The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP) and Youth Maryland Ornithological Society (YMOS) will unite the expertise of professional conservationists and the passion of youth birders to discuss the status of and threats to Maryland’s birds and their protection at the first-ever Maryland Bird Conservation Symposium. Presentations and Q&A sessions will help identify needed bird conservation actions to secure populations of Maryland’s birds and their habitats.

The Symposium marks the launch of the Maryland Avian Research & Conservation Fund for Youth!  This fund is the first of its kind in Maryland, and possibly the Mid-Atlantic, that empowers youth to conduct avian research or conservation. Submitted proposals will be reviewed for their contributions to advancing avian conservation or research that benefits one or more of Maryland's 143 Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Proposals may involve breeding, non-breeding, or migratory stopover habitats. Results must be published in Maryland Birdlife or another appropriate journal. ALL Symposium Sponsorships and the proceeds from registrations go to the Fund.

Registration is limited to 125 attendees, so register early!

  • Youth and college students - FREE

  • Adults/professionals - $25 ($35 after January 11, 2019)

High School and College Students: If you are interested in presenting a poster of your research or conservation work, please indicate this on your registration form. There will be time during lunch and the afternoon break to interact with others and network. We will also have space for art, carvings, or photography exhibits. If you have digital photography you must provide your own method of displaying your photos (laptop, etc).

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Keynote Sponsors

Conservation Sponsors

Individual Sponsors

Wayne Bell
Barbara Johnson

Confirmed speakers (titles of talks may change):

  • Keynote - to be announced soon!

  • Field Sparrow breeding season research on the Eastern Shore - Maren Gimpel, Chester River Field Research Station, Washington College

  • The value of Important Bird Areas in Maryland for priority species - Dominic Serino, Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern with Audubon Maryland-DC

  • Nocturnal migrant recording - Daniel Irons, YMOS

  • Natural Lands Project and Northern Bobwhite conservation - Dan Small, Chester River Field Research Station, Washington College

  • Restoring and creating saltmarsh for imperiled species - David Curson, Audubon Maryland-DC

  • Bringing Costa Rican Endemics, Education, and MD Birders Full Circle - Patrick Newcombe, YMOS

  • Reducing avian mortality in urban environments - Beth Decker, Safe Skies Maryland

  • Flight to Extinction: The Conflict between American Progress and the Passenger Pigeon - Claire Wayner, YMOS

  • Forest Interior-Dwelling Species and forest bird conservation - Eric Sprague, American Forests

  • Farmland raptors nest box program - Suzanne Shoemaker, Owl Moon Raptor Center

Program also includes:

  • Panel discussion with speakers

  • Moving Bird Conservation Forward: Next Steps

  • Youth photography and art

  • Posters by professionals and students



Patuxent South Tract National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am - 4pm

** Registration / Individual Sponsorship

** Symposium Sponsorship page.

The Maryland Bird Conservation Symposium is presented in partnership with:

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