Audubon Society of Central Maryland
February News
In This Issue
Plant Sale!
Great Backyard Bird Count
Nature Walk

Native Plant Sale

April 30th, 2011


April will be here before you know it, so now's the time to start planning for additions, improvements (and any needed repairs) to your own native plant habitat.

The 2011 Native Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 30th, opening at 9:00 AM sharp, rain or shine, and wrapping up at 2:00.


As always, the sale will be held on the grounds of the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary, 13030 Old Annapolis Road,  

just west of the town of Mount Airy, MD.



The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 18-21


The 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will start on Friday, February 18th, and run through the following Monday, February 21st (i.e., over the Presidents' Day weekend).

If you haven't participated in past years, give it a try this year! You'll see how getting involved in a scientific effort can actually be fun and easy! The GBBC is open to everyone!

Remember, just by doing what you enjoy doing anyway, watching the birds at your feeders, you can help to make this annual event successful. Your bird counting contributions really do count, and it's always impressive to see how the many small contributions add up to create a big, comprehensive picture of our U.S. bird population. Click on the button below to get more information on the GBBC and to check up on 2011 results during and after the count.


Winter Wildlife Nature Walk

February 19th, 9:00 am 

Fred Archibald Sanctuary


We'll walk through some of the more remote parts of the 140-acre Fred Archibald sanctuary, on the lookout for early signs of Spring!

It's been a rough winter and the population of some birds such as Eastern Bluebirds seems to be way down. If we're lucky we may find a few of them checking out the nest boxes at the sanctuary. Blackbirds are also on the move in the second half of February.

We'll try to cover a couple of miles of sanctuary trails, and see not only the open meadows but the mature forest along Cherry Run, where giant Sycamores and Oaks provide nesting places for Barred Owls, and Wild Turkeys forage for acorns. A fairly brisk pace should keep us warm. We will also see part of the hundred acres which is owned by the Town of New Market, adjoining the Sanctuary.

Come see what kind of wildlife is out and about in mid-winter (you might be surprised that we could see bluebirds). Be sure to come prepared with sturdy shoes and outerwear appropriate for the weather. (Translation: DRESS WARM!) And if you have binoculars, be sure to bring them along!

We'll meet at 9 AM inside the entry gate to the sanctuary, which is on the East side of Boyers Mill Road, one mile North of the intersection with Rt. 144.

Please note that no rest room facilities are available. The walk will be cancelled in the event of severe winter weather, deep snow accumulations or hazardous ice conditions.

For more information contact the walk leaders, Ron and Susan Polniaszek at 410-531-6658.

Our Nature Walks are always

free of charge, and suitable for the whole family. People of all ages are welcome


Audubon Society of
Central MD

P.O. Box 660
Mt. Airy, Maryland 21771