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.


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:

Adult   $25.00

Household $30.00

Student  $5.00

Associate $5.00 (associate is a primary member of another MOS chapter)

Send your payment to:

Shirley Ford / WCBC Treasurer

16909 Eylers Valley Road

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Contact Shirley for further information at 301-241-3020 or bluebirdlover12@outlook.com

Or register online:

Washington County Bird Club Membership - Individual
$25 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Washington County Bird Club Membership - Household
$30 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Washington County Bird Club Membership - Student
$5 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Washington County Bird Club Membership - Affiliated
$5 for access until Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Membership for those who are members of another MOS chapter.

Get Involved

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