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.

October Monthly Program Meeting—Brown Pelicans of the Chesapeake Bay

October 5, 7:30-9:00 pm

DAVE BRINKER, Ecologist, MD DNR Natural Heritage Program


A Brown Pelican and Herring Gull appear to be having a “conversation.”

During the mid-1900s Brown Pelicans seriously declined along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and were eventually listed as a threatened species. Historically, pelicans had never been recorded as a nesting species in Maryland or anywhere to the north. As pelican populations were recovering from the impacts of DDT, Dave discovered Maryland’s first Brown Pelican nesting in 1987. Since wandering into the Middle Atlantic States, Brown Pelican populations have increased dramatically. The remarkable expansion of local Brown Pelicans in the region will be presented. Come learn how adults feed tiny chicks, and where Maryland nesting pelicans spend their winters, along with other snippets of the natural history of this facilitating water bird. Mingling and refreshments start at 7 p.m. The meeting location is Flag Ponds Nature Park, 1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657.

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