The Maryland Bird Conservation Initiative is taking off- and we need your help. Join MD BCI and other Marylanders working together to conserve birds and the habitats that support them. 

Our goal is to unite government, public, and private sectors to reduce current threats to our birds.

Maryland’s wild birds are in trouble. Changing climate, sea level rise, sprawling development, and invasive species are pushing many birds to their limits. A warming climate is consuming thousands of acres of marsh, threatening every species of marsh breeding bird.

Some birds, like Black Skimmers near Ocean City, have dropped to just 4% of what their population was 20 years ago. Maryland’s only quail, the Northern Bobwhite, has largely vanished, along with the haunting nocturnal calls of the Whip-poor-will. Populations of neotropical migrants, such as the Kentucky Warbler and Wood Thrush, have been in decline for decades.

Black Skimmer by Frode Jacobsen

Black Skimmer by Frode Jacobsen

To respond to these developing threats, bird watchers and scientists, hunters and farmers have formed the Maryland Bird Conservation Initiative (MD BCI). The core steering committee is made up of representatives from DNR, Ducks Unlimited, the Maryland Ornithological Society, Audubon Maryland-DC, US FWS, The Nature Conservancy, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Friends of Jug Bay, the National Wildlife Federation, and the American Bird Conservancy. 

Our partnership is giving birds one united voice in Maryland. 

This initiative is supported through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


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