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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May 12: New photos in Bird Photo Gallery (Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Yellow Warbler), Butterfly Photo Gallery (Eastern Pine Elfin, Question Mark), and Odonate Photo Gallery (Swamp Darner)

April 23: Revised Field Checklist for Howard County (AOU 59)

April 13: New photos in Bird Photo Gallery (Horned Grebe, Caspian Tern, Northern Saw-whet Owl, American Kestrel, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Horned Lark, Purple Martin, Carolina Wren, Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, American Goldfinch, Vesper Sparrow, Blackpoll Warbler, Palm Warbler) and Butterfly Photo Gallery (Question Mark and Eastern Comma).

Sun Sep 1, 10:30 a.m.
cardinal Dick Smith Memorial Butterfly Walk

Programs resume Thursday, September 9
Watch for details in the Sept-Oct issue of The Goldfinch available to members.

Butterfly trips

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.