Officer and Director Elections at May Meeting

At the meeting in May, elections will be held for club Officers and Directors. While most are running for re-election, there is one opening needing a willing candidate – Merchandise Director, to replace Eldon, and the position will run through 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Charlie Martin, cemartinjr”at”comcast.net or Eldon, eldonz”at”atlanticdb.com

The rest of the lineup is as follows:

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Next Meeting - May 9th

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

Please note that meetings are now starting at 7:00pm!

Our next meeting is May 9th at 7:00 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.

Mark Faherty – Bridge Between the Americas: Birding Panama

Also, elections will be held for club Officers and Directors.

See our Meetings page for more information about the topic and speaker.

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

"The Messenger" - A film about birds at the WHAT Theater

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For more information, or to order tickets, go to http://www.what.org/the-messenger-film/.

Spring 2016 Kingfisher Newsletter now available online

The latest edition of the club’s newsletter “The Kingfisher” is now available online here and 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.

“The Nest” Documentary at CCMNH

CCMNHLogo2015Nature Screen at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents the PBS NATURE Documentary, “The Nest” Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1pm.

Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few also contain man-made materials – colorful twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each one is a remarkable work of art, built with just a beak!  The film begins with a museum collection of nests and branches out to scenes in the wild all over the world, where birds arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the all-important task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

Free with Museum Admission

Join us every month for compelling, educational and visually stunning nature documentaries that inspire appreciation, curiosity and stewardship of our natural world and its inhabitants.

For more information please call: 508-896-3867, ext. 133

The Bobolink Project

Please take the time to help our grassland birds via The Bobolink Project! Check out what it’s all about at their website and like them on Facebook!

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Dear Cape Cod Bird Club members,

I am writing in the hopes that you might be able to help promote a new regional conservation initiative that helps protect grassland nesting birds and local farmers. The Bobolink Project finances bird-friendly mowing by linking conservation-minded donors to conservation-minded farmