The Howard County Bird Club (HCBC) is a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society. Their purpose is to promote the knowledge, development, protection, and conservation of bird life and natural resources. The HCBC is also actively involved in lobbying for bird-related conservation causes at the local, state, and national level.
The Howard County Bird Club shares their interest in birds and natural history through programs and field trips which are open to the public. These are listed on their website at www.howardbirds.org/howard/hcevents.htm
The Howard County Bird Club also:
- Publishes a newsletter, The Goldfinch, five times a year.
- Produces pamphlets, booklets and tip sheets focusing on Howard County birdlife and natural history.
- Contributes to local, national, and international organizations to help save habitat. The Bird Club sells bird seed each October to support local, state, national, and international organizations to benefit bird habitat and studies that protect ecosystems.
- Monitors bird populations both formally and informally. Many members keep records of the birds they observe. At the end of each season, the sightings are compiled and submitted to state and national journals. More formally, three countywide surveys are conducted each year. On a Saturday in the months of February, May, and September, dozens of birders cover assigned areas from dawn to dusk counting every bird seen or heard.
- Participated in the 5-year Breeding Bird Atlas Project covering all of Maryland and the District of Columbia (DC). This project maps in detail the distribution of all bird species that breed in Maryland and DC. www.howardbirds.org/records/bba_results.htm
- Currently participating in the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) a 5-year project to document the present distribution of amphibians and reptiles throughout Maryland. This will form a baseline for understanding patterns of change as well as for conservation. www.howardbirds.org/herpatlas/index-MARA.htm
Please contact the Howard County Bird Club by email for more information about volunteering and participating in bird monitoring.
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