Howard County Bird Club

The Howard County Bird Club, organized in 1972, is one of 15 Maryland Ornithological Society chapters. It is dedicated to the enjoyment, appreciation, protection, and conservation of birds and other natural resources. The club holds monthly meetings from September through May, sponsors three seasonal bird counts as well as dozens of field trips, and provides references and support for birders OF ALL LEVELS.

Visit the HCBC Website


Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from September through May at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane (on the west side of Columbia just north of MD 32). Hospitality at 7:00 p.m.; meeting/program at 7:30 p.m. No nature center entrance fee for bird club events.



State Directors

Previous Howard County Bird officers (PDF)

Chapter Directors


  • Field Trips: Joe Hanfman
  • Ornithological Data Records: Jo Solem
  • Conservation: Kurt Schwarz
  • Webmaster: Bob Solem
  • Pot Luck: Kathie Lillie
  • Programs: Sue Muller
  • Seed Sale: Ward Ebert
  • Publicity: Allen Lewis
  • Facebook: Tony VanSchoor

Get Involved

  • HCBC field trips are an excellent way to improve birding skills whatever your experience level. Trips provide opportunities to explore new sites and meet other birders.
  • Seasonal counts are held the first Saturday of February, the second Saturday of May, and the third Saturday of September. All birders are welcome; beginners can ask to accompany skilled individuals.
  • The Chandler S. Robbins SkyWatch at Mount Pleasant is a birding and meeting place. On weekends, especially during migration, folks who drop by are likely to find experienced birders scanning the sky for raptors and other migrants.


You may join the HCBC via the HCBC website or paper form or online below.

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Howard County Bird Club Membership - Household
$40 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Howard County Bird Club Membership - Individual
$25 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Howard County Bird Club Membership - Junior
$5 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Howard County Bird Club Membership - Affiliated
$5 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Memberships for those who are members of another MOS chapter.
Howard County Bird Club Membership - Sustaining
$90 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019

Stay Informed

Birding in Howard County

County Locations for Birding

Butterfly Group

This group makes presentations to interested groups on the identification of and information about butterflies, including tips to make gardens more butterfly friendly. Butterfly field trips are also offered.

Natural History

  • Members have a wide range of nature-related interests. Photos and species lists are available for the following: Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Herps (reptiles and amphibians), Lichens, Mosses, and Fungi.
  • Links on Howard web page

HCBC Conservation Efforts

  • Through its Habitat Preservation Fund, the HCBC has, for more than 40 years, used proceeds from its annual seed sale and individual donations, to preserve and maintain bird habitats locally, regionally, and in Latin America.
  • Members support county bioblitzes.
  • HCBC frequently co-sponsors events with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. For 12 years, the two groups sponsored an annual county dragonfly count. During the five-year Maryland Herp Atlas, HCBC members assisted in collecting data, and county maps were posted to the club’s website. The Butterfly Group and several pollinator meadows are cooperative arrangements between  the two groups.
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Upcoming Events

Sep 01

Dick Smith Memorial Butterfly Walk

September 1 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Columbia MD
Sep 05

Birding at Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

September 5 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Columbia MD
Sep 08

Birding at Rockburn Branch Park

September 8 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elkridge MD
Sep 11

Birding Mt. Pleasant Farm

September 11 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Woodstock MD
Sep 12

Meeting: Howard County Bird Club

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Columbia MD