Where Patuxent Research Refuge - National Wildlife Visitor Center 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, United States
Contact Taylor Swanson [email protected] (443) 510-4308

We’re going birding – and we hope you can join!

DID YOU KNOW?  Every year more than 7 BILLION birds migrate to-and-from North America!  This spectacular occurrence happens twice a year, and we want to invite you to an intimate farewell as we wish our migratory birds safe travels on their southern journeys (to return in Spring 2024!). 

1:00pm @ the Patuxent Research Refuge
National Wildlife Visitor Center,
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop,
Laurel, MD 20708

Space is limited -- all participants must RSVP individually.

See you there!

What is “birding”

Simply put, “birding” is the act of looking at, looking for, and appreciating, birds
and wow is it fun!!  

Not only is it fun, but spending time outside is also a proven way to improve mental health, and listening to birdsongs can further alleviate feelings of anxiety and paranoia.  So come join us for some outdoor relaxation and mental wellbeing as we search for avian treasures.

What to expect?

Together we will learn beginner bird identification techniques – including by sight and sound.  We’ll explore the intimate lives of birds, marvel in their astounding annual journeys, and take time to reflect on the spiritual importance of what we encounter.  

There are more than 600 species of birds found throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed – some common, and some rare – who knows what we will find and see!

We'll also introduce you to Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, our available programming and support, and help you understand the breadth of actions you may be able to take within your own community and at your own congregation of faith -- including actions you can take on behalf of our feathered friends!

Pictured:  "Wading Birds" (egrets, & ibis's - from Blackwater NWR in MD), photo taken through binoculars with cell-phone. 

What do I need?

  1. Good walking shoes for being on-trail - we will be on paved and unpaved pathways.

  2. Something to help you see further (camera, binoculars, monocular, opera spectacles…anything!) – don’t worry if you don’t have any, birding is best done by ear!

  3. (*optional*) A charged smart-phone – we will teach you some basic FREE apps you can employ to help improve and hone your birding skills.  

For all birding skill levels! 

Please contact Taylor Swanson @ [email protected] or call/text (443) 510-4308 if you have any questions about the program.

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