point sign. Go 1/2 mile, turn left into Nature Center parking lot.

NOV 14 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. BBC BOARD MEETING While only authorized Board members have a vote, any Club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. Call any club officer or board member for details. Held at the Cylburn Greenhouse Classroom.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

NOV 18 (Sat) 8:30 a.m. HYDES ROAD PARK For the last few years this northern Baltimore County park has been hosting rare sparrows and other meadow birds. Meet in the parking lot. Coordinator: Kevin Graff, . Leader: Hugh Simmons.
*Directions to Hydes Road Park: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 27B Dulaney Valley Road north 3.8 miles, cross a large bridge and bear right to stay on Dulaney Valley Road. Turn left to stay on Dulaney Valley at intersection with Loch Raven Drive, and continue to the road's end on Manor Road. Turn right on Manor, then left onto Hydes Road, continue ¾ mile to open area on right with athletic fields. If lot (on right) is full, park on the side of the road.

NOV 18 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon SATURDAY MONITORING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Continuing survey of bird activity at the Fort. Telescope can be useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Park outside the main entrance gate in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Wendy Alexander, 443 204-3754 or .
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

NOV 18 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. DRUID HILL PARK Join Audubon and the Maryland Zoo to explore this leafy city park! From forest to lake, a variety of bird species await. Meet at 3001 East Drive to start the walk. To borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Druid Hill Park: From I-83 take Exit 7 toward Druid Park/Lake Drive. Keep left at the fork and merge onto W. 28th Street. Turn left on Sisson Street, then left onto Wyman Park Drive. Wyman Park turns slightly right and becomes East Drive. Turn right into parking lot for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks building, 3001 East Drive.

NOV 19 (Sun) 8:30 a.m. ASHLAND NCR TRAIL AND PAPER MILL FLATS Trip to two locations for marsh birds, wintering waterfowl and late fall songbirds. Bring spotting telescope if you have one. Meet at NCR Trail parking lot north side of Ashland/Paper Mill Road. Leaders: Debbie Terry, 443 578-8243 or , and Kevin Graff, .
*Directions to NCR trail at Ashland: From the Baltimore Beltway I-695, take I-83 North. Get off at Exit 20 Shawan Road and go east. At end, turn right onto York Road, then left onto Ashland Road (first light). Go 1.2 miles, bearing left to stay on Ashland Road. Ashland Road becomes Paper Mill Road where the well-marked NCR trail crosses the road. Park in the lot on your left.

NOV 25 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. PATTERSON PARK Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore. With more than 205 species on record, the park is full of surprises. Meet at the fountain, near intersection of E. Lombard Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue. For directions or to borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Patterson Park: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto South Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of South Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.

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DECEMBER 2017

DEC 6 (Wed) 8:00 a.m. FIRST WEDNESDAY WALKS AT FORT McHENRY Continuing a series of monthly morning surveys of bird activity at the Fort and wetland. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in inclement weather. Park outside the main entrance gate in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410 665-0769.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

DEC 9 (Sat) 7:30 - 11:00 a.m. MASONVILLE COVE AND MIDDLE BRANCH PARK, BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS Masonville Nature Center in Baltimore City welcomes BBC for donuts and coffee and a look at waterfowl in Baltimore Harbor. Landbirding is also good at Masonville; last year on this trip we had Fox Sparrow and Rusty Blackbird. We will visit both the area immediately behind the Nature Center and Access Area 2. Then we'll drive 5 minutes up the road to Middle Branch Park, another good spot for water birds. Telescopes useful. RSVP to the leader; trip limited to 25. Leader: Peter Lev. 410 823-2962 or .
*Directions to Masonville Cove Nature Center: Masonville Cove can be hard to get to, so you may want to use directions on the
Masonville website or use Google Maps for 1000 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore MD 21226

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    • I-395 south
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    • Frankfurst Avenue
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  • Through the City from north:
    • I-83 south, becomes President Street
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    • Exit 54, Route 2 south, Hanover Street
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    • Frankfurst Avenue
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  • From Northeast of Baltimore:
    • I-95 South
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    • I-895 South, toll
    • G
    • through tunnel
    • Exit 8B toward Hanover Street (first exit)
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    • Frankfurst Avenue
    • The Masonville Campus is immediately on the right
  • From South of Baltimore on 295 northbound:
    • take ramp for I-95 North, then follow directions below
  • From Beltway south or west side:
    • I-95 north. At end of ramps for I-395, take
    • Exit 54, Route 2 south, Hanover Street
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    • bridges, bear left ont
    • Frankfurst Avenue
    • The Masonville Campus will come up on the left

