Our Mission: Maintain and enhance native bird populations and the Maryland habitats they use by fostering partnerships with public and private entities and promoting citizen action.

The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership seeks to connect birds, habitats, and people throughout Maryland. Join MBCP and other Marylanders working together to conserve birds and the habitats that support them. 

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. Our goal is to unite public and private sectors to reduce threats to birds and to protect, restore, and enhance vital habitats.

Black Skimmers / YMOS

Black Skimmers / YMOS

Black Skimmer populations have declined by 96% over the past 20 years. Maryland’s only quail, the Northern Bobwhite, has largely vanished, along with the haunting nocturnal calls of the Eastern Whip-poor-will. Populations of many neotropical migrants, such as the Kentucky Warbler and Wood Thrush, have been in decline for decades.

To respond to these developing threats, bird watchers and scientists, hunters and farmers have formed the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP). The core steering committee is made up of representatives from Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Ornithological Society, Audubon Maryland-DC, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Friends of Jug Bay, Ducks Unlimited, and American Bird Conservancy. 

Our partnership is giving birds one united voice in Maryland. 

This partnership is supported through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, with non-federal match from the Maryland Ornithological Society.


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The Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium is a new event for youth ages 13-22 and their mentors. The primary mission of this event will be to focus on ornithology and conservation science. The symposium will not focus on birding, bird identification techniques, or listing birds, but instead on cutting edge technologies being used in avian research and study, careers in ornithology and how to pursue that focus in either higher education or vocationally. The goal is to educate and inspire youth to take their passion for birds to higher level. Join us on September 28th at the Ashland Nature Center in Delaware for a full day of keynotes, speakers, panel discussions, and new friends! Registration is limited to 125 - register today to secure your place!

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Banner photo: Ruby-throated Hummingbird © Matt Addicks/YMOS