Baltimore Bird Club

The Baltimore Bird Club is a Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society serving Baltimore City and Baltimore County since 1945.

After more than seven decades, the BBC remains a viable and healthy club dedicated to bird watching, bird science, and bird conservation. Our core values and activities have remained the same and our dedicated corps of volunteers continues to replenish itself. But there has been a fundamental change in birding since 1945—the introduction of electronics! The next few decades promise to introduce some significant changes in how we bird and what we know about birds.

The BALTIMORE BIRD CLUB welcomes anyone who has an interest in birds, whether a novice or experienced ornithologist, and whether you enjoy watching birds at your feeder or traveling throughout the State. Our members learn from one another and are willing to share their knowledge. Membership in the Chapter includes membership in the Maryland Ornithological Society. You will find membership in the BALTIMORE BIRD CLUB of the Maryland Ornithological Society to be a rewarding and enlightening experience.

Visit the Baltimore Bird Club Website

Meetings

Baltimore Bird Club schedule

Monthly lectures and slide shows are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month, September-November and March-May at the Greenhouse Classroom at Cylburn Arboretum. In 2018 we meet on Nov. 13, not Nov. 6, to avoid Election Day. Doors open at 7:00 pm for socializing and snacks, lecture starts about 7:20 pm.

Board meetings are usually held at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, also at the Greenhouse Classroom. While only authorized Board members have a vote, any Club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions.

Officers

President: Peter Lev, plev@comcast.net, or 410 823-2962.

Membership Secretary: Terry Ross, 4128 Roland Ave Apt 2, Baltimore, MD 21211

Membership

Join the BALTIMORE BIRD CLUB today

You are invited to discover the activities and benefits of membership in the Baltimore Bird Club, including

  • Frequent Field Trips at Diverse Locations
  • Annual Bird Counts
  • State (The Yellowthroat) and Chapter (Chip Notes) Newsletters
  • Lectures and Slide Presentations
  • Social Activities
  • Sanctuaries (some with overnight accommodations)
  • Annual State Conference (members from all chapters meet for a weekend of birding)
  • Participation in any other MOS Chapter’s Activities
  • Bird / Nature Museum (in Cylburn Carriage House, by appointment, 410-367-2217)
  • Scholarships
  • Loan of Bird Slide Collection or Mounted Specimens (to artists, schools, etc.)
  • Conservation Activities

The BALTIMORE BIRD CLUB welcomes anyone who has an interest in birds, whether a novice or experienced ornithologist, and whether you enjoy watching birds at your feeder or traveling throughout the State. Our members learn from one another and are willing to share their knowledge. Membership in the Chapter includes membership in the Maryland Ornithological Society. You will find membership in the BALTIMORE BIRD CLUB of the Maryland Ornithological Society to be a rewarding and enlightening experience.


                                HALF    CHAPTER
DUES CATEGORY         YEAR      YEAR     ONLY*       MAIL APPLICATION & DUES TO:
Individual             $35     $17.50     $15             Terry Ross
Household              $45     $22.50     $20             Membership Secretary
Sustaining            $100     $50.00     $50             4128 Roland Ave Apt 2
Junior (through 17)    $10     $10.00      $5             Baltimore, MD 21211

Membership year is September 1 through August 31. Individual and Household members joining in February, March, or April may pay the half-year rate. A full year’s dues received after April 30 will be applied to the next membership year.

*Chapter Only membership is available only to MOS members who are already members of another MOS chapter or who are MOS life members.

Membership - Individual
$35 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Membership - Household
$45 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Membership - Junior (through 17)
$10 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Membership - Sustaining
$100 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Baltimore Bird Club Membership - Household - Affiliated
$20 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Member of another MOS Chapter
Baltimore Bird Club Membership - Individual - Affiliated
$15 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Member of another MOS Chapter
Baltimore Bird Club Membership - Sustaining - Affiliated
$50 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Member of another MOS Chapter
Baltimore Bird Club Membership - Junior - Affiliated
$5 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Member of another MOS Chapter

Stay informed

Baltimore Bird Club on Facebook.

County Locations for Birding

See descriptions from the out-of-print Birder’s Guide to Baltimore for two favorite Baltimore sites:

Birds of North Point State Park in Baltimore County.

The Irvine Nature Center, in Baltimore County.

The Lake Roland Nature Council, which has an excellent map of the park’s trails.

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center, in Baltimore County.

Checklist of Baltimore Birds

This list is designed to provide the birder with an idea of what may be expected in any given season. Seasonal abundance is shown in the following table for the 266 species that regularly occur here, as documented in the third edition of The Field List of the Birds of MD, aka The Yellow Book, by Marshall J. Iliff, Robert F. Ringler and James Stasz (1996). The species order follows that of the 2012 AOU Checklist. There are also links to species accounts for each bird found in Wikipedia and in All About Birds, the online bird guide of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The idea for adding the links, and the link themselves, were provided to BBC by Alex Lima, who describes himself as “a curious person with peculiar tastes that likes organizing lists.” Thank you Alex for helping us out! There is also a list of an additional 73 species listed as “accidental” or “historical” that have occurred in Baltimore at least once in recorded history, though many of these are seen at intervals in the appropriate habitat. Please send comments or corrections to Terry Ross.

Local Conservation Groups/Issues

• The goal of Lights Out Baltimore! is “to make Charm City safe for migratory birds by turning out decorative lighting in the city during peak migration seasons, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and to advocate for bird-safe building design that makes glass and windows visible to birds.” Learn more at the Lights Out Baltimore site.

• The BBC also maintains the Backyard Birding page.

2018 Top Conservation Actions