DEC 9 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. SPECIAL EASTERN SHORE TRIP - BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE We will meet at the beginning of Whitehall Neck Road, right after turning off from Rt 9 (Smyrna, Leipsic Rd) and pulling off onto the shoulder. After scoping the fields for Horned Larks, Meadowlarks, Pipits and other wintering residents, we will proceed to the refuge Visitor Center at 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, where we can look for White-crowned Sparrows and other nice birds at the feeders. Then it's off into the refuge itself for water birds, wintering shorebirds and land birds such as sparrows and raptors, and finish the day by getting lunch and then swinging by the Dover AFB Air Museum to check for Snowy Owls. This is an outstanding trip, and although the 2-2 ½ hour driving time is doable in a single day, it can be worth staying overnight in Dover and exploring a bit on Sunday before heading home. The trip is free, but the refuge charges a fee to enter which may be $5 per car. This trip must be pre-registered for, so we know whom to expect and can wait if anyone is delayed. Leader: John Robinson, 443 810-9059 (cell), 410 483-6620 (home), .
*Directions to Bombay Hook NWR, Delaware, Whitehall Neck Road and Visitor Center: From Bay Bridge follow Route 301 north about 34 miles. Right onto Route 300, 19 miles to Kenton, DE. Right onto Route 42, 8 miles to Leipsic. Left onto Route 9, go 1.5 miles to inconspicuous Bombay Hook marker on right. That's Whitehall Neck Road and we will meet here parking on the shoulder. Then we will proceed a mile or two on Whitehall Neck Road to the Visitor Center lot at end. Drive time from Bay Bridge about 1.5 hours.

DEC 10 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER Half-day trip for winter waterfowl, raptors, passerines. Half-mile trail leads to point overlooking Dundee Creek. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410 626-7294 or .
*Directions to Marshy Point Nature Center: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 36, Route 702. Take 2nd exit, Chase/Eastern Boulevard, Route 150 east. Go 6 miles. Turn right at Marshy Point sign. Go 1/2 mile, turn left into Nature Center parking lot.

DEC 12 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. BBC BOARD MEETING While only authorized Board members have a vote, any Club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. Call any club officer or board member for details. Held at the Cylburn Greenhouse Classroom.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

DEC 16 (Sat) DAWN TO DUSK MIDDLE RIVER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT Birders of all levels of expertise or experience are welcome and urged to participate in this annual post-migration bird census in eastern Baltimore County. The area being surveyed is in a 15 mile diameter circle in eastern Baltimore County, encompassing Fort Howard up to Day's Cove at the mouth of the Gunpowder. This is a count of all birds seen or heard in the count circle. Count totals will be submitted to the National Audubon Society for nationwide publication. Contact compiler Kevin Graff, , for area assignment with one of the sector coordinators.

DEC 16 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY MONITORING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Continuing survey of bird activity at the Fort. Telescope can be useful. Meet outside of park front gates and park in lot on left hand side. Leader: David Sandler, 410 370-0747.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

DEC 16 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. PATTERSON PARK Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore. With more than 205 species on record, the park is full of surprises. Meet at the fountain, near intersection of E. Lombard Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue. For directions or to borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Patterson Park: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto South Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of South Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.

DEC 23 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. DRUID HILL PARK Join Audubon and the Maryland Zoo to explore this leafy city park! From forest to lake, a variety of bird species await. Meet at 3001 East Drive to start the walk. To borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Druid Hill Park: From I-83 take Exit 7 toward Druid Park/Lake Drive. Keep left at the fork and merge onto W. 28th Street. Turn left on Sisson Street, then left onto Wyman Park Drive. Wyman Park turns slightly right and becomes East Drive. Turn right into parking lot for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks building, 3001 East Drive.

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JANUARY 2018

JAN 3 (Wed) 8:00 a.m. FIRST WEDNESDAY WALKS AT FORT McHENRY Continuing a series of monthly morning surveys of bird activity at the Fort and wetland. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in inclement weather. Park outside the main entrance gate in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410 665-0769.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

JAN 6 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. MIDDLE BRANCH PARK AND SOUTHWEST AREA PARK We'll begin at one of the city's best spots for winter ducks, Middle Branch Park. Five species of diving ducks probable, with hundreds of individuals on good days. Then we'll head to SWAP, a vast former landfill now a Baltimore County park. Reliable for dabbling ducks, raptors, woodpeckers, and sparrows. Uncommon species show up yearly. Meet at Middle Branch Park in the main parking lot by the city rec office, 3301 Waterview Ave, Baltimore MD 21230. Canceled in bad weather. Leader: Frank Morgan, or 487-1110.
*Directions to Middle Branch Park: From I-695 W Beltway use the right 3 lanes to take exit 11A-11B for I-95 N toward Baltimore. Go 3.6 miles and take Exit 54 to merge onto Hanover Street for .3 miles. Turn right on Waterview Avenue. Parking lot for Sports Complex/Rowing Club will be on right. OR, take I-83 south until it merges into President Street. Turn right on E. Lombard Street. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Light Street. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right on E. Conway Street. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto I-395 South. Take the exit onto I-95 N toward New York. Take exit 54 to merge onto Hanover Street for .3 miles. Turn right onto Waterview Avenue, then right into parking lot.

