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Interest in birds takes flight through club

Pictured on one of the Carroll County Bird Club's Presidents Day Weekend field trips are, from left: Don Jewell, Dave Harvey, Maureen Harvey, Bill Ellis, Dave Hudgins and Bob Ringler.
Pictured on one of the Carroll County Bird Club's Presidents Day Weekend field trips are, from left: Don Jewell, Dave Harvey, Maureen Harvey, Bill Ellis, Dave Hudgins and Bob Ringler. (Submitted photo by Debbie Terry)

Across the map and across the months, birds get rapt attention from members of the Carroll County Bird Club.

On Wednesday, March 4, the club will host speaker Janet Millenson for a 7 p.m. presentation on "Three Centuries of Birds — Artists and Writers Before Audubon" at the Carroll Nonprofit Center, 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

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"Janet Millenson is a marketing expert who is very knowledgeable in art," said Carroll County Bird Club President Don Jewell. "Also in conjunction with that, we are having a field trip on Sunday, March 8, to [The State Museum of Pennsylvania] for an exhibit of paintings by Alexander Wilson, one of the artists Janet will be talking about."

The exhibit features bird prints and first-edition volumes of the 200-year-old "American Ornithology" series by Wilson, according to the museum's website.

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Jewell said the Carroll County Bird Club was founded in 1979 and is a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society. With about 40 members, the active club organizes both local and out-of-the-area birding events.

"We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Nonprofit Center, except that we don't meet in the summer months, June, July and August," Jewell said, noting one exception of a planning meeting.

The club travels to Ocean City for birding just about every year on Presidents Day Weekend and members have traveled to Bombay Hook, Del., and Cape May, N.J. The club also organizes birdwatching jaunts to Morgan Run Natural Environment Area, Hashawha Environmental Center, Piney Run Park and other local areas.

"One year we went to Maine, one year to Texas and another trip we took was to coastal North Carolina," Jewell said. "We do a lot of activities."

Jewell edits the club's quarterly newsletter, The Whooosletter, that features an owl as the logo. It keeps club members up to date on happenings, and includes articles, bird count statistics and other items of interest to members.

The club has a speaker at every meeting, except the planning meeting in August and a holiday party in December.

Jewell said some members travel to locations worldwide to see new birds.

"Our members Dave and Maureen Harvey are just back from Australia," Jewell said. "We can always count on Dave for a talk each year and he will do one on the birds they met in Australia in May."

Jewell said a club member from Eldersburg is well-known in the birding community. "Bob Ringler has written a book about Maryland birds," Jewell said, citing the "Field List of the Birds of Maryland," which was co-authored by Ringler.

"Birdwatching is our main focus," Jewell said. "All of our members enjoy watching birds around their homes. Some take it a step further and look for ones that are new to the area and have never been seen here before. Many keep lists of the birds they see."

Jewell said the club participates in three bird counts a year, submitting its results to the Maryland Ornithological Society as part of a larger report to encourage conservation efforts.

The club welcomes new members. Annual membership is $25 per individual or $30 for a household. Junior members, up to age 17, pay only $10 per year. The membership year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.

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Guests are welcome at all meetings and field trips.

Those interested in joining the Carroll County Bird Club may call Jewell at 410-259-4716 or email jewelldg@gmail.com.

Learn more about the Carroll County Bird Club online at http://www.mdbirds.org/about/chapters/carroll.html.

Learn more about The State Museum of Pennsylvania at http://statemuseumpa.org/exhibits.

All-Baroque Concert

Chamber Music on the Hill will present an All-Baroque Concert at 3 p.m. March 8 in Little Baker Chapel on the campus of McDaniel College. This is a change from the usual location on campus.

Publicity coordinator MaryEllen Jackle said the program will include Telemann's "Paris Quartet No. 1 in G Major" and sonatas by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi performed by violinist Nicholas Currie, cellist Tim Anderson, flutist Rodrigo Tarraza and harpsichordist Donald Horneff.

Tickets are available at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, or may be reserved by calling Jackle at 410-596-1022.

General admission tickets cost $15; for seniors and veterans, tickets are $10. Students and children may attend for free. Adult students must show a school ID.

Jackle said reservations are highly recommended because the venue is smaller than last year when it was in the Forum on campus.

Chamber Music on the Hill is a nonprofit organization in residence at McDaniel College. Founded by Dr. David Kreider in 1990, it is devoted to the performance of excellent chamber music in all its diversity at an affordable price, and to nurturing the musical interests of young people.

Chamber Music on the Hill serves all of Carroll County, presenting four concerts each year. Professional local musicians and musicians from across the United States as well as those who are internationally acclaimed have performed in its shows.

For more information, visit http://www.McDaniel.edu/CMOTH or call 410-596-1022.

McDaniel College is at 2 College Hill, Westminster.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her, call 410-346-7321 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.

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