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Field Research Station

Maryland Birds- Ecology and Conservation Summer Program

Join us for a fun and educational introduction into the birds of the Delmarva including insight into their ecology, habitat requirements, conservation status and how we can protect their environments.

Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society, in conjunction with YMOS is pleased to announce the Maryland Birds: Ecology & Conservation summer program for 2020.  The residential program will run from July 14-17, 2020 and be based out of Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Participants, through intensive field trips to a variety of habitats, will learn how to:

  • identify birds by sight and sound,
  • recognize and document breeding bird behavior for atlasing
  • collect data for research purposes
  • explore career options relating to wildlife, and
  • contribute to bird conservation activities

During the week, participants will work in the field and the classroom with trained ornithologists and researchers.  Our trips will focus on various habitat types, such as eastern deciduous forests at Susquehanna State Park, marshes at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, grasslands at Washington College’s River and Field Campus, rivers, and more.  Binoculars will be provided for those who need them.


The program is open to students entering grades 10-12, and previous birding experience is unnecessary if participants have a strong interest in the outdoors and nature. This will be a small group (maximum of 13 students).  Leaders are Washington College Field Ecologists Maren Gimpel and Dan Small.


PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CAMP.  This is a rigorous educational program for students interested in birds and the environment.  We will have long days in the field, starting before dawn and evening lectures.


For more information contact Maren Gimpel at mgimpel2@washcoll.edu  

Registration Now Open!

Applications due May 1, 2020


The cost of the program is a flat rate of $700 (price includes lodging, meals and local transportation)