Washington County Bird Club

The Washington County Bird Club is a compatible group of people who enjoy seeing birds not usually found in our back yards, observing bird behaviors, and being outdoors. We are environmentally conscious, understanding the impact environmental issues have on birds and ultimately, humans as well. Field trips are planned to satisfy all of these pursuits, as well as provide fellowship opportunities.

Visit the Washington County Bird Club Website

Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, September-May at 7:00 PM at the Mt. Aetna Nature Center on Mt. Aetna Road east off of Maryland Route 66 near Hagerstown.

Turn north on Rte. 66 off of I-70 toward Smithsburg, turn east on Mt. Aetna Road at the traffic roundabout – the nature center is less than a mile on the right. Speakers are recognized experts in their fields, and present topics such as bird identification, birding experiences, conservation issues, research projects, and reintroductory programs. Meetings are over before 9:30PM. Two of the meetings, October and January, are preceded by a pot-luck supper at 6:00PM. Everyone brings a dish to share and their own place setting and drink.

Mark Abdy


Bruce Field

Anna Hutzell

Corresponding Secretary
Cheryl Saylor

Recording Secretary
Linda Field

State Director
Mark Abdy

How to Join

Dues are payable each September and include notification of local chapter activities, the MOS publications Maryland Birdlife journal and Maryland Yellowthroat newsletter, and membership in the statewide Maryland Ornithological Society! There are two ways to join – register online below, or send a check with your information.

Membership Levels:

Individual: $25
Household: $30
Student/Junior: $5.00
Associate: $5 (an associate holds their primary membership in another MOS chapter).

To pay by check please send your payment to:

Mark Abdy / President / Washington County Bird Club
PO Box 213
Sharpsburg, MD  21782
Contact Mark for further information at mjabdy@yahoo.com

Register online:

*** Renewing members please login first to pay your dues. ***

*** New members joining online after March 1 will be extended to August of next year after processing. ***

Washington County Bird Club Membership - Individual
$25 for membership September 1 - August 31.
Washington County Bird Club Membership - Household
$30 for membership September 1 - August 31.
Washington County Bird Club Membership - Junior (under age 18)
$5 for membership September 1 - August 31. Membership for students under the age of eighteen.
Washington County Bird Club Membership - Affiliated
$5 for membership September 1 - August 31. Membership for those who are members of another, primary MOS chapter.

Join us one on of our field trips.

Count Coordinators

C&O Canal Mid-winter Count Jim Speicher
May Count Mark Abdy 301-432-7696
Fall Count Doris Berger 301-739-8907
Christmas Bird Count Mark Abdy 301-432-7696

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