In the winter, birds come to Baltimore from the northern United States and Canada. The season offers birdwatchers a chance to see species — such as the bufflehead, horned grebe, and greater and lesser scaup -- visiting Baltimore before they migrate north again, Creamer said. This weekend’s event also aims to showcase urban green spaces.
“We really like to connect people with nature in the city,” Creamer said.
The center, which is part of the National Audubon Society, works to educate the community and to conserve and restore natural habitats for birds and other wildlife. They frequently work with local schools and offer nature-based educational programs for children and adults.
Creamer said even longtime birdwatchers are surprised by the diversity of bird life within city limits. In Patterson Park alone, more than 200 bird species have been documented, including Baltimore orioles, chimney swifts and wood thrushes.
While the days may be cold and gray and the last thing most of us want to do is spend any length of time outdoors, winter is one of the best seasons for birding. Spring migration may get all of the attention (and crowds) but there are many advantages to braving the cold.
By Jerry Jackson
Jan 19, 2018 at 12:40 PM
Sarbanes had been the first in the group to spot the eagle from a far distance. It’s a skill that comes with lots of practice, he said.
A spring birding weekend is planned for May 18-20. Rapp said every time of year offers something different.
“For birders, every couple of weeks it changes,” Rapp said. “The seasonality of it all is really fun,” Rapp said.
Michele DeHaven of Butchers Hill said she moved back to the city from Harford County a few years ago and has enjoyed the Audubon Center’s regular guided bird walks at Patterson Park. The center also hosts walks at Druid Hill Park.