ASCM News


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The Fall 2017 ASCM Seed Sale is Open for Orders!

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ASCM Nature Walk - Saturday, October 21st!

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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 Fall 2017 ASCM Seed Sale!

As you might expect with the crazy weather patterns we're seeing, the upcoming Winter season is looking to be anything but predictable. There is one certainty though: Winter IS coming!

Another certainty is that Winter in our area is always a tough time for those of our feathered friends that don't migrate to warmer climates! Like the good friends they are, these creatures stick with us through thick and thin, giving us a bit of daily entertainment at our bird feeders, along with a glimpse of nature's beauty to see us through the dreary Winter months.

With that in mind, we are now accepting orders for the
ASCM Fall 2017 Bird Seed Sale, to help you help the birds this Winter!

Be on the lookout for your order form, coming soon to an email-box near you!

Order pickup dates are set for
October 28th in Clarksville, and November 4th in Mount Airy.

If you're not yet on our e-mailing list, or perhaps missed the email, or you'd just like to get a head start on planning for the 2017-2018 Winter bird feeding months, you can view our order form in your browser by clicking
here, or download the Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) version here.

General information on our two annual bird seed sales, including maps for the pickup locations, is available here.

As in years past, we are committed to providing you with the very freshest seed stock available, at very favorable prices!

And while you're thinking about your bird seed order, Please consider volunteering to help out on our Seed Sale pickup days! The old adage "Many hands make light work" is truly applicable, and we will put your helping hands to good use, whether outdoors, helping to load orders into customers' cars, or indoors, keeping all the paperwork straight! Refreshments and a light lunch are provided! See the Seed Sale Order Form for contact information to volunteer on either pick-up day. Whatever time you can spare, an hour or two, or more, will be a great help!

As always, we sincerely appreciate your orders, your volunteer assistance, and your loyalty through the years. Each and every bird seed order, large or small, that you place through the ASCM helps to support our educational programs and habitat restoration efforts. THANK YOU!


Item 2: Audubon Nature Walks!


For our October, 2017 ASCM Nature Walk, we will be investigating Fall Migration!

Please join us on
Saturday, October 21st, 9 to 11 am, at our Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary, near New Market.

What could be better than a walk through the sanctuary's sunny meadows and 
peaceful woods on a cool, crisp autumn day?

We can expect to see numerous birds on their way south for the winter, many of them feeding on the seeds of the tall warm-season grasses that fill the meadows.

With luck, we should see some hawks soaring overhead.

We will be keeping a special eye out for the Red-breasted Nuthatch, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and the Palm Warbler, all of which may be moving through our area. Dust off your binoculars and bring them with you!

We will meet at 9 a.m. at the Sanctuary entrance, which is on the east side of Boyer’s Mill Road just one mile north of Rte. 144 in New Market (
view a map). (If you'll be navigating by GPS, the approximate street address is 6011 Boyers Mill Road, New Market, Maryland 21774.)

For more information, contact Crystal Kunst at 443-536-3071 or by
email.

Please note that no rest room facilities are available at the Sanctuary. The walk will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

You'll find directions and maps to our Audubon Sanctuaries, plus more information on our past and upcoming Nature Walks, by clicking
here. We hope you'll be able to join us for one or all of our future walks!

Remember, ASCM Nature Walks are always
free of charge, and suitable for the whole family. People of all ages are welcome (but no pets, please). Bring binoculars if you have them, and as always, wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather and a fairly easy hiking pace.

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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: 10.05.17