ASCM News


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ASCM 2017 Native Plant Sale - Thank You!

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ASCM Nature Walk - Rescheduled for 5/20/17!

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ASCM Garden Grant Program

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ASCM Project Teams

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Other Local Events and Activities

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ASCM eNewsletter + Join Us on Facebook !

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Become an ASCM Volunteer!

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Bird Counts (Part 1)

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Please check back often for updates!



Item 1: The 2017 ASCM Native Plant Sale!

Thanks to all of our wonderful customers and volunteers for another successful Native Plant Sale. We truly appreciate your continuing support!


Item 2: Audubon Nature Walks!


Please note the new date for our Bird Banding Demonstration Nature Walk, rescheduled from 5/13 to 5/20 because of extended rainfall and very muddy conditions at the
Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary.

We'll be hosting our May, 2017 Nature Walk on Saturday, May 20th, from 8 to 10 a.m. at our Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary near Mount Airy.

>>>>> Please note that this month's walk starts one hour earlier than usual! <<<<<

The focus of this month's walk will be a Bird Banding Demonstration. Birds will be safely captured in special netting, fitted with a numbered aluminum band, and released unharmed, with their species, band number and other vital information noted. If we are lucky, we may re-capture birds that were banded last year.

Participants will get to see how our trained bird banding team members catch and handle the birds, and have a chance to see these beautiful creatures, possibly closer than ever before!

Because birds are most readily caught early in the morning, participants will have to be out and about when the birds are, so please note that we'll be starting this month's walk at 8 AM!

Plan to meet at 8 a.m. near the entry gate to the sanctuary, located at 13030 Old Annapolis Road (between Charles Drive and Detrick Road) in Mt. Airy. You can't miss our new sign by the Sanctuary entrance! (Here's a link to a map.)

For more information contact Crystal Kunst by email.

Our monthly Nature Walks are always free of charge, and suitable for people of all ages and levels of birding experience. Bring binoculars if you have them, and as always, wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather and a fairly easy hiking pace.

Again, please remember that this month we'll be starting earlier, at 8 a.m., at the entry gate to the sanctuary. 

Note that rest room facilities at the sanctuary are limited, and the walk will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

You'll find directions and maps to both of our local Audubon Sanctuaries, plus more information on our Nature Walk schedule, by clicking here. We hope you'll be able to join us for one or all of our events!

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Item 3: The ASCM Garden Grant Program


The ASCM Garden Grant Program application period for SY 2015-2016 has ended. Stay tuned for the announcement of grant recipients!

If you are an educator associated with a primary or secondary school within our Audubon membership area, please consider the educational benefits of starting or expanding a garden at your school, and consider applying for an ASCM grant to help fund your efforts!

If you are a parent who would like to foster hands-on garden and habitat creation at the school your child attends, please bring our program to your school's attention!

Check our Garden Grants web page for all the detals on this valuable program.

The program opens with the start of each school year, and grant applications are accepted through mid December of each year, with the successful applicants announced in January.

Thank You for your interest and participation!

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Item 4: Join an Elite Team!


You have very likely noticed that we are a 100% volunteer organization. And we are always looking for folks who are willing and able to lend a helping hand with the many activities and projects we have in the works.

We are currently forming teams to start whittling away at the ever-long list of things needing attention at our two Audubon Sanctuaries.

Projects range from invasive plant control to brd nest monitoring to filling in woodchuck holes along our walking trails.

You can see the range of stuff on our To-Do List on our Projects page. If something there piques your curiosity, please let us know!

True, it is "work", but the proverb, "Many hands make light work", definitely applies. Plus, you'll get to meet a great group of fellow volunteers, and you'll savor the beauty and tranquility of the Sanctuaries even more, knowing that you're helping to maintain and improve them.

All skill levels and abilities are welcome, whether you're already an experienced birder or naturalist, a seasoned woodchuck-hole filler, or simply have basic knowledge of digging implement or lopper operation! If none of the above apply, we gladly provide on-the-job training!

If you would like to enlist in the Sanctuary Team effort, please let us know! Send us an email, or call 301-831-5060 for more information.

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Item 5: Other Events in the Area


1. Please join the Audubon Society of Central Maryland (ASCM) and Columbia Families in Nature on Sunday, June 5, 2016, 3-5 pm for a BioBlitz. This family-friend event will introduce participants to the fields, woods, and wetlands of the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary in Mt. Airy, inviting adults and children of all ages and field skills to explore and learn about the natural wonders of Central Maryland.

