Please join us for one of these enjoyable outings!  Take a look
at the calendar and plan to spend some time with other CAS
members and  friends enjoying relaxing outdoor activities.  
B
eginners of all ages are welcome as
all trips include attention to novices.  

*Please read reports from past field trips*
Field Trips
Chesapeake Audubon Society                             Field Trips

JANUARY 2011

Saturday, January 15 - Terrapin Park (Sandy Point)
Leader:  Hugh Simmons
Join Hugh at this beautiful location for a great morning of birding on the
shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Located by the Bay Bridge, this park offers
easy trails and a pond filled with both migrating and resident songbirds,
waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors.   If we hear of any Snow Buntings visiting
Sandy Point, we’ll stop for a look on the way home.  Join us by contacting
Hugh at 410-628-4246 before 9 PM or you can e-mail him at
lensonnature@gmail.com for information on meeting times and places.

Sunday, January 23, 1-3PM - Pickering Creek - Owls
Bird Walk-n-Talk series, Cost: $10 Adult/ $5 Child
See description on Nov. 14th event

Saturday, January 29 - 8AM Patterson Park
Please join us for our first monthly Bird Walk for 2011.  It’s always good to
see what birds have chosen to make the park their winter home and there is
usually a nice surprise at the pond.  Meet the group at the fountain, which is
in the northwest corner of the park close to the Pagoda.  No need to
register! The walk runs from 8AM to 9:30AM.  We have binoculars for you to
use if you need them.  It is a fun family activity!  Call 410-558-2473 with any
questions.

Sunday, January 30 - Delaware Beaches
Leader:  Ruth Bergstrom
We'll visit Prime Hook, Cape Henlopen State Park, and/or Delaware
Seashore State Park depending on what's being reported for wintering Bay
and Sea Ducks.  Email Ruth at ruthb22@yahoo.com or call her at 443-752-
1967 to register and for details.

FEBRUARY

Sunday, February 6, 2-4PM Pickering Creek -
Bird Walk-n-Talk, Cost:  $10 adult/$5 Child,
The new
Bird Walk n’ Talk series introduces beginning birders of all ages
to the birds found along the Delmarva Peninsula. Each month will be an
exploration of the habitat, identification and calls of different bird groups.
Naturalists will lead introductions about the monthly bird groups, then adults
and children will split up for specialized hikes. Adults learn some in-depth
identification skills and bird/habitat connections. Kids look for birds then get
to interpret their imaginations into bird crafts. Hot beverages and
homemade treats await us on our return to ease the winter chills.
Please register in advance by calling 410/822-4903. Pre-registration is
required. Children are considered ages 15 and under.
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*** Information for Scheduled Bird Walks at
Patterson Park,   8-930AM with Patterson Park Audubon.
No need to RSVP, but if you would like to borrow binoculars please call
410.558.2473 or email baltimore@audubon.org.  Meet at the fountain –
located closest to E. Lombard St. and South Patterson Park Ave. (northeast
section of the park).  


***Information for Scheduled Bird Walks at Druid Hill with
Patterson Park Audubon, 8-930AM

Experts from Audubon and the Maryland Zoo will lead us in search of avian
friends! Bring the whole family - all ages and abilities welcome! No
experience necessary. If you would like to borrow binoculars, drop us an
email – we have plenty to share!  There is no need to RSVP for this event,
just arrive ready to explore! To borrow binoculars: baltimore@audubon.org
or 410.558.2473. Free!  Meet at 3001 East Drive in Druid Hill Park.


                           JUNE 2017

Sunday, June 11, 8:00am                                Leader Hugh Simmons
Lake Roland—Birding Basics
Are you interested in joining the fun of birdwatching? This is the first of a
series of monthly bird walks for those new to birding that will focus on
developing bird identification skills.  Rather than simply naming the bird we
will spend time talking about the characteristics that lead to an identification:
family, descriptive anatomy, posture, behavior, voice, habitat, etc.  We will
also discuss topics such as binoculars, field guides, birding apps, clothing
and birding etiquette. While we will hopefully see a lot of birds the primary
goal will be to spend time understanding each ID rather than to check off as
many species as possible. To register contact Hugh Simmons at
lensonnature@gmail.com or 410-456-0017.   

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:00-8:00PM,Summer Solstice Evening
Paddle at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, $15 per person
Celebrate summer on the waters of Pickering Creek during this guided
canoe paddle. Look out for ospreys and eagles flying overhead and fish
jumping in the water. Maybe we’ll even see a ray or two cruising in the
creek. PFD’s and paddles provided. Children must be at least 13 years or
older and must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration required by
calling 410-822-4903.                                                                 

S
aturday, June 24, 9:00am                                Leader: Colleen Webster
Perryville Community Park – Paddle Outing
Join leaders Colleen Webster and other leaders at 9:00 AM at the launch at
Stump Point to paddle the usually serene waters of the well-protected Mill
Creek and historic Furnace Bay. Eagles and osprey are often seen soaring
overhead, songbirds and wetland birds frequent the shoreline, and heron
and waterfowl are common sightings. No rental boats available. Contact
Colleen Webster (cwebster@harord.edu; 410-459-4577)

Saturday, June 24, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at Patterson Park.
See description at the top of this page.


