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  • Cecil Bird Club
    the Maryland Ornithological Society Promoting birding in northeastern Maryland About the Club Officers Bylaws Care to Join Calendar of Events Turkey Point Hawk Watch County Birding Sites County Bird List

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  • Cecil Bird Club
    upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries forests grasslands and agricultural fields Founded in 1994 the Club sponsors recreational and social events educational programs information exchange research on bird populations and cooperation on issues important to the future of birds The Club is a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society MOS Members of the Cecil Bird Club are automatically enrolled as members of MOS and receive all the publications and information from that organization as well Our monthly meetings are held in the evening on the second Wednesday of every month Meetings in odd numbered months feature interesting and informative speakers videos and participatory programs as well as an opportunity for members and guest speakers to share their knowledge and expertise and to socialize Meetings in even numbered months center on items of club business planning for future events sharing of recent bird sightings in the county and time for socializing The Club newsletter Cecil Birdlife features information about local birds including recent sightings species descriptions news about club members field trip reports and a calendar of coming events The Club sponsors a full schedule of field trips in Cecil County and nearby locations Each fall members of the Club participate

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  • Cecil Bird Club
    the Club Calendar of Events County Bird List Care to Join Contact Us Officers Turkey Point Hawk Watch County Birding Sites Bylaws Birder s Links Officers Committee Chairs and MOS Representatives President Sean McCandless Vice President John Taylor Treasurer Pat Valdata Secretary vacant MOS Director John Taylor Field Trip Coordinator vacant Newsletter Editor Laura Balascio Webmaster Pat Valdata Hospitality vacant Mid Winter Count Compiler vacant Spring Count Compiler Richard Donham

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  • Cecil Bird Club
    regularly scheduled meeting of the Club It is necessary for the members to show cause for such removal from office Section 4 The officers of the Club shall perform the duties of their offices consistent with those same duties as outlined in the Operations Manual of the Club Section 5 There may be non elected administrative officers of the Club as appointed by the President upon approval of a majority vote of those members present at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Club Their terms shall be stipulated at time of appointment recorded in the minutes of the Club and they shall be eligible for reappointment ARTICLE V AFFILIATION Section 1 The Club was founded in affiliation as a local chapter of MOS and shall maintain that status throughout its existence Section 2 The Club shall administer its affairs in accordance with the Bylaws of MOS It shall collect dues as established by the officers and ratified by the membership and forward the appropriate portions of said dues to the Treasurer of MOS Section 3 The President of the Club shall serve as a representative to the Board of Directors of MOS In addition the members shall elect one Director to serve in that same capacity as outlined in the Manual of Operations of the Club for each one hundred members or part thereof Section 4 If at any time the Club dissociates from its affiliation with MOS it shall immediately cease to promote itself as such an affiliate and will lose any privileges granted by said affiliation ARTICLE VI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Section 1 The Executive Committee shall consist of the current elective officers of the Club the immediate past President and the chairs of any Standing Committees No member may serve in more than one position nor may any member have more than one vote in Club matters Section 2 The Executive Committee shall constitute the managing body of the Club and as such shall have the authority to carry out the business of the Club and the policies established by the members at the annual business meeting Section 3 The Executive Committee shall conduct a meeting following assumption of offices and or duties in September and again in March to acknowledge budget requests and adopt a budget for the ensuing year receive and act on reports of officers and committees establish procedure for officer nominations and committee chairs preparation of official business items to present to the members at the March meeting in preparation for vote at the May annual club meeting Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed Section 4 A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be defined as at least 3 of the 4 officers At all meetings of the Executive Committee matters may be voted on by a majority of those members of the Executive Committee present providing a quorum has been met Section 5 The Executive Committee may vote by mail on matters referred to it by the President Section 6 The Board

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  • Cecil Bird Club
    than March 1 should remit half the dues shown below Please print this page fill in the requested information and mail the completed form with your dues to the Treasurer Pat Valdata 36 Gina Court Elkton MD 21921 Please make checks payable to the Cecil Bird Club Name s Address City State Zip Telephone E mail May we publish the information above in the CBC and MOS membership directory circle

