Join biologist Nick Spero on a winter hike to look for bald eagles! This is a great time of year to see them! We may also see some Widgeon, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, and Redhead ducks.
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (derived from the combination of cold weather and decent hiking—please don’t underestimate the cold!)
What to wear: PREPARE FOR THE COLD!!! Dress in warm layers with non-cotton articles of clothing, and don’t forget to wear gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, etc.
What to bring: binoculars and guidebooks if you have any!
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir: 9762 Loch Raven Drive. Park your car and meet in the large parking lot just north of the dam.
Cost: NHSM Member Price: $10 per person / Non-NHSM Member Price: $15 per person. Payment in advance is REQUIRED. Please pay online at – (scroll down to get to the event.)
Note: “Member” refers to being a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland NOT a member of the Natural History Society’s Meetup page. We hope you consider becoming a member of NHSM, please follow this link to join:
As always this time of year, snow is a possibility! Please check back on Meetup or our Facebook page in the case of cancellation or postponement if snow is a possibility. We will try to make the call the day before at the latest.
Nick Spero is a biologist who loves to observe wildlife. He was featured on NPR talking about foraging. Check out the awesome video HERE.
Nick, like most of the other people leading NHSM, is a volunteer, so your money will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. Donate or become a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland by visiting
Photo credit: Ron Holmes | USFWS