JAN 7 (Sun) 4:30 p.m. COVERED DISH DINNER AND LECTURE AT THE VOLLMER CENTER AT CYLBURN Tonight's speaker is Joe Hanfman and the topic is "Birding Alaska." Joe is a retired industrial engineer whose birding travels have taken him to all 50 states and most Canadian provinces. In addition to nine trips to Alaska, he has birded in Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Russia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean. To reserve a place and tell us what you will bring, please use the website PerfectPotluck.com-detailed instructions will be sent out in December. See directions in the final section of this booklet. For information contact the coordinator, Kevin Graff, at , or call Peter Lev at 410 823-2962.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For Covered Dish Dinner, drop off passengers, food or other items in front of the Vollmer Center building, then continue around circle to park in the lot.

JAN 9 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. BBC BOARD MEETING While only authorized Board members have a vote, any Club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. Call any club officer or board member for details. Held at the Cylburn Greenhouse Classroom.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

JAN 13 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. HARBOR DUCK TRIP - MASONVILLE COVE TO FORT McHENRY We will meet at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, 1000 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore, and after checking the water from that location, we will work our way around the harbor, stopping at the Medstar Harbor Hospital parking lot and then Middle Branch Park before finishing up at Fort McHenry about noon. This trip offers a good selection of the wintering waterfowl that stay in the area, including a nice variety of ducks, grebes and the occasional loon. Bald Eagles are often seen, and rarities turn up regularly. Leader: John Robinson, 443 810-9059 (cell), 410 483-6620 (home), .
*Directions to Masonville Cove (above)

JAN 14 (Sun) 8:45 a.m. LOCH RAVEN POINT AND DAMS Half-day trip for winter waterfowl and other birds. Meet at Loch Raven Point (public area on Loch Raven Drive, just west of Bridge #1). Our second stop will be Loch Raven Dam. Telescopes useful for distant waterfowl. Leader: Debbie Terry, 443 578-8243 or .
*Directions to Loch Raven Point: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 29A, Cromwell Bridge Road northeast, go 2 miles, left onto Loch Raven Drive, go 2.6 miles and go over the bridge. Park on the street 150-200 yards after the bridge.

JAN 14 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER Half-day trip for winter waterfowl, raptors, passerines. Half-mile trail leads to point overlooking Dundee Creek. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410 626-7294 or .
*Directions to Marshy Point Nature Center: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 36, Route 702. Take 2nd exit, Chase/Eastern Boulevard, Route 150 east. Go 6 miles. Turn right at Marshy Point sign. Go 1/2 mile, turn left into Nature Center parking lot.

JAN 20 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon SATURDAY MONITORING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Continuing survey of bird activity at the Fort. Telescopes useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Park outside the main entrance gate in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Ben Poscover, 410 882-1309.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

JAN 20 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. DRUID HILL PARK Join Audubon and the Maryland Zoo to explore this leafy city park! From forest to lake, a variety of bird species await. Meet at 3001 East Drive to start the walk. To borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Druid Hill Park: From I-83 take Exit 7 toward Druid Park/Lake Drive. Keep left at the fork and merge onto W. 28th Street. Turn left on Sisson Street, then left onto Wyman Park Drive. Wyman Park turns slightly right and becomes East Drive. Turn right into parking lot for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks building, 3001 East Drive.

JAN 27 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. PATTERSON PARK Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore. With more than 205 species on record, the park is full of surprises. Meet at the fountain, near intersection of E. Lombard Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue. For directions or to borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Patterson Park: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto South Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of South Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.

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FEBRUARY 2018

FEB 7 (Wed) 8:00 a.m. FIRST WEDNESDAY WALKS AT FORT McHENRY Continuing a series of monthly morning surveys of bird activity at the Fort and wetland. Telescope can be useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Meet outside the park front gates and park in lot on left hand side. Leader: Mary Chetelat, 410 665-0769.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

FEB 10 (Sat) 8:45 a.m. LOCH RAVEN POINT AND LOCH RAVEN DAM Morning trip to see ducks, grebes, coots and other water birds. Meet at Loch Raven Point (public area on Loch Raven Drive, just west of Bridge #1). Our second stop will be Loch Raven Dam. Scopes useful. Trip canceled in snow, rain, or slippery conditions. Leaders: Debbie Terry, 443 578-8243 or , and Peter Lev, 410 823-2962 or .
*Directions to Loch Raven Point: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 29A, Cromwell Bridge Road northeast, go 2 miles, left onto Loch Raven Drive, go 2.6 miles and go over the bridge. Park on the street 150-200 yards after the bridge.