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  • Cecil Bird Club
    Bird Dog McCandless and Elk Neck park staff Wednesday May 4 Club Meeting Club Meeting last one until September Speaker TBA Location Cecil County Administration Building Time 7 00 to 8 30 p m For more information contact Sean Bird Dog McCandless Saturday May 7 Field Trip Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area Fair Hill in May is one of Cecil County s birdiest spots A variety of habitats including woods fields and wetlands means that we will see a number of different spring migrants Portions of the trail may be muddy so boots are recommended Meet at 7 00 a m for this half day trip at the Foxcatcher Farm Covered Bridge parking lot near the Fair Hill Nature and Environmental Center on Tawes Drive There is an honor system daily fee 3 Maryland residents 4 out of state visitors Trip Leader Ken Drier Date TBA May Bird Count DOS Bird a thon The Delaware Ornithological Society holds an annual Bird a thon to raise awareness and funding for shorebirds especially the Red Knot whose numbers have declined precipitously in just a few years Our club has participated many times and it is always fun We have counted as many as 82 species We will go to Fort DuPont and Thousand Acre Marsh Meet near Dunkin Donuts in Big Elk Mall intersection of Rt 40 and Rt 213 in Elkton at 7 00 a m for a half day trip Sunscreen and bug spray recommended Please note that if you can t participate in the walk you can make a donation Contact Pat directly for information on how to pledge your support and for details on where and when to meet Trip Leader Pat Valdata Saturday May 14 Bird Count May Count International Migratory Bird Day On Saturday May 14 clubs from all over Maryland are combining efforts to systematically count birds The May Count is held on the 2nd Saturday of this month each year and is an attempt to get a snapshot of bird populations much in the same way that the Christmas Count does The Cecil Bird Club will cover Fair Hill NRMA Elk Neck State Forest and Perryville Town Park In addition if you wish to count another area or count yard birds and feeders that s fine Trip leaders are needed for all locations If you are counting feeder birds the leader for your yard is YOU This is the most fun you can have on a census Please contact the Cecil County Compiler Richard Donham rdonham8 gmail com or 610 932 0634 with your preference for the area where you wish to participate and for the fairly simple observation records that are needed Sunday May 22 Field Trip Delaware Shorebirds Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs May is a spectacular time on the shores of Delaware Bay Horseshoe crabs lay their eggs and huge flocks of shorebirds arrive to feed on them in preparation for the final leg of their trip to their northern breeding grounds We ll head to the best places in Delaware to see them Carpool leaves from Dunkin Donuts in Big Elk Mall intersection of Rt 40 and Rt 213 in Elkton at 7 00 a m for a full day trip Bring breakfast lunch and snack or money to buy take out food on the way Bring scope if you have one Insect repellant and sunscreen are strongly recommended Trip Leader Ken Drier Saturday June 4 Field Trip for Beginners Courthouse Point Road Courthouse Point MHA is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and managed for hunting by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Possible sightings include Northern Harrier Little Blue Heron Wild Turkey Marsh Wren Scarlet Tanager Blue Grosbeak Swamp Sparrow This is one of the best spots in the county for the ever elusive Yellow breasted Chat Meet near Dunkin Donuts in Big Elk Mall intersection of Rt 40 and Rt 213 in Elkton at 7 30 a m for a half day trip Easy walking on mostly level ground Sunscreen and bug spray are strongly recommended Binoculars and enthusiasm are required Note Parking permit is required for each car There is no fee Request permit online from Maryland Division of Natural Resources or mail your request to Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office 3740 Gwynnbrook Avenue Owings Mills MD 21117 Trip Leader Pat Valdata Sunday June 19 Community Outreach 7th Annual Northeast River Wade In Join us as we pull up our pant legs and wade into the Upper Chesapeake Bay to measure water quality the way retired Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler does with his sneaker index 10 00 a m 2 00 p m Northeast Beach location in Elk Neck State Park Rain or shine Wear light colored shoes that you don t mind getting wet Free and open to the public the more the merrier For details contact Sean Bird Dog McCandless or call 410 996 5267 Saturday August 6 Final date TBA Community Outreach Mount Harmon Lotus Blossom Festival We will have a table in the main tent at the most beautiful festival in Cecil County Please stop by to see which birds we re spotting The day will include a short field trip in the afternoon 10 00 a m 4 00 p m Mount Harmon Plantation 600 Mount Harmon Road Earleville MD 21919 Details at Lotus Blossom Festival Saturday September 3 Field Trip Turkey Point Migrants and Hawk Watch Kickoff Join us for the traditional kick off to the annual Turkey Point Hawk Watch which runs every day from Labor Day weekend through Thanksgiving Walk through the woods and fields for migrant songbirds including early warblers Be prepared for a round trip hike to the Point a distance of about two miles The pace will be leisurely Most of the walking is on a gravel road with good footing but there are a few hilly sections Wear comfortable shoes boots for walking Bring drinks and or snacks Sunscreen and