                                     
       JULY

Sunday, July 9, 8:00am                                Leader Hugh Simmons
Oregon Ridge Park: Birding Basics
Are you interested in joining the fun of birdwatching? This is one of a series
of monthly bird walks for those new to birding that will focus on developing
bird identification skills.  Rather than simply naming the bird we will spend
time talking about the characteristics that lead to an identification: family,
descriptive anatomy, posture, behavior, voice, habitat, etc.  We will also
discuss topics such as binoculars, field guides, birding apps, clothing and
birding etiquette.   While we will hopefully see a lot of birds the primary goal
will be to spend time understanding each ID rather than to check off as
many species as possible. To register contact Hugh Simmons at
lensonnature@gmail.com or 410-456-0017.


Tuesday, July 11, 8-10AM, Birding by Boat at Pickering Creek Audubon
Center, $15.00 per person

Grab your binoculars and your sense of adventure as we spend the
morning birding by boat – or, rather, canoes! We’ll paddle Pickering Creek
and search for birds high in the sky and low on the shores of the Creek.
Appropriate for beginner birders. Some paddling experience is helpful but
not required. Canoes, basic instruction, paddles, binoculars, and PFD’s
provided.  Please wear shoes securely attached to your feet – no flip flops!
Advance registration required call 410-822-4903 to do so.

Wednesday, July 19, 6-730PM, Salamander Search at Pickering Creek
Audubon Center, $5.00 per person

Trek through the woods at Pickering Creek Audubon Center on a search for
salamanders and other amphibians!  We’ll flip logs, peer under cover
boards, and discuss salamander research and monitoring efforts at
Pickering Creek.  Come prepared to cover 1-2 miles of trails. Register by
calling 410-822-4903.

Saturday, July 22, 8-930AM, Guided Bird Walk at Druid Hill
See details at the top of this page.

Wednesday, July 26, 730-9PM, Magic of Summer Wetlands. $5 per
person at Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Discover the slippery, slimy, and scaly creatures that call the wetlands at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center home!  Equipped with chest waders,
boots, large seine nets, and small hand nets, we’ll spend the evening
exploring and investigating a mysterious, wet, and muddy world while being
serenaded by the wetland’s most vocal residents – frogs!  Thousands of
frogs join the chorus each night, creating an unforgettable summer
soundtrack.  Join us after hours to experience these unique sights and
sounds! Register by calling 410-822-4903


Saturday, July 29, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at Patterson Park
See details at the top of this page.



                           AUGUST

Saturday, August 12, 9:00am                      Leader: Colleen Webster
Swan Harbor Farm Park: Butterflies, Dragonflies and Birds
Birds are the main interest of the CAS, but there are other beautiful and
fascinating creatures that fly. On this trip we certainly do not plan to ignore
birds but our focus will be on finding and identifying butterflies and
dragonflies. Total beginners to accomplished naturalists are welcome and
encouraged to participate. One leader will be Colleen Webster
(cwebster@harford.edu; 410-459-4577). Meet at Swan Harbor Farm Park at
9:00 AM. Weather is critical to this event, so be sure to check with Colleen if
the forecast is questionable.


Saturday, August 12, 1030AM-1230PM, Spectacular Summer Butterflies
at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, $10.00 per person

Summer is the perfect time to marvel at elegant, vibrant butterflies! Join
Pickering Creek staff and butterfly experts Theresa Murray and Frank Boyle
on a summer butterfly walk. Learn about identifying features of these
exquisite insects and observe the beautiful blooming plants that bring them
in.  Theresa Murray has been learning about butterflies and their life cycles
over the past 20 years. She currently maintains gardens with nectar plants
and host plants for several butterflies including monarchs.  Frank Boyle is a
naturalist and butterfly specialist from Rohrersville, MD. He leads several
NABA (North American Butterfly Association) annual 4th of July butterfly
counts in Maryland and the mountains of Virginia. He has been chasing and
gardening for butterflies for 23 years. Advance registration required call
410-822-4903 to do so.


