Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary will be hosting a Migratory Bird Day celebration on May 13th from 2pm - 4:30pm. The remarkable phenomenon of yearly bird migration will be celebrated on this day by three presentations reflecting international, national and local perspectives given by experienced wildlife biologists.

The first presentation given by Matt Jeffery of Audubon will describe the annual migratory journey along the Atlantic Flyway, the new science and technology helping to understand the threats posed during the journey, and Audubon’s conservation programs aimed at protecting priority species and their habitat. The impact of climate change will also be addressed and how people can support remedial measures. The Piping Plover, Prothonotary Warbler and Wood Thrush will take center stage.

Mike Quinlan, a Master Naturalist and Friends of Jug Bay volunteer, will provide an overview of the MAPS program (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship), a continent-wide breeding season study started in 1990 at Jug Bay, making the bird banding station one of the oldest continuously operating stations in the program. Participants will learn that survival of adult and first year birds is often as or more important than productivity in driving population declines, the importance of wintering grounds and migration routes, and how the interaction of weather and habitat greatly affect vital rates. Considerations of climate are crucial for conservation efforts.

Greg Kearns, a veteran naturalist at Patuxent River Park for Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and bird bander for 25 years has monitored and banded thousands of rails and birds of prey, among other species. The freshwater marshes of the tidal Patuxent River are well known for their annual fall concentration of migrant Sora Rails and Greg will describe his studies of their migration and the importance of Jug Bay’s wild rice stands. He will also describe the migratory journeys taken by Ospreys and studies undertaken along the Patuxent River.

Where: McCann Wetlands Center. 1361 Wrighton Rd, Lothian, MD, 20711

When: May 13th, 2pm - 4:30pm

Cost: $6/vehicle entrance fee

To RSVP, call 410-741-9330 or email programs@jugbay.org.