Patterson Park Audubon Center, Baltimore’s only Audubon center, leads hands-on activities that connect a multicultural community with nature in an urban setting, empowering neighbors through action projects to enhance bird habitat in Baltimore.
Audubon is lucky to have beautiful Patterson Park as an outdoor “classroom,” and its bilingual education team is dedicated to helping migratory birds that rely on this urban oasis as a place to rest and refuel during their long journeys.
PPAC offers science-based programs to schools and hosts volunteer opportunities for community, corporate, and student groups. Individual volunteers assist on Audubon-led, educational adventures and improve and expand our bird-friendly community gardens.
Part of National Audubon Society, PPAC welcomes you to activities for all ages: nature-themed classes about the park’s plants and animals, bird habitat stewardship, and wildlife gardening workshops to create a bird-friendly garden at home. Some programs are taught in English and others entirely in Spanish.
PPAC’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of Baltimore communities and the earth’s biological diversity.
Audubon serves as a local leader in nature-based education, urban bird conservation, and community revitalization. We welcome volunteers to join our team to improve communities for birds and people!
Patterson Park Audubon Center is part of the Audubon Maryland-DC team, which includes:
- Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton, MD serves the Talbot County community and Eastern Shore.
- Important Bird Area Program works with an international network to ensure habitat for populations of birds.
- Chesapeake Audubon Society is an independant, local Audubon chapter of bird-lovers and volunteers in the central Maryland region.
The Delmarva Birding Weekends are organized by Conservation Community Consulting, LLC, along with a host of other sponsors and partners. The Delmarva Peninsula possesses an extensive variety of environments, including barrier islands, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval forests. Our annual Delmarva Birding Weekends celebrate the amazing warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors that visit and live here on the peninsula.
Since 1995, the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend combines boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions by foot when migrating neo-tropical warblers are passing through our region. Since 2016, our Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend has featured boating and hiking trips with a special emphasis on winter waterfowl and raptors.
In 2017, we’ll pair great birding and great coffee shops and breweries with our monthly “Beans, Birds & Beers” series, and we’ll be working with Smith Island to run special trips to Maryland’s only inhabited island, home to one of the northernmost Brown Pelican nesting colonies on the planet. We’ll also be working with the inaugural Baltimore Birding Weekend, the 2nd annual Delmarva Paddling Weekend, and the 25th annual Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding & Wildlife Festival!
Field trips take place in the land and water that feed into the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and the Atlantic coastal bays. More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the region. 202 species were tallied during the 2009 spring Delmarva Birding Weekend!
Participating birders help birds by promoting bird and habitat conservation. Birders, both novice and experienced, can make an important statement about the economic value of birds and their habitats through low-impact tourism. Birders are encouraged to remind local businesses that they are here to enjoy the natural areas of the Delmarva Peninsula and Baltimore and the birds that inhabit them.