The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) awards ecology or ornithology scholarships to Maryland teachers and naturalists for summer workshops at either the National Audubon Society’s camp on Hog Island in Maine or to the Maryland Birds and Habitats program at Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Each award covers the cost of tuition, room and board for an extensive five- or six-day course of study and instruction in ornithology, ecology, conservation, and natural history. Travel arrangements and costs are the recipient’s responsibility.

Up to ten scholarships may be awarded annually. Maine workshop selections may vary from year to year and are listed below and also available to download as a PDF.

  1. Building Better Birding SkillsJune 7 to June 12, 2020

During this camp, we will focus on building upon your birding skills to help make you a better birder. Our emphasis will be on how to find birds, identify them, understand the habitats they use, while developing and expanding your skills in identifying birds by ear through their vocalizations and song.

You will have opportunities to learn how to contribute to citizen science projects and instruction on how to use apps to enrich your knowledge and experiences as a birder.

We will explore habitats along the Maine coast seeking birds to study and provide you with the tools you’ll need to take back home and apply to birds around you. On trips around Hog Island, the mainland, and Muscongus Bay you will see Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Common Eider and more.

  1. Field OrnithologyJune 21 to June 26, 2020

Take a week of riveting field trips to habitats as diverse as offshore puffin islands (observed by boat), windswept blueberry barrens, lush grasslands, and sphagnum bog forests. Add some of the most respected bird experts in the country, and you have Field Ornithology on Hog Island – a layman’s exploration of all things avian, from basic bird biology to nesting behavior, songs, migration and conservation.

  1. Sharing Nature: An Educator’s WeekJuly 12 to July 17, 2020

Learn practical approaches and add inspiration to your environmental education curriculum during this action-packed program. Our experienced and enthusiastic instructors share their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging both children and adults with nature.

Workshops using techniques in art, music, theater, journaling and other disciplines will be presented, as well as a host of classic Audubon Camp field trips, including a boat trip to the restored Atlantic Puffin and Tern colony on Eastern Egg Rock, intertidal explorations, and hiking through Hog Island’s unspoiled spruce-fir forest. We’ll be exploring citizen science, creating some inquiry-based lessons on birds and other topics, and demonstrating both low and high-tech methods of teaching.”

For more information about these workshops, please refer to the Audubon Website.