1:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting location: parking near the Visitor Center at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (see the Google Map for specific location)
“O say can you see…the Eastern Kingbird perched at 9 o’clock on that snag?” Fort McHenry is one of Baltimore’s most notable landmarks, and one the best birding hotspots in all of Maryland.196 species have been recorded here in May. Species seen during this trip may include Osprey and terns over the water, Great Blue Heron and shorebirds in the marsh, and several species of warbler, vireo and flycatcher in the trees. This hike will feature up to two miles of hiking on Fort McHenry’s pathways.
Druid Hill Park
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting Location: park in parking lot or along East Drive near the Dr. Ralph W.E. Jones, Jr. Administration Building (3001 East Drive) at Druid Hill Park (see the Google Map for specific location)
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 above the Jones Falls. This trip will include short hikes on occasionally steep trails along the Jones Falls Trail, and some short driving between sites in this very large urban park.
Audubon is partnering with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks to host this paddling adventure on the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. We’ll explore the shoreline for shorebirds and herons, and keep our eyes on the skies for gulls, terns, Osprey and Bald Eagles. If conditions allow, we’ll paddle to Ridgely’s Cove at the outfall of the Gwynns Falls. There is a limited availability of solo kayaks and 2-person canoes, so please select your choice when purchasing this trip.
Reservations will be confirmed via email. No cancellations after May 5, 2017. Trips subject to weather cancellations.
Baltimore Birding Weekend t-shirts will be available in limited sizes during weekend events.