Field Trips: Friday, May 18

MORNING TRIPS

Patterson Park (HIKING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Cost: $25/person
Meeting Location: 2901 E. Baltimore Street

Patterson Park Audubon Center can’t host the Baltimore Birding Weekend without a hike in our namesake park! Baltimore’s oldest park features 134 acres of open lawns and fields, mature trees, and a shallow wetland. 159 species of birds have been recorded in Patterson Park in May. Species may include Green Heron and Spotted Sandpiper in the park pond, and more than a dozen spring warblers in the trees. This hike will feature up to two miles of hiking on slightly hilly park paths. Restrooms available.

Masonville Cove (HIKING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Cost: $25/person
Meeting Location: Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center

Masonville Cove is 70 acres of water and 54 acres of restored wetlands, nature trails, and a protected bird sanctuary on a formerly neglected parcel of land in the Middle Branch. More than 135 species have been recorded here during the month of May. Species may include shorebirds such as Dunlin and Solitary Sandpiper, Bald Eagles, and both Orchard and Baltimore Orioles. This hike will feature up to two miles of hiking on mostly flat nature trails and dirt roads. Restrooms available.

Middle Branch to Southwest Area Park (HIKING/DRIVING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Cost: $25/person
Meeting Location: Middle Branch Park

Middle Branch Park is a 150 acres of woods and wetlands located on the “middle branch” of the Patapsco River near the Inner Harbor. Nearby, Southwest Area Park features open fields, forest and wetlands brimming with birds. More than 150 species have been recorded between the two parks in May. Sightings may include herons and shorebirds in the wetlands, and warblers, vireos and flycatchers in the forest. This trip will include one mile hikes along nature trails at both parks, and a 15-minute drive between sites. Restrooms available.

 

 

AFTERNOON TRIPS

Cylburn Arboretum (HIKING)
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $25/person
Meeting Location: Cylburn Arboretum

Cylburn Arboretum is a 200-acre urban oasis in Baltimore City. Cylburn is a place of natural beauty and learning with hundreds of specimen trees and plantings, gorgeous gardens, wooded trails, and an historic mansion. More than 130 species have been recorded here in May. Species may include Yellow-throated Vireo, Eastern Bluebird, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feeding among the flowers. This trip will include up to two miles of hiking along paved garden pathways and rustic nature trails. Note: please enter via Cold Spring Lane due to possible road closures before the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at nearby Pimlico Race Course. Restrooms available.

Masonville Cove (HIKING)
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $25/person
Meeting Location: Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center

Masonville Cove is 70 acres of water and 54 acres of restored wetlands, nature trails, and a protected bird sanctuary on a formerly neglected parcel of land in the Middle Branch. More than 135 species have been recorded here during the month of May. Species may include shorebirds such as Dunlin and Solitary Sandpiper, Bald Eagles, and both Orchard and Baltimore Orioles. This hike will feature up to two miles of hiking on mostly flat nature trails and dirt roads. Restrooms available.

Druid Hill Park (HIKING)
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $25/person
Meeting Location: Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Office at 3001 East Drive

Explore the 745 acres of open fields, hardwood forest and reservoir at Druid Hill Park in search of warblers, woodpeckers and waterfowl. More than 120 species have been recorded here in May. Join your guides for a special opportunity to view nesting Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and Baltimore Orioles above the Jones Falls. This trip will include short hikes on occassionally steep trails along the Jones Falls Trail. Restrooms available.

 

Birding by Boat in the Inner Harbor (BOAT)
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $35/person
Meeting Location: Baltimore Water Taxi dock at Canton Waterfront Park

We’ve chartered with Baltimore Water Taxi for a guided birding tour to explore the secret coves of the Inner Harbor. The boat will serve as a floating oberservation blind while we search for cormorants, gulls, and herons along the water, and Chimney Swifts and swallows along the Baltimore skyline. After the boat trip, join us for the Tally Rally just a short walk away at the Boathouse Canton at 6:00 pm! Restrooms unavailable for this trip.

 

 

Tally Rally at the Boathouse Canton
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: free, food and drink available for purchase
Meeting Location: The Boathouse Canton

Audubon’s Spring Baltimore Birding Weekend is more than a great opportunity to explore the city and see unique local birds…it is also a time to meet unique local birders! Birders will enjoy great food and drink at the Boathouse Canton at 2809 Boston Street. See what birds have been reported on the Friday ABBW trips, and learn about local birding hotspots from our Audubon guides. Join us to swap birding stories and add to the ABBW checklist for the weekend. There is no fee for attending the tally rally, but drinks and food will be available for purchase.

 

Please note:
Food and drink are not included in the cost for trips and tally rallies.
No cancellations are accepted after May 8, 2018.
Trips will go rain or shine. If the trip is canceled due to dangerous conditions, a full refund will be provided.
Please read our waiver and photo release form prior to registering for field trips.

PHOTO CREDITS: All bird photos courtesy of Middleton Evans. Birder photographs courtesy of Camilla Cerea.