The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is pleased to present this online guide to the best birding sites in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Active birders throughout the state have contributed site descriptions to create this guide.

Maryland is a state of great natural beauty and diverse habitats, offering some of the best birding on the East Coast, with 463 bird species recorded in Maryland and 347 in Washington, D.C. Use this guide to start exploring the great birding that Maryland and DC have to offer!

Top eBird Hotspots in Maryland & DC

As of May 2021

Now that many area parks are reopening, we hope that birders take care to #RecreateResponsibly!

The Maryland Ornithological Society has proudly joined the Recreate Responsibly Coalition, a newly formed network of nonprofits, outdoor businesses, and land managers developing and sharing best practices to protect people and our natural landscapes. The Coalition is a diverse community brought together by our love of the outdoors and a desire to help everyone experience the benefits of nature safely during this public health crisis. The national coalition is a working group that looks to unify and amplify commonsense guidance about getting outside during COVID-19.

We hope that you will help us build an inclusive outdoors, and join us in being an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.