Montgomery Parks announces March virtual speaker series: Birding in Maryland

Montgomery Parks is hosting a virtual speaker series on birding in Maryland. This month’s guest speaker, Gabriel Foley, who coordinates the Maryland-D.C. Breeding Birds Atlas will give an overview of the project and discuss how the public can document breeding birds and support nesting birds in their own communities.

WHAT: Montgomery Parks Speaker Series(opens in a new tab): Birding in Maryland with Gabriel Foley

WHO: The event is free and open to all.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

WHERE: The session will be held online. Registration is available via this online form:  Register: March Speaker Series: Bird Breeding Atlas(opens in a new tab)  A zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the session.
The Maryland-D.C. Breeding Birds Atlas is an effort to document the changing behaviors of the different species. With more than 200 species of birds nesting in Maryland, the Atlas relies on volunteers to observe birds and report behaviors that may indicate the birds are breeding. Over time, that information can reveal details about the distribution, abundance, and timing of the birds’ nesting.

About the Speaker: Gabriel Foley coordinates the Maryland-DC Breeding Birds Atlas(opens in a new tab), a community-based science project mapping the distribution of birds in our area. Previously, he studied nighthawks in the Canadian boreal forest and how weavers in Africa build their nests. He has also hosted a weekly nature radio show called the Prairie Naturalist and is a trip leader for Quest Nature Tours.

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