Projects Overview

Bird Counts

Maryland Biodiversity Project leads two fall morning flight bird counts in the state. These are located at Turkey Point (Cecil County) at the top of the Chesapeake Bay and at Dans Rocks (Allegany County) in western Maryland. The counts' timing and protocols align with the morning flights hosted by Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) in Cape May, New Jersey. Working together we have our clearest window to date into fall migration in the Mid-Atlantic. The counts run each morning from August 1st to November 30th (4 months). We provide all data in near real time via Trektellen and daily via eBird. Counters share regular updates to the MBP blog. Season reports are published in the peer-reviewed journal Maryland Birdlife. The data collected is valuable to our understanding of eastern U.S. bird migration.

Project Sites
Photo by Carl Engstrom
Dans Rock
Appalachian Mountains in Allegany County, Maryland
Photo by Chesapeake Bay Program
Turkey Point
Elk Neck Peninsula, Cecil County, Maryland
Meet Our Counters
Joshua Heiser

Dans Rock lead, 2023

Jonathan Irons

Turkey Point lead, 2022

Carl Engstrom

Dans Rock lead, 2022

Aaron Graham
Kyle Klotz
Sean McCandless
Jerald Reb
Dan Small
Caleb Strand
Atlee Wise