FEB 11 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER Half-day trip for winter waterfowl, raptors, passerines. Half-mile trail leads to point overlooking Dundee Creek. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Leaders: Brent and Mary Byers, 410 626-7294 or .
*Directions to Marshy Point Nature Center: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, take Exit 36, Route 702. Take 2nd exit, Chase/Eastern Boulevard, Route 150 east. Go 6 miles. Turn right at Marshy Point sign. Go 1/2 mile, turn left into Nature Center parking lot.

FEB 13 (Tue) 7:00 p.m. BBC BOARD MEETING While only authorized Board members have a vote, any Club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. Call any club officer or board member for details. Held at the Cylburn Greenhouse Classroom.
*Directions to Cylburn: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Avenue. Go about ¼ mile, just past first road intersection, and turn left through stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds. Follow the drive to circle in front of the Vollmer Center building. Go most of the way around the circle to enter the parking area. For lectures at the Greenhouse classroom, follow signs at back end of parking lot (i.e., from that point, turn right, then immediately turn right again, go up short hill to small parking lot on top of the hill). The building beside the lot has a side entrance door. Go in and left, walk through a short hallway, and through a door at the end into the lecture room.

FEB 17 (Sat) 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon SATURDAY MONITORING WALK AT FORT McHENRY Continuing survey of bird activity at the Fort. Telescope can be useful. Cancelled in bad weather. Park outside the main entrance gate in lot on left, and meet at the gate. Leader: Ben Poscover, 410 882-1309.
*Directions to Fort McHenry: From I-95, take Hanover Street Exit 55 (McComas Street) east (last exit before tunnel eastbound, first after tunnel westbound), north (left) on Key Highway which turns west, first left Lawrence Street, left (east) on Fort Avenue and continue east to the entrance gate into Fort McHenry. From the JFX, I-83, south to St. Paul Street exit, south on St. Paul until it becomes Light Street, then left (east) onto Fort Avenue, continue to end and gate as above. Park outside the main entrance gate at the lot on left hand side (Wallace Street), and meet at the gate.

FEB 17 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. DRUID HILL PARK Join Audubon and the Maryland Zoo to explore this leafy city park! From forest to lake, a variety of bird species await. Meet at 3001 East Drive to start the walk. To borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or
*Directions to Druid Hill Park: From I-83 take Exit 7 toward Druid Park/Lake Drive. Keep left at the fork and merge onto W. 28th Street. Turn left on Sisson Street, then left onto Wyman Park Drive. Wyman Park turns slightly right and becomes East Drive. Turn right into parking lot for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks building, 3001 East Drive.

FEB 24 (Sat) 88:00 - 8:00 a.m. PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION Half-day trip to a restricted Naval base for winter delights. Guaranteed to get lots of Horned Larks, Savannah Sparrows, Wilson's Snipe and a variety of waterfowl. Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Short-eared Owl, and Peregrine Falcon are possible. Limit 10 people, by reservation only. Optional lunch at a waterfront restaurant on way home. The trip is open only to US citizens and all attendees must possess a photo ID. Email the trip leader, Kyle Rambo, to make reservations. Email Coordinator, Kevin Graff, for carpooling or directions to the site. Meet at Nursery Road/Hammonds Ferry Road Park & Ride 6:00 AM sharp or at the small visitor center parking lot outside of NAS Gate #1 (northernmost gate) at 8:00. It's on the right, about 100-200 yards after you turn left off SR 235.
*Directions to Nursery Road/Hammonds Ferry Road Park and Ride: From Baltimore Beltway I-695 outer loop (southbound), take Exit 8B (NOT 8A), ramp leads to parking lot across Hammonds Ferry Road. From Beltway inner loop (northbound), take Exit 8 ramp, right onto Fairview, turn right onto Nursery Road, right onto Hammonds Ferry Road, then left at next light into Park-n-Ride lot.

FEB 24 (Sat) 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. PATTERSON PARK Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore. With more than 205 species on record, the park is full of surprises. Meet at the fountain, near intersection of E. Lombard Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue. For directions or to borrow binoculars, contact Patterson Park Audubon Center at 410 558-2473 or .
*Directions to Patterson Park: From downtown Baltimore, drive east on Pratt Street, go left onto South Patterson Park Avenue and park on this street in the first or second block. Meet at the White House, just inside the west edge of park at intersection of South Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.

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