Audubon Society of Central Maryland
May News
In This Issue
A heartfelt thank you for your support of our 
successful 15th Native Plant Sale! We value your opinion and always strive to improve our 
community outreach.
Please take a moment and take our short survey.
banding
Bird Banding Demonstration
May 18th
(please note: this is a change from the earlier advertised date)
8am - 10am
 

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 restroom 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 robert.schaefer@gmail.com

Birdathon
Birdathon Fundraiser

It's Spring and the purple martins have started to return to our two Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries in Frederick County. The bluebirds are nesting and the tree swallows have returned; we need to assure the sanctuaries will meet their needs. It's Birdathon time!

 Bob Schaefer and Dave Smith, will perform their annual Spring survey of the Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary [140 acres] and the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary [129 acres] May 5 and 12.

 The combined Spring Census of all the species of birds has found from 80 to 90 species on these annual May counts. Over the years 172 species of birds and 56 of butterflies have been recorded indicating the habitat value of these great places. Eagle Scouts are regularly doing projects and earning their awards. American Chestnut and Elm trees have been planted to help keep them among us. Audrey Carroll is also the location of our annual Native Plant sale where we provide a source of native trees, shrubs, and flowers for people to landscape their yards for birds and other wildlife, as well as adding beauty to their homes.

 We have just planted about 200 trees to buffer the Fred Archibald Sanctuary from potential development of adjoining property, and at Audrey Carroll we are actively removing invasive alien trees that arrived over the years. Always a lot to do; all done by volunteers; but trees, mowing, and materials for walking paths, mulch, and tree guards against deer all take financial support.

 

We hope you will support these Audubon efforts. The birds and other critters need your support. To support our Birdathon and our local sanctuaries, just download the pledge sheet here.

 

Thank you!

Neighborhood Green Workshop 
Sponsored by 
Frederick County's Office of Sustainability & 
Environmental Resources
Saturday, May 18th
9am - Noon
Linganore High School

 

Make your property more environmentally-friendly and save time and money! Let us help you plant trees & shrubs on unused portions of your lawn. Create more privacy with a wind-break or a sound buffer: Our foresters can meet with you on your property to provide personalized advice on planting a "natural" boundary fence... 

Attract more birds & butterflies: Attend our workshop to learn how to create safe and attractive wildlife-friendly habitat...Reduce time & money spent on mowing and fertilizing: Instead, spend more time watching your new trees grow! You may be eligible for grant money* to pay for a large portion of your planting project. 

All workshop participants receive a free soil test and optional site visit by a forester!  

Register at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/NGreen 

Quick Links
Audubon Society of Central Maryland

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