Eastern Shore Birds
Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.
The field component of the 5-year MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Project concluded at the end of 2006. A total of 203 species were identified Statewide; 187 of these were confirmed as breeders. Statewide Atlas Coordinator for the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) Walter Ellison is now combining the field data with individual species accounts, distribution maps, and population trends for publication in a book to be published by Johns Hopkins Press. Species data and maps may be viewed and downloaded from the web site of the Maryland Ornithological Society; go to http://www.mdbirds.org, follow the Breeding Bird Atlas link, and click on the “Data Entry” link to reach the interactive web page.
Dr. Wayne Bell served as Atlas Coordinator for Kent County during his tenure as Director for the Center for Environment & Society. In addition, he used Atlas methods as part of the EarthTech Program, a series of environmental education workshops and research projects involving teachers, public and private school students, and Washington College undergraduate interns that used birds as a paradigm for understanding and teaching the principles of biodiversity on the working landscapes of the Eastern Shore. These activities were conducted with the assistance of students and science teachers from the Centreville Middle School (Queen Anne’s County Public Schools) and Washington College undergraduates. In May 2006 several of the participants journeyed to Caen, France, to present at the Seventh International Conference for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 7). Their contribution has been accepted for publication as part of the EMECS 7 Proceedings: C. Brinster, A. Spears, J. White (CMS students), G. Radcliffe (CMS Science Teacher), S. Brown, K. Kraeer (WC seniors), W. Bell. 2008 (in press). The Effects of Forest Fragmentation on Bird Species Diversity on a Coastal Watershed Landscape: a Field Research and Environmental Education Project. Oceanus, in press.
Bird Club Schedules
Caroline County Chapter
The Oldest Eastern Shore Chapter of The Maryland Ornithological Society
Meetings: all held at the Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton - Large meeting room. All activities are free and open to the public.
Talbot County Chapter
Maryland Ornithological Society
“Every day a bluebird day”
- Terry Allen, President 410-829-5840, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dave Palmer, Vice President 410-829-3376, email@example.com
- Les Roslund, Treasurer 410-763-8169, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paul Thut, Secretary 410-745-6657 email@example.com
The Talbot e-mail birding hotline keeps members informed of sightings, regional rare bird alerts, and special announcements. It is maintained by Les Roslund and is subscription is free. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to any of the officers whose e-mail address is listed above. Send sightings or alerts directly to Les Roslund.
Guests are always welcome, and that includes the Sunday morning breakfasts. To reserve your place at the table, just come along on the bird walk and be counted!
We are grateful to all landowners who have embraced our love of this region’s wonderful array of resident and migratory birds and invited us to enjoy them on their private properties.
This is a true privilege for members and guests which we never take for granted.
We also thank the very special people who host the breakfasts after many of our Sunday morning walks. We are very lucky to be able to share Eastern Shore birdlife with each of you.
Kent County Chapter
Maryland Ornithological Society