Sunday, August 13, 8:00am             Leader: Hugh Simmons
Bombay Hook, DE: Birding Basics
Are you interested in joining the fun of birdwatching? This is one of a series
of monthly bird walks for those new to birding that will focus on developing
bird identification skills.  Rather than simply naming the bird we will spend
time talking about the characteristics that lead to an identification: family,
descriptive anatomy, posture, behavior, voice, habitat, etc.  We will also
discuss topics such as binoculars, field guides, birding apps, clothing and
birding etiquette.   While we will hopefully see a lot of birds the primary goal
will be to spend time understanding each ID rather than to check off as
many species as possible.  This is a day trip. Bombay Hook is about 2 hours
from Baltimore and is one of the best birding locations in the region.  It is a
terrific place to see shorebirds and waders which will be the focus of the
trip.  To register contact Hugh Simmons at lensonnature@gmail.com or 410-
456-0017.


Saturday, August 19, 8-930AM, Druid Hill Guided Bird Walk
See details at the top of this page


S
aturday, August 26, 9am          Leaders; Brad Phoebus, Tim Houghton
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (in Delaware)
Meet at the Visitor Center (2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE)
This is basically a day trip. Good idea to bring lunch. Bombay Hook is about
2 hours from Baltimore and is one of the best birding locations in the
region.  It is a terrific place to see shorebirds and waders.  Contact Brad at
bradphoebus@gmail.com or 443-415-9776 to register.


Saturday, August 26, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at Patterson Park
See the details at the top of this page.


Sunday, August 27, 10:00AM-12PM, Co-Leader: Ruth Bergstrom
Pickering Creek Audubon Center--Canoeing and Birding
,  $15.00 per
person

Come to the Eastern Shore and paddle the waters of Pickering Creek with
PCAC staff followed by an optional bird walk
on the Wetland and Pond loops
trails
led by Ruth Bergstrom. Canoes, PFD's and paddles provided or bring
your own. Children 13 years and older welcome with an adult. Registration
required
 by calling 410-822-4903.  No flip flops!  Please wear shoes
securely attached to your fee.


                     SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 10, 8:00am                 Leaders: Denis and Jerri
Muller   Cromwell Valley Park  (Baltimore County)
You'll spend time hiking trails in search of migrating songbirds, including
sparrows and warblers. Cromwell Valley is a 426 -acre stream valley park in
Baltimore County and one of the best places in MD for migrating fall birds.
There are fields, woods, hedgerows, and wood piedmont hills—much
diverse habitat. The park is several miles off the Cromwell Bridge exit (exit
29) of I-695. Meet at the main parking lot from the Willow Grove entrance.
Contact the leaders at denmusa1@comcast.net to register.

Saturday, September 16, 8:30am                Leader: Tim Houghton
Turkey Point (Elk Neck State Park, Cecil County)
For fall migration, few places in Maryland are as good as Turkey Point, at
the southern tip of Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County. (I 95 to exit 100, and
then take 272 south all the way to the parking lot at the end.) An $8 toll is
required. Car pooling may be possible at the Park-and-Ride at I 95 and 152
(exit 74). Contact Tim at 410-510-7504 or timhoughton@comcast.net to
register.

Sunday, September 17,  8:00am                        Leader: Hugh Simmons
Cromwell Valley Park: Birding Basics
Are you interested in joining the fun of birdwatching? This is one of a series
of monthly bird walks for those new to birding that will focus on developing
bird identification skills.  Rather than simply naming the bird we will spend
time talking about the characteristics that lead to an identification: family,
descriptive anatomy, posture, behavior, voice, habitat, etc.  We will also
discuss topics such as binoculars, field guides, birding apps, clothing and
birding etiquette.   While we will hopefully see a lot of birds the primary goal
will be to spend time understanding each ID rather than to check off as
many species as possible. To register contact Hugh Simmons at
lensonnature@gmail.com or 410-456-0017.


Saturday, Sept. 8, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at Patterson Park

See details at the top of this page.

Friday, Sept. 22, 6-730PM, Welcome Fall! Campfire at Pickering Creek
Audubon Center, $5.00 per person

The temperatures are slowly cooling, and soon the leaves will be falling! Bid
farewell to summer and welcome autumn with a wagon ride and campfire at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center ! We’ll meet at the Welcome Center
before catching a wagon ride to the campfire pit by the creek. Enjoy s’mores
and a short program led by Pickering Creek staff. Register by calling 410-
822-4903

Saturday, Sept. 23, 8-930AM, Druid Hill Guided Bird Walk
See details at the top of this page.


Saturday, September 30, 8:00am                 Leader: Brad Phoebus
Hydes Road Park (Baltimore County, not far from Loch Raven
Reservoir)
Hydes Road Park is a fairly small area with good habitat for a variety of
birds, including sparrows and warblers and various other field birds.
Sometimes rarities such as Nelson's Sparrow or Orange-Crowned Warbler
will show up, as well as other interesting birds. Contact Brad to register or
for meeting location and directions at bradphoebus@gmail.com or 443-415-
9776.


Saturday, Sept, 30, 8-930AM, Saturday Bird Walk at Patterson Park
See details at the top of this page