January Suggested Topics & Trips

Meeting Topics & Speakers

Birds

  • Mixed Flocks of Winter Songbirds
    • Speaker
    •  Find in large tracts of mature forests
      • C&O canal
      • Rock Creek Park
      • state parks
      • our feeder
  • Unusual Birds of Snowy Winters
    • Lapland Longspur
    • Snow Buntings
    • Snowy Owls – Mr. Brinker
    • Crossbills
    • Northern Goshawk
    • Look for along edges of country roads
      • Frederick County back, farm roads
      • back roads around Blackwater or Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuges
  • roadside Hawks
    • in winter, along any highway
  • Bald Eagles Nesting
    • Blackwater
    • Piney Run

Weather

  • Possible speaker:  TV meteorologist who lives in Mt.  Airy
  • Coldest week of the year
    • January 12th to 26th
    • Majority of coldest days on record January 17th to 22nd
  • January Thaw
    • Not scientifically proven but great days to head out

Plants

Animals

  • Gray Squirrels

Trips

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

  • Warm!
  • Day trip
  • Cost – subway fare

Winter bird nature walk

Deep Creek Lake area

  • celebrate winter:   ice fishing, ice boating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, hike to see frozen Muddy Creek Falls or … ?
  • Herrington Manor State Park  cabin camping
    • dozen miles from Deep Creek Lake
    • 2 night minimum stay; 3 night on holiday weekends
    • 2 ($77/night), 4($87) & 6 ($97) person cabins
    • one extra person per cabin on cot $15/night
    • Most Jan 2016 weekends booked, some availability Jan 23rd & 24th. February 6th to 7th & Feb 20 to 21 and Feb 27 to 28 have some availability.
    • Cross country ski or snow shoe rentals $10/hr or $25/day
  • Blackwater Falls State Park, WV
    • near Timberline, 1 hour south of Deep Creek
    • 2 person cabin $159/night; 4 person $179/night; 8 person $211
    • 2 night minimum; 3 night on holiday weekends
    • see website for ski & snow shoe rental costs
    • cannot book 2016
  •  New Germany State Park
    • $97/night for 5 person cabin
    • rates & availability about the same as Herrington Mano
  • Timberline
    • downhill & cross country skiing
    • borders Dolly Sods
    • 2015-16 Rates
      • All rates are per person and  include 2 night’s bunkhouse lodging, 2 day lift ticket (night skiing included if available), 2 day ski rental, 5 meals & beginner lesson
        • Dec.  11-17            $109
        • Dec. 18-28           $159
        • Dec. 29 – Jan 11   $199
        • Jan. 11- Feb. 28   $209
        • Feb 12-15               $219, President’s Day Weekend, $269 3 days
        • Feb 29 – Mar. 20  $169

Longwood Gardens

    • day trip
    • about 2 1/2 drive
    •  regular admission:  $10 (5 to 18), $20 adult
    • $7 teen programs (9th – 12th grades), adults $16 but 1 adult free with every 10 youth
    •  K-8 & scout programs also available
    • Need 15 for group discount or youth/teen program

National Aquarium

Service Project

Polar Bear Plunge

Teach 4-H Blahs Class

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