MBCP Newsletters

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. See below for our past newsletters and content included.


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.


August 2018

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!

June/July 2018

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".

May 2018

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.

April 2018

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.

March 2018

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!

February 2018

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.

January 2018

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.

Happy Holidays from MBCP!

May you and your family have a safe and joyous holiday season. We look forward to continuing and expanding our important work with all of you in the coming year, and celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Bird (stay tuned!).

November-December 2017

Join the 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Count eagles nests on your CBC for MBCP! MBCP Coalition 34-Strong and Growing. Partner spotlight: Phoenix Wildlife Center. You make it happen! Help biologists track Ipswich Sparrows. Maryland Birds in the News.

November 2017 - Special #GivingTuesday Edition

We're leading the way on the third Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas. We're conserving Maryland's species of greatest conservation need and their habitats. We're conducting the only Bald Eagle nest monitoring in the state. We monitor birds to better target conservation and restoration.

October 2017

Motus Wildlife Tracking System adds unique element to avian database.  Partners working to free the Pocomoke.  Maryland Coastal Bays Program a key partner on the shore.  MBCP looks to bring more bird science to backyard habitat projects. Maryland Birds in the News.

September 2017

2017 Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Season a Success. MBCP Working Groups Gear Up. Window strikes and artificial light pose increasing threat to migrating birds. Take action to prevent window strikes. Maryland Birds in the News

July/August 2017

Clement bids Partnership farewell; Eberly assumes Director role. Osprey Decline Puzzles Researcher. Turkey surveyors needed. The Barn Owls of Deal Island. WNAV pricks balloon giveaways. A Swift Night Out: Counters needed.

June 2017

MOS pledges 25K to support MBCP efforts in 2017-18. YMOS wins top spots in World Series of Birding. Chesapeake Bay Foundation features MBCP in Photo of the Week. Research shows climate change is impacting breeding phenology of migratory warblers in North America.

May 2017

MBCP launches into Important Bird Area monitoring program. New partner spotlight – Southern Maryland Audubon Society. Drones potentially harassing nesting birds. New Partner spotlight-Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. Greg Kearns from Patuxent River Park wins National Wetlands Award. MBCP celebrated Migratory Bird Day at Jug Bay.

April 2017

MBCP to monitor Idylwild Important Bird Area as management improves habitat. Jug Bay Bird Blitz will evaluate FIDS habitat. MBCP to ensure trails compatible with breeding birds at South River Greenway. Bird Conservation Education workgroup aims to put focus on birds. MBCP Forest and grassland habitat working groups soon to be formed.

March 2017

MBCP sees common goals with hunting community on stewardship and management. More frequent Breeding Bird Atlases? Eagle monitoring yields new discoveries. Migratory Bird Day set for May 13. The Partnership has new logo.

February 2017

Volunteers sought to help monitor Important Bird Areas. Partnership in need of additional volunteers for eagle project. 2017 priorities set, Partner input needed. Comments supporting Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary due in March. MBCP director to stress need for collaboration at summit.

January 2017

From Initiative to Partnership- our name has changed but we are still the same. MBCP assists in waterfowl sampling for Avian Influenza Study. Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Program seeks volunteers for 2017 season. Globally significant Important Bird Area under threat of development. Cumberland students help ospreys. MBCP partner Audubon MD-DC works to raise the marsh at Blackwater NWR.

December 2016

Marion Clement, our new director, started in October 2016. MBCP seeks volunteers for the new Sandhill Crane Winter Survey. MBCP unveils plans for the new year. Eagle Nest Monitors supply critical data, seeking monitors for the new season. Participate in your local Christmas Count. Blackwater NWR expands boundary. Terns and skimmers get a second chance in Ocean City.

April 2016

Maryland’s wild birds are facing many threats. A changing climate, sea level rise, sprawl development, and invasive species are pushing many birds to their limits.  To respond to these developing threats, bird watchers and scientists, hunters and farmers have formed the Maryland Bird Conservation Initiative (MDBCI). The partnership is working to give birds one united voice in Maryland.