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Howard County Bird Club

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.


Robin Todd



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