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)

Centennial Park by S. Earp
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Centennial Park) by S. Earp
Centennial Lake by J. Culler
Mount Pleasant by S. Earp
Great Egrets (Meadowbrook Park) by S. Earp
Alpha Ridge Park by J. Harris
Howard Community College by M. Clark


Both the advanced lister and the backyard birder will find much of interest in our club and on our web page. Our programs include travelogues, identification seminars, other natural history programs, and conservation efforts. Most of our programs feature birds-but we have a few others throughout the year with a different emphasis. Missed one of the field trips? You can find out what was seen by looking at the Field Trips Report for that day. Members can also participate in one of the seasonal bird counts explained below. For the competitive lister, we have a report that is updated annually: the 200 Club and High Annual Totals.

Our Birding Howard County, Maryland pages provide birders with information that can be used to see a maximum number of locally-occurring bird species; site guides describe in detail many of the best areas in the county . The Breeding Bird Atlas section has species pages for each Howard County breeding bird (with maps).

Remember to check the links with our annotated Howard County bird records, our Howard County Field Checklist, and our rare bird policy.

Click on the boxes below:

Programs & Field Trips
Birding Howard County, MD
Seasonal Bird Counts
Field Trip Reports
200 Club
Breeding Bird Atlases

Backyard Birding

With a bird feeder within view and a pair of binoculars at the ready, there are many birds that you can see in your own yard. Here are two publications that may help in identifying the birds you see there and what kind of seed to purchase to attract specific birds:


Food preferences of Howard County Feeder Birds