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Free Birding Trips

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These free, volunteer-led walks offer birders a chance to explore new areas with other birding enthusiasts. ANS also offers fee-based, instructional classes and field trips for beginning to mid-level birders.

Beginner bird walks
Saturdays, 8-9 a.m. at Woodend
Weekly March through June. No walks in July or August. Weekly schedule resumes in September through November, then monthly walks on December 3, January 7, and February 4. Meet at the Audubon Sanctuary Shop parking lot. Bring binoculars or use ours. 


2016/Early 2017 Christmas Bird Counts


Wednesday December 21
Woodbridge/Occoquan Bay NWR, VA


Sunday, January 22
Piscataway Park and Hard Bargain Farm, Prince George's County
One-third day. Winter waterfowl and resident birds. Varied habitat of water, woods, farm fields, and edges provides for a great variety of birds. Joint trip with SoMDAudubon. Meet time/place: 8 am at Burger King in the Food Lion Shopping Center (15785 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607). No facilities. Make reservation (20-person limit) with co-leader Mike Callahan, raptorsrulemc@gmail.com or 240-765-5192. Mike Patterson will co-lead.

Wednesday, January 25
Woodbridge/Occoquan Bay NWR, VAHalf day. Songbirds, waterfowl, eagles, and other raptors. Meet time/place: 7:30 am inside the refuge at central parking lot. Make reservation (6-adult limit) with leader Jim Waggener, 703-567-3555.

Sunday, January 29
National Arboretum, Washington, DC
One-third day. Winter and resident songbirds, raptors. Meet time/place: 10 am at park entrance on R Street just east of the intersection of R Street and Bladensburg Rd, NE. Trip may be postponed if bad weather. Check with leader. Make reservation with leader Paul Pisano, 703-685-3790.


Sunday, February 19
Hughes Hollow, Montgomery County, MD
One-third day. Mixed habitat of water, fields, and edges with good variety of wintering species—sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl. Meet time/place: 8 am at parking lot on Hughes Rd off River Rd. Make reservation (15-person limit) with leader Jim Nelson, kingfishers2@verizon.net.

Wednesday, February 22
Woodbridge/Occoquan Bay NWR, VA
See December 21 listing for details.

Saturday, February 25
Riley's Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery County, MD
Half day. Winter residents, possible raptors and wintering ducks. Leaders will have scope for a view from the bridge at Riley's. Meet time/place: 8 am at Riley's Lock. Make reservation with leaders Lisa Shannon and Rob Hilton, lpshannon@gmail.com.


Wednesday, March 8, Tuesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 16
Riley’s Lock and Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co. MD
Informal late afternoon walks until dusk. Joint trip with Montgomery Bird Club. Meet time/place: Meet promptly at 4 pm at the end of Seneca Rd at Riley's Lock “on the bridge.” We will be checking out the river, and the leader will not leave Riley’s for Hughes Hollow until 5:30 pm. Highlights here will include waterfowl flying into roost. We will try for displaying woodcock if they are in the vicinity. Bring scope, flashlight and wear “muddy conditions” footwear. Reservations not required—all are welcome. For more info call the leader Jim Green, 301-742-0036 (cell).

Saturday, March 11
Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area, Prince George’s Co, MD
Half day. Joint trip with Montgomery Bird Club. Waterfowl, Wilson’s Snipe, winter and early spring songbirds. Ospreys displaying. Meet time/place: 8 am at parking lot by park hdqtrs. Wear mud-conditions footgear. Make reservation (15-person limit) with John Bjerke at johnbjerke1@mac.com.

Wednesday, March 29
Woodbridge/Occoquan Bay NWR, VA
See December 21 listing for details.