Expert naturalists will lead the groups and teach participants to use iNaturalist smartphone apps, field guides, binoculars, butterfly nets, and other tools for getting to know the birds, frogs, and other living things around us. The event is outdoors, and participants are encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeves, sunscreen, insect spray, sun protective hats, and sturdy walking shoes. Please bring water as well as smartphones and binoculars if you have them.

Registration is required. Volunteers are also welcome. The Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary is located at 13030 Old Annapolis Road, Mt. Airy, MD. Contact Shannon Kennedy of ASCM by email with inquiries. Please note: there are no restroom facilities at the sanctuary.

2. Have you heard about the Neighborhood Green Workshops? They have helped a number of local residents make their property more environmentally friendly! For more information and to register for information on future events, go to the web site.

3. The Carroll County Weed Warriors offer periodic free training sessions on the identification and removal of invasive exotic weeds. Participants in these sessions need not be Carroll County residents.

Training is accomplished in two sessions: a one-hour online training session to be taken at home, followed by a two-hour hands-on field session, typically held on a Saturdays at either Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster, MD or at Piney Run Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, MD 21784.

To inquire about upcoming sessions and enroll, email the Carroll County Forestry Board for more information. In response, you will receive information on scheduled sessions, plus a registration form and instructions for accessing the online training.

3. The Maryland Forestry Conservancy sponsors a camp for high schoolers interested in a career in forestry or other environmental areas. The website is http://www.marylandforestryboards.org/nrcc.cfm. The Carroll County Forest Conservancy Board (sponsor of the weed warriors) pays the fees above the $100 activity fee for two Carroll County students. Other Maryland counties may also pay part of the fees for two students from their counties.

4. Do you know of an event or activity in our area that would be of interest to birders and nature lovers? We can post information on it here! Just send us an email. Thank you!

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Item 6: Newsletter News!


Have you seen our ASCM e-newsletter yet? We publish one almost every month to help keep our members and friends up-to-date on our Chapter activities. You can sign up for it with an email to us that includes your valid email address. (We do not sell or share your contact information!) If you'd like to catch up on past editions, we keep an archive back to July, 2009. See the Newsletter page for subscription and archive links.

We're also on Facebook! If you are already a Facebook user or would like to join, please click this logo to follow us and get up-to-the-minute information on all our events and activities.

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Item 7: ASCM Needs You!


If you have enjoyed our Audubon Sanctuaries and Nature Walks, or any of the other programs we conduct and support through the year, you are also no doubt aware that these things happen only because of the work of dedicated volunteers!

If you'd like to lend us a hand, we always have a variety of opportunities for Volunteering open for your consideration.

Please let one of our Nature Walk guides know if you can help, or drop us an email. Your participation and help is welcomed and appreciated!

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Item 8: Bird Counts - You Can Help! (part 1)


The Audubon Society of Central Maryland holds four annual bird counts, two at each of our local sanctuaries, located near Mount Airy and New Market, Maryland. For planning:

- The 2017 mid-Winter counts will be scheduled for consecutive weekend days in January, 2017, one day for each sancturary.

- The Spring counts at our two sanctuaries will be scheduled for consecutive weekend days in May, 2017, one day for each sanctuary.

For information on how you can participate in one or more of these important wildlife monitoring activities, contact David Smith, our Birdathon Coordinator, at 410-549-7082 or click here for email.

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Item 9: Bird Counts - You Can Help! (part 2)


The National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada jointly sponsor a number of important bird count activities during the year, particularly during the Winter months. They make it easy for you to participate, no matter your level of birding experience, and your input is a valued contribution to several important research efforts.

If you have a bit of time to help between November 2016 and the beginning of April 2017, please click here for more information.

In particular, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun and easy birding event open to everyone. For 2017, the GBBC will be conducted between Friday, February 17th and the following Monday, February 20th (i.e., over the Presidents' Day weekend).

Remember, just by doing what you enjoy doing anyway, watching the birds at your feeders, you can help to make this annual event successful. Your bird counting contributions count, and it's always impressive to see how the many small contributions add up to create a big, comprehensive picture of our U.S. bird population. Click on the button below to get more information on the GBBC and to check up on past years' results.

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Updated: 05.12.17

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