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Audubon Society of Central Maryland

The Audubon Soci­ety of Cen­tral Mary­land (ASCM) is an all-volunteer, non-profit orga­ni­za­tion whose mem­bers share an active inter­est in wildlife in gen­eral, and bird­ing in par­tic­u­lar, along with an over­rid­ing con­cern for the well-being of our shared envi­ron­ment. They are an active chap­ter of the National Audubon Society.

The mis­sion of the Audubon Soci­ety of Cen­tral Mary­land is to pro­tect and restore birds, other wildlife and their habi­tats through edu­ca­tion and action, for the ben­e­fit of peo­ple and the earth.

The ASCM field of mem­ber­ship includes Howard County, as well as Car­roll and Fred­er­ick Coun­ties and the north­ern por­tion of Mont­gomery County.

ACTIVITIES

  • Bird Sanc­tu­ar­ies — The Audubon Soci­ety of Cen­tral Mary­land main­tains more than 270 acres of sanc­tu­ary habi­tat for birds and other wildlife in Fred­er­ick County. The two ASCM sanc­tu­ary prop­er­ties are located near the towns of Mount Airy and New Mar­ket, Mary­land. There are always ongo­ing and planned projects related to the main­te­nance and improve­ment of these sanc­tu­ary facil­i­ties, and vol­un­teers are always needed to help out.
  • Nature Walks — ASCM pro­vides free, family-friendly Nature Walks on a monthly basis. These walks alter­nate between the two ASCM sanc­tu­ar­ies and are designed to acquaint par­tic­i­pants with the nat­ural beauty of our area, as well as the resources and var­ied habi­tat the two sanc­tu­ar­ies pro­vide. Each month’s walk is keyed to the sea­son, with sev­eral includ­ing up-close demon­stra­tions of sci­ence and con­ser­va­tion tech­niques such as bird iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and count­ing, bird band­ing and Monarch but­ter­fly tag­ging. The ASCM Nature Walk sched­ule is online at: www.centralmdaudubon.org/naturewalks.htm.
  • Bird Seed Sales — ASCM holds two bird seed sales each year: one in late Fall, and another in mid-Winter. Cus­tomers place and pay for their orders in advance, and select one of two pick-up sites and dates. Bird seed sale pro­ceeds sup­port ASCM sanc­tu­ary projects as well as ASCM edu­ca­tional projects and grants. In recent years, ASCM has funded grants for local school gar­dens. Howard County gar­dens that have been helped include Trin­ity School, Lime Kiln Mid­dle, Ham­mond Ele­men­tary, St. John’s Parish Day School, Reser­voir H.S., Long Reach H.S., Howard County Con­ser­vancy, Cradle­rock School, Deep Run E.S., Point­ers Run E.S., and Ilch­ester E.S. See the ASCM web site for details.
  • Native Plant Sale — The ASCM Native Plant Sale is held on the last Sat­ur­day of April each year. Along with being another impor­tant fund-raiser for ASCM sanc­tu­ar­ies and projects, this pop­u­lar event also helps to edu­cate the pub­lic on the impor­tance of fos­ter­ing a non-invasive sus­tain­able plant habi­tat for ben­e­fi­cial birds and insects at the most local level, at home. Along with offer­ing a wide vari­ety of hearty native plants from local sources, Mas­ter Gar­den­ers from sur­round­ing coun­ties are avail­able for con­sul­ta­tion at the Native Plant Sale. Native plant list­ings are avail­able on the ASCM web site prior to each sale.
  • Monthly e-Newsletter — ASCM pub­lishes a monthly email newslet­ter to keep sub­scribers up-to-date on Chap­ter activ­i­ties. An email to ASCM is all it takes to sub­scribe to the e-Newsletter.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

ASCM vol­un­teers lead Nature Walks, help with the Seed Sales and Native Plant Sale, assist with sanc­tu­ary main­te­nance, do bird counts, and help with the many other Chap­ter activ­i­ties. Sanc­tu­ary improve­ment projects in par­tic­u­lar are ideal as Eagle Scout projects. Please check the web­site for more details.

CONTACT
centralmdaudubon@gmail.com

WEBSITE
www.centralmdaudubon.org

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