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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.

May News 


Bird Banding Demonstration

May 14th 8 am - 10 am

Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary 


The Audubon Society of Central Maryland will give a demonstration of bird banding at their Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary. Birds will be captured, fitted with a numbered aluminum band, and released unharmed. If we are lucky, we may re-capture birds that were banded last year. Participants will see how the birds are caught and handled, have a chance to see them closer than ever before, and maybe hold them in the hand! Because birds are most readily caught early in the morning, participants will have to get up when the birds do.


Meet at 8 a.m. at the entry gate to the sanctuary at 13030 Old Annapolis Road (just east of Detrick Road) in Mt. Airy. No rest room facilities are available, and the event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. For more information contact Bob Schaefer at 301-831-5660 or

Native Plant Sale
A Big Thank You!


ASCM would like to thank those who ventured out to the Audrey Carroll Sanctuary on April 30th to purchase plants at our annual Native Plant Sale. The sale was a great success! Because of your support, we are able to continue to maintain our two sanctuaries and provide a valuable habitat for our native wildlife. Hope to see you again next year!



It's Spring and Birdathon time! The birds have returned to our two Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries in Frederick County, and we need to assure the sanctuaries continue to meet their needs.


As you read this, our intrepid bird census takers, Bob Schaefer and Dave Smith, will have already begun their annual Spring survey of the Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary [140 acres], May 1, and they will do the same at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary [129 acres] May 8.


It has been almost 20 years since we took title to the farm that became the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary and almost 10 years since we were willed what became the Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary. Time flies! Would you believe we have Wild Turkeys at both sanctuaries! I recall when there were none in that part of Maryland. The sanctuaries have flourished with warm season grasses, forest restoration, experimental projects with American Chestnut and Elm trees, extensive Bluebird and Tree Swallow nest box projects, a healthy and expanding colony of Purple Martins at each sanctuary, a Monarch tagging program to help understand the status of migrating Monarchs, a butterfly garden of plants specifically targeting the needs of native butterflies, over 170 identified bird species at Audrey Carroll and 135 at Fred Archibald, and many, many Eagle Scout projects that have benefited the two sanctuaries and helped the Scouts achieve their goals. Visit for more information.

The combined Spring Census of all the species of birds has found from 80 to 90 species on these annual May counts as an indication of the habitat value of these great places. We hope you will support this Audubon effort. The birds and other critters need your support. Come visit!

Thank you!


To participate just download our pledge sheet!

Birdathon Pledge Sheet 

Audubon Society of Central Maryland
PO Box 660
Mt. Airy, MD 21771