2014 Cape Cod Bird Festival

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2nd Annual

Cape Cod Bird Festival

September 19 – September 22, 2014
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Registration is now closed

Even if you haven’t registered for any of the trips or workshops, you can still attend Family Day and the Festival Marketplace!

Featuring Special Guest Speakers David Sibley and Greg Miller
David Allen Sibley by Erinn Hartman

David Allen Sibley
by Erinn Hartman

David Sibley, illustrator and author/co-author of several guides to birding, including “The Sibley Guide to Birds“, “The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior” and “Hawks in Flight” will be speaking on “The Psychology of Bird Identification” at Friday Night’s Pizza Social.  Visit his Facebook page, or Sibley Guides website and blog to learn more about David’s work.

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

In addition, Greg Miller, of “The Big Year” movie fame, will entertain us at our Saturday night dinner.  Here is how he describes his presentation:

“I just tell stories.   I call my presentation “My Big Story”.  I cover how I started birding, birding with my dad, how I came to do a Big Year, stories from my Big Year, how it became a book and eventually a movie, and finally what it was like being a Bird Consultant for a Hollywood movie and what it was like being on the set with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson.”

Join us and treat yourself to superb fall birding in a beautiful location!

Next Meeting - October 13th

Cape Cod Bird Club monthly meetings are held September – May.

Our next meeting is October 13th at 7:30 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.

Speaker to be announced soon

See our Meetings page for more information.

Check out our Walks page for upcoming bird walks led by club members, which are held throughout the year.

Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

Museum Of American Bird Art

The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon (MABA) is a professional art museum within New England’s largest conservation organization, connecting people and nature through art.  It is located at 963 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021

The Art of Field Guides

Birders have come to rely on field guides with detailed illustrations of plumage variations to help identify the over 900 species of birds found in North America. But have you ever considered the artists who painted the bird portraits for those field guides?

The watching and study of living birds by ordinary folks began in the late 1800s, facilitated by the publication of illustrated field guides. The art of painting birds for identification purposes began to develop. Chester Reed, Roger Tory Peterson and Don Eckelberry, contributed their artistic talents to the growing list of field guides available. Francis Lee Jaques, Louis Agassiz Fuertes and others illustrated larger state – specific and species – specific guides

Come learn more about these artists, and others. Peruse a selection of early field guides and compare them with the illustrations in the most current aids to bird watching. Then tour the exhibition Painting Birds to Save Them (ends September 14) which features 17 works of art that appeared in bird guides. Even if you aren’t a bird watcher, you’ll enjoy seeing these guides and paintings together.

Outside the Egg

September 10 – October 18

The Cape Cod Chat House Gallery in Dennis has a new art exhibit starting September 10, “Outside the Egg: Contemporary Bird Art”, with an 0pening reception, September 13th, 5–7 pm.

This fun, fascinating show features work by six artists who use oil, watercolor, ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture to capture the mystery, beauty, and quirkiness of birds.

View their flyer Outside the Egg for more information.

Mass Audubon Allens Pond South Coast Birder's Celebration

2014 South Coast Birder’s Celebration

September 27, 2014

Click here to view a flyer of the event.

Field Trip Leaders Needed

A message from Michael Dettrey, CCBC Field Trip Coordinator/Director:

Hello Everyone,

As the summer winds down, I hope you all are well and you have enjoyed your time during the busy summer season.

I need to put a call out to field trip leaders of the past, present and future. We need trip commitments for the months of October, November & December of 2014. Please send me your ideas about trips we should offer and/or revisit trips you have done in the past during this period. We have deadlines to get your trips into the next printing of the CCBC newsletter “The Kingfisher”.

Please respond by September 3rd!

Thank you for your assistance,


2015 Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens Scholarship

The Cape Cod Bird Club (CCBC) is sponsoring a scholarship for a Cape Cod teen (between the ages of 14 and 17, inclusive) to attend a bird-watching and natural history camp operated by the National Audubon Society in the Summer of 2015 in Maine.  Tuition is normally $995.

We are asking for your assistance in helping us find worthy candidates for a full-tuition scholarship to the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens camp, which will be run during the week of 21 – 26 June 2015 at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Bremen, Maine—about 50 miles north of Portland along the coast.  See the following link for more details and for a map of the location of the camp:


Scholarship applicants, who MUST BE RESIDENTS OF CAPE COD, must return the downloadable application  with a 250-500 word essay by January 6, 2015, to:

CCBC Bird Camp Scholarship
Attn: Charlie Martin
PO Box 704, Harwich, MA 02645

Top applicants might be interviewed by one or more Scholarship Committee members during the selection process.  The award decision will be made in February 2015.  The recipient is expected to register with the camp; the CCBC will arrange payment of the full camp tuition.  Note that the recipient is responsible for ALL OTHER COSTS, including transportation to and from the camp, as well as any other incidental costs associated with attending the camp.

The recipient will be expected to attend a Fall meeting of the CCBC at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in the early evening (7:30-8:00pm) and be available to answer member questions about the camp experience.  The recipient will also be expected to write a brief report (approx. 250 words) for the Fall  2015  edition of the CCBC newsletter (article due about August 19).

Mass Audubon Long Pasture Offers Three Courses

Mass AudubonFor the first time, Long Pasture is offering unique multi-day field courses in which adults can explore the dynamic coastal environment of Cape Cod.  Course participants will enjoy learning in the beautiful setting of the Sandy Neck Barrier Beach ecosystem in Barnstable.  The Field Studies Series emphasizes active outdoor experiences and is taught by professional naturalists, photographers, and scientists.

Click here for more information.

Wildcare's 2nd Annual Birds, Beds and Breakfast

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November 14-16th, 2014

Please support Wildcare’s 2nd annual Birds, Beds and Breakfast Weekend!

Join Vernon Laux for bird walks and talks, food, and good company in a small group, intimate setting.  All the proceeds go directly to Wildcare’s programs.  Click here for the details and to register.

The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel's

Summer 2014 Kingfisher Newsletter now available online

The latest edition of the club’s newsletter “The Kingfisher” is now available online on the Newsletters page.

In addition, there are now copies of Cape Cod Bird Club newsletters from 1985 to 1996, and 2007 to the present.  Eventually we hope to have all available printed copies of the newsletter online.