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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. Please register at https://ansevents.eventsmart.com.

2016/Early 2017 Christmas Bird Counts

November

Sunday, November 6
Eastern Neck NWR, Kent County, MD
Full day. Expect to finish around 2:30 pm. Good variety of waterfowl, some waterbirds, gulls, and terns as well as landbirds, hawks, and eagles in mixed farm, woodland, pond, and bay areas. Bring pack lunch and warm drinks. Meet time/place: 8:30 am at the Tundra Swan Boardwalk. Make reservation (15-person limit) with leader Paul DeAnna before 11/3 at ppdeanna47@gmail.com or 202-544-2680.

Saturday, November 12
Blue Mash Nature Trail, Montgomery County, MD
One-third day. Hawks, sparrows, finches, and other woodland birds. Meet time/place: 8 am at Zion Road parking lot. Waterproof footwear strongly recommended. Make reservation (10-person limit) with leaders Len Bisson and Lisa Norwalk at lhnorwalk@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 19
Mattawoman Wildlands, Marbury, Charles County, MD
Half day. Joint trip with SoMD Audubon. Large concentrations of waterfowl on the Mattawoman Creek, along with songbirds, woodpeckers (some red-headed), and raptors. Meet time/place: 7:45 am at Lackey High School parking lot, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd, Indian Head, MD 20640. Bring waterproof shoes or low boots, and dress for possible wind. Be prepared for one-mile walk to and from the head of the trail and then a half-milk walk on uneven forest trail. Make reservation (10-person limit) with leader Lynne Wheeler at comstockel@aol.com or 301-751-8097. Bob Lukinic will co-lead.

Wednesday, November 30
Woodbridge/Occoquan Bay NWR, VA
Half 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.

December

Sunday, December 11
Huntley Meadows, Fairfax County, VA
Half day. Wintering waterfowl and other winter residents, Bald Eagles a possibility. Meet time/place: 8 am at parking lot. Make reservation (12-person limit) with leader Stephen Jones at srjones1111@aol.com or 301-320-3518.

Wednesday December 21
Woodbridge/Occoquan Bay NWR, VA
Half 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.

January

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, VA
See December 21 listing for details.

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.

February

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.

March

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.