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.

Bird Friendly Habitat – Prep Now for Fall and Winter


Help our southern Maryland birds thrive and survive this winter by providing food, water, shelter, and nesting places. With these simple steps below, you can provide a more friendly community for migratory and resident birds.

Fall: Prepping for winter travels

  • Clean birdfeeders to prepare for healthy feeding all winter long.
  • Take advantage of cooler temps to plant bird-friendly trees such as crabapples, dogwoods, spruce and pines.
  • If you have space, considering placing leaf mulch under bushes and leave tree and shrub trimmings in a pile along the edge of your lawn.  Birds will forage through the leaves for insects to eat and use twigs and other materials to build nests.

 Winter: A time for the hardy!

  • In snow-heavy climates, keep birdfeeders full all winter long. Sunflower seeds, suet and millet are popular choices.
  • Keep birdbaths from freezing with a small water heater set at a comfortable setting.
  • Start planning your spring garden now.  Use a notebook and large graph paper to itemize plants, design layout and determine the best nesting boxes for your space. Nesting boxes can be built during the winter so they’re ready for installing in March.bluejay
Southern Maryland Audubon Society © 2014 -- Osprey photo by Bill Townsend