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  • Cecil Bird Club
    part of Elk Neck State Park camping area day use areas and administrative offices and past the community of Chesapeake Isle Rt 272 ends at the Turkey Point parking lot about 11 miles south of the town of North East Park at the lot and walk past the barrier onto the gravel lane with the cliffs and the Northeast River on your right Continue south on this lane which will soon veer inland passing through two meadows and then through a small woodlot to emerge at the Point and its historic lighthouse The official hawk count is usually conducted in the meadow just before the lighthouse near the new Hawk Watch sign but on some days depending on wind conditions it may take place at the lighthouse area itself Just look for people with binoculars looking up It is exactly 0 9 mile to the usual watch site from the parking lot and another 0 1 mile from the meadow to the lighthouse Most of the walk is on a gravel lane on level ground although the first part is a short uphill section with spectacular views of the water from the top of the cliffs Possible Species Seventeen species of diurnal raptors as listed below have been observed at the Turkey Point Hawk Watch Those marked with an asterisk are not seen every season All others are regular and seen annually Black Vulture Turkey Vulture Osprey Bald Eagle Swallow tailed Kite Northern Harrier Sharp shinned Hawk Cooper s Hawk Northern Goshawk Red shouldered Hawk Broad winged Hawk Red tailed Hawk Rough legged Hawk Golden Eagle American Kestrel Merlin Peregrine Falcon The most common species at the Hawk Watch is Sharp shinned Hawk Though not as numerous Bald Eagles are seen almost daily throughout the season as are both vultures Though the Hawk Watch concentrates on diurnal birds of prey Turkey Point is also an important stopover for migrating Saw whet Owls A banding project in fall of 1996 tallied more than 300 Northern Saw whets Barred Owl Eastern Screech Owls and Great Horned Owls are resident year round The Cecil Bird Club traditionally sponsors an evening owl walk near Halloween Individuals who wish to look for owls on their own need to get special permission since the park is closed dusk to dawn Turkey Point is also a good place to observe small birds in migration Especially notable are movements of swallows Blue Jays American Robins and warblers of many kinds Migrating loons grebes and ducks also pass over or near Turkey Point How to Participate Everyone is welcome to drop by the Hawk Watch No advance notice is necessary but if you would like to make sure that an official counter will be present to help you identify birds please contact Pat Valdata who will let you know the volunteer schedule To volunteer to be an official counter please contact Coordinator of Volunteers Pat Valdata Volunteers are welcome to count for one day or many Those who are

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  • Cecil Bird Club
    Point Hawk Watch County Birding Sites Bylaws Birder s Links Cecil Birding Hotspots Bethel WMA Brownie s Shore C D Canal Charlestown Stone Wharf Courthouse Point WMA Earleville WMA Elk Neck State Forest Elk Neck State Park Turkey Point Elk Forest WMA Welch Point WMA Elkton Community Park including Hatchery Park Howard s Pond Meadow Park East Meadow Park West Elkton Marshes Fair Hill NRMA Funk s Pond Grove Neck

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