MBCP produces a monthly newsletter that highlights work accomplished by our organization as well as by other organizations around the state. 2018 is the Year of the Bird, and we send out an additional mailing each month focused on an activity that you can do to help save birds.
Year of the Bird - November 2018
Your November action is to capture the beauty of birds through pictures. Go on an assignment with National Geographic Your Shot and share your photography to tell the story of the birds in your world. Also: Minnesota Sports Stadiums Take Very Different Approaches to Bird Safety; The Secret Lives of Totally Hammered Birds.
Symposium Registration Now Open! Fall Sandhill Crane Survey needs volunteers. 2018 Summer Wild Turkey Survey Results. National Bird Conservation Priorities. Maryland Farmland Raptors Project. Partner Profile: NCR-PRISM. Species Highlight: Northern Harrier. Birds in the news: insect declines, Black Rail to be listed.
Year of the Bird - October 2018
October 6 is Global Big Day. Did you know World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in both May and October? You can help biologists outside the U.S. get much-needed binoculars. And welcome back, Canada Jay!
MBCP working groups have big ideas for 2019. Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust supports IBA monitoring. MBCP working with the Maryland Ornithological Society on next Breeding Bird Atlas. MBCP seeking sponsors for symposium. Partner profile: Ducks Unlimited. Species spotlight: American Kestrel.
Year of the Bird - September 2018
Reducing collisions to help migrating birds. Migrating birds face numerous threats. Glass poses one of the most deadly threats to resident and migratory birds and artificial night time lighting can interfere with night migrating birds, disorient them, and draw them off course. There are numerous solutions that can reduce bird moralities related to glass and building lighting that you can implement easily and inexpensively.
Maryland Bird Conservation Symposium on tap for January. Species Spotlight: Black Skimmer. Why birds hit windows--And how you can prevent it. DNR Building window retrofit. Partner Profile: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. Watch and listen - female birds sing!
Year of the Bird - August 2018
It's easy to explore local birding hotspots! There is no need to travel far: explore recreational trails, city parks, state parks, wildlife refuges, and forests, seashores and other sanctuaries practically in your own backyard. Included in this issue is information about the new Maryland/DC Birding Trail!
Native trees, shrubs provide more food for birds. Insects and aerial insectivores decline. Species Spotlight: Eastern Whip-poor-will. Partner Spotlight: 1000 Friends of Maryland. Birds eat 400 to 500 million tons of insects annually. Maryland Birds in the News.
Year of the Bird - July 2018
TAKE A CHILD INTO NATURE. Build their love for wild animals and landscapes. A single encounter can spark a lifelong passion. In this issue: How to Get Kids Hooked on Birding; 7 Crafts To Get Kids Into Birding: from Easy to Expert; 5 Tips for Fun Field Trips; The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars
Year of the Bird - June 2018
PLANET or PLASTIC? Reduce single-use plastic by saying no to plastic bags, straws, and bottles, and commit to recycling to save seabirds and other wildlife from ingesting the trash that pollutes our oceans. This year's World Environment Day theme also raises the awareness about the impact of plastics to our environment: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can't reuse it, refuse it".
New parcel evaluation tool could help birds. Species Spotlight: Green Heron. Partner Spotlight: Scenic Rivers Land Trust. Bacon Ridge Natural Area.
Year of the Bird - May 2018
Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day! In 2018, Environment for the Americas (EFTA) joins the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) to create a single, global bird conservation education campaign, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) to celebrate and bring attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.
MBCP and Audubon Maryland-DC partner again to monitor IBAs. Weather radar helps identify migration stopover sites in Northeast. Species profile: Killdeer. Eagle harassment by drones continues. Partner profile: Maryland Biodiversity Project
Year of the Bird - April 2018
Celebrate the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - passed in 1918, it is one of the oldest wildlife protection laws on the books. And learn why drinking shade-grown coffee is not just a tastier choice, but also good for birds and coffee farmers.
Public Input Sought on Maryland Land Conservation and Recreation. Maryland Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Update. MBCP Partners Meeting Postponed. Species profile – American Kestrel. Partner Profile: Conservation Community Consulting. Maryland Birds in the News.
Year of the Bird - March 2018
This month, what's the best way to help birds? Grow native plants! Landscaped with native species, your yard, garden, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharging station for birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting birds. Here are a few tips to become more native!
Introducing the Maryland Bird Observatory Network. Poplar Island – Build It and They Will Come. Partner profile: Safe Skies Maryland. Species profile: Long-tailed Duck. Save the Date: Annual Partners Meeting 4/7. Maryland Birds in the News.
Year of the Bird - February 2018
Get out (or stay in) and count birds this month! From the Great Backyard Bird Count to the Maryland Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Program, you can get involved and help document bird populations.
2017: A Year of Accomplishments for the Partnership. MBCP Unveils Auspicious 2018 Outlook. 2018 Year of the Bird: Common Loon. MBCP Participating in MOS Annual Convention. Maryland Birds in the News.
Year of the Bird - January 2018
2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. Please join MBCP in celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Bird as we commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.