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Maximizing the Magic of Merlin Bird ID App

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

April 6 / 10 a.m. / FREE

Learn to use the Merlin Bird ID app to improve your identification of birds, by sight or sound! Join instructors Steve Luke and Lauren McDougle from the Howard County Bird Club for a two hour-long workshop on how to use the Merlin app.  The class will be indoors and hands-on, followed by an outdoor test-run along Howard County Conservancy trails.  Participants need to have a smart phone and should download the Merlin app before the workshop.  This class is for everyone – no experience or expertise necessary.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars.

FREE // Space is limited

If the program is full, please email programs@howardnature.org to join the waitlist.

Steve Luke is a cybersecurity researcher for the MITRE Corporation, teaching how to detect and identify malicious cyber activity. He’s been birding for the past 3 years and now also enjoys teaching how to detect and identify birds.


Lauren McDougle is the program director for the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University Maryland and teaches elementary general music in Montgomery County Public Schools. Lauren is a frequent presenter at professional development conferences and is dedicated to helping educators refine their talents. In 2021, Lauren discovered birding as a new form of entertainment and continues to hone her skill and share her passion with others.


Event Photo by Gregg Petersen


April 6
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Howard County Conservancy
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Mt Pleasant
10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the event. If a program is canceled by the Conservancy, participants will be notified and offered a refund. All other program fees are non-refundable and support educational programs at the Conservancy. Organized groups may not be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.


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