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Maryland Bird Conservation Symposium

  • Patuxent South Tract National Wildlife Visitor Center 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop Laurel, MD, 20708 United States (map)

The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP) and Youth Maryland Ornithological Society (YMOS) will unite the expertise of professional conservationists and the passion of youth birders to discuss the status of and threats to Maryland’s birds and their protection at the first-ever Maryland Bird Conservation Symposium. Presentations and Q&A sessions will help identify needed bird conservation actions to secure populations of Maryland’s birds and their habitats. Our keynote speaker is Mike Parr, President of American Bird Conservancy.

The Symposium marks the launch of the Maryland Avian Research & Conservation Fund for Youth!  This fund is the first of its kind in Maryland, and possibly the Mid-Atlantic, that empowers youth to conduct avian research or conservation. Submitted proposals will be reviewed for their contributions to advancing avian conservation or research that benefits one or more of Maryland's 143 Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Proposals may involve breeding, non-breeding, or migratory stopover habitats. Results must be published in Maryland Birdlife or another appropriate journal. ALL Symposium Sponsorships and the proceeds from registrations go to the Fund.

Registration is limited to 125 attendees, so register early!

  • Youth and college students - FREE

  • Adults/professionals - $25 ($35 after January 17, 2019)

High School and College Students: If you are interested in presenting a poster of your research or conservation work, please indicate this on your registration form. There will be time during lunch and the afternoon break to interact with others and network. We will also have space for art, carvings, or photography exhibits. If you have digital photography you must provide your own method of displaying your photos (laptop, etc).


Patuxent South Tract National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am - 4pm