Joining YMOS is a terrific avenue for getting kids outside, meeting others, having fun, and learning about birds and nature. Events include weekend outings to one or more birding hotspots in Maryland, accompanied by YMOS leaders and interested parents. Enthusiasm is infectious as kids learn bird identification by bird calls as well as appearance. Parents may get the “bug” as well.
Birding outings throughout the year basically build skills for the annual Maryland birdathon to identify as many birds species as possible in one day, soliciting pledges based on the number of species seen that will support YMOS teams to compete in the World Series of Birding competition each May sponsored by the New Jersey Audubon Society. Maryland’s young birders almost always finish near the top.