Bird City Maryland

The Town of La Plata is proud to be Maryland's first Bird City!

Bird City MarylandIn partnership with the Southern Maryland Audubon Society (SMAS), the Port Tobacco River Conservancy, and the Conservancy for Charles County, the Town of La Plata was recognized for the efforts taken to implement sound bird-conservation practices by offering public recognition to those that succeed in (a) enhancing the environment for birds and (b) educating the public about the interactions between birds and people and about the contributions birds make to a healthy community. Future joint ventures will include native landscaping and other bird-friendly projects and activities for community enjoyment and participation.

Partner organizations like these help keep La Plata clean, green, and beautiful!

Learn more about the Bird City Maryland program.

If you're interested in learning more about birds stay tuned for upcoming events! In the meantime enjoy this view of the Port Tobacco River Park Bald Eagle Cam.

Cats, Birds, & You

Love birds, but also love cats? See some suggestions to help them live in harmony.

Planning a Bird-Friendly City

Around the world, city planners are incorporating eco-friendly practices into their planning process. What does that mean? Find out in this recorded webinar from Smart Growth Online, "Bird-Friendly and Biophilic City: Integrating Safe, Natural Habitats into Urban Design and Planning." (The link will take you to a third-party website.)

The Dangers of Nandina

Nandina DavisThe red berries of Nandina (also called "Heavenly Bamboo", pictured) might add some welcome color to your winter landscape, but they can kill birds and other wildlife... which is not so welcome. Great replacements here in Southern Maryland are our native Spicebush and Winterberry.

Save the Birds

Windows on homes can be a hazard for birds. The Save the Birds flyer (PDF) from the American Bird Conservancy can help you minimize glass collisions and prevent bird deaths!

Nature Rocks at Dorchester Community Center

Dorchester Community CenterWhat could be better than getting together outdoors and combining our love of nature with art? That is exactly what we did on Thursday, August 26, at the Dorchester Community Center.