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Welcome to the Southern Maryland Audubon Society

The mission of the Southern Maryland Audubon Society is “to promote appreciation, conservation, and protection of birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats through education, research and outreach”.

We would like to invite you to join us in the many ways we work to fulfill our mission. We have monthly meetings and field trips throughout most of the year, offer a variety of ways to become involved in the local birding community and produce an excellent newsletter we are proud to share with you. Please explore our website and then consider joining us for an adventure outdoors sometime. We’d love to have you.


Birding in Southern Maryland is a 16 page brochure created by the Southern Maryland Audubon Society to help the birding community find local bird watching locations. It covers Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and southern Prince George’s counties. It is available HERE for download as a PDF file. You can print out a paper copy or save it to your smart phone or tablet to have handy for your next bird watching outing.


Congratulations to Ernie Willoughby, Conservationist of the Year for 2015!

At the SMAS annual meeting and picnic on June 7, Ernie Willoughby received the Conservationist of the Year award. Ernie has been an active chapter member since 1972 and has served on the Board in nearly every capacity, including President from 2003-2006. Mr. Willoughby was a Biology Professor for 28 years at St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, MD and is nationally known and published  as a specialist in songbird molts and plumages. He has been a modest and scholarly mentor to many current and former members of SMAS.

Conservationist Award 2015

Ernie Willoughby (center) received a certificate from SMAS Secretary Lynne Wheeler acknowledging his Conservationist of the Year award for 2015. Michael Patterson, President of SMAS, presented Mr. Willoughby with framed artwork, produced by Mark Hayes, depicting an Osprey pair at their nest.

Southern Maryland Audubon Society © 2014 -- Osprey photo by Bill Townsend