2016-2017 MBCP Newsletters

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.