kestralAudubon Society of Central Maryland 
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.
ASCM Newsletter September 2011
  Monarch tagging
Monarch Butterfly Tagging and Nature Walk
Saturday, September 17
9 to 11 a.m.
Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary

More than 40 different species of butterflies have been observed at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary.  Join us as we explore the Sanctuary looking for and learning about butterflies.  Take part in Monarch conservation as we tag Monarch butterflies for the Monarch Watch Program. These amazing creatures will fly 2,000 miles to over-winter in central Mexico.


People of all ages are welcome.  Meet at 9 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 walk will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For more information contact Cheryl Farfaras at 410-313-4726 or


Volunteer Work Session

Sat. September 17 8:30 am-10:00

Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary

There will be a work session at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary that coincides with the Butterfly Nature Walk. Please join us for a short while and help ASCM make improvements to our grounds. We will focus on the native tree planting and removing fallen trees down by the gate house. To volunteer please contact Carolyn Moroney.  Snacks will be provided, but please bring some garden tools!

Think Globally and Act Locally!


The Audubon Society of Central Maryland and the Robinson Nature Center is looking for volunteers to lead us in the planting and mulching of a native plant garden near the front entrance of the center.  This native planting will consist of native grasses, shrubs, and trees which will improve wildlife habitat, provide an aesthetically pleasing area, and provide an excellent interpretive backdrop. 


Susan Polniaszek and other members from the Audubon Society of Central Maryland will be on the site to lead us in the execution of the gardening project.  They've been diligently working behind the scenes preparing and getting everything ready!


Volunteers are needed for both Friday, September 23rd from 1PM-3PM and Saturday, September 24th from 9AM-12PM.  

Robinson Nature Center

6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia


Please dress for gardening work.  Tools will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your personal garden implements. 


Please RSVP  to to let Susan know which day(s) you're available.

Important Bird Areas Presentation
with David Curson, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon MD-DC

Wed, October 12, 7 pm

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044 

The "State of the Birds" report, published in 2009 by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey and nongovernmental groups showed that birds in the United States face an uncertain future. Forest-interior birds in the East have declined almost 25% since 1968.  In Maryland, habitat loss from development has caused common and familiar species, like the Wood Thrush to decline by more than half since the 1960s, and sea level rise threatens to drown virtually all of our tidal marshes, with their unique bird communities, by the end of this century.


Audubon's Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is a strategy to reverse bird population declines by establishing science-based priorities for conservation and mobilizing "citizen scientists" to implement initiatives aimed at protecting and restoring critical habitat.  To date, 42 IBAs have been identified in Maryland and more are being documented with the help of volunteer-based "Bird Blitz" surveys.   


Join ASCM in welcoming Dr. David Curson, Audubon Maryland-DC's Director of Bird Conservation. Dr. Curson will explain how IBAs are being used to protect habitats through the land-use planning process and to help tidal marshes and their birds adapt to sea level rise.


The Robinson Nature Center is located at 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044.

ASCM's Fall
Bird Seed Sale!

nuthatch Save the dates for bird seed sale pick up at our Clarkesville or Mt. Airy locations - October 29th and November 5th.
More information will be coming soon!

For volunteer information contact Shannon Kennedy.   

Upcoming Dates

September 17 Monarch Tagging Nature Walk

September 17 Volunteer Work Session

September 23 and 24 Robinson Nature  

Center Planting

September 29 ASCM Board Meeting, Glenwood Library

October 12 Important Bird Areas Presentation, Robinson Nature Center

October 15 Fred Archibald Nature Walk