The mission of the Howard County Bird Club is to promote the knowledge, development, protection, and conservation of bird life and other naturally occurring species and their habitats.

Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)
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Sat, Feb 16, 8:00 am
Blandair Park North

Sat, Feb 23, 9:30 am & 1:00 pm
Reservations required How to Find an Owl

Sun Mar 3, 8:00 am
Wheelchair accessible cardinal Centennial Park

Sat Mar 9, 9:30 am
Wheelchair accessible cardinal Birding Basics class

Sun Mar 10, 8:00 am
Wheelchair accessible cardinal Centennial Park

Thurs Mar 14, 7:00 pm—PROGRAM
Jay Sheppard, LeConte's Thrasher

Sun Mar 17, 8:00 am
Wheelchair accessible cardinal Centennial Park

Sun Mar 24, 8:00 am
Wheelchair accessible cardinal Centennial Park

Sun Mar 31, 8:00 am
Wheelchair accessible cardinal Centennial Park

Park & Open Space Deer Hunt Schedule

Jan 18: 2018 Howard County Annual Bird List posted.

Jan 14: New photos in Bird Photo Gallery: Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Purple Finch, White-crowned Sparrow.

Jan 8: Howard County Annotated Bird Records has been updated.

Registration for the class, co-sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club and the Howard County Conservancy, is open. The first class will be Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m.

About Us

The Howard County Bird Club, organized in 1972, is one of 15 Maryland Ornithological Society chapters. The club holds monthly meetings from September through May, sponsors three seasonal bird counts as well as dozens of field trips, and provides references and support for birders of all levels. Find out more on the About Us page.


Get involved: HCBC field trips are an excellent way to improve birding skills whatever your experience level. Trips provide opportunities to explore new sites and meet other birders. Seasonal bird counts are held the first Saturday of February, the second Saturday of May, and the third Saturday of September. Find out more on the Birding page.

Birding Howard County, Maryland

First published in hard copy, it was extensively revised and posted on the web so that birders would have the most current information about good birding spots (and how to get there), features and amenities at those spots, and a lot more. Check out Birding Howard County, Maryland.

Photo Galleries

A picture is worth a thousand words, so we have photo galleries of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles, fungi and more. Use galleries as identification guides and appreciate the pictures. They're all explained on the Photo Galleries page.

Natural History

So many experiences await the interested observer. Many of our members want to learn more about the nature world, so we provide lists and keys of various kinds plus location guides. Start with the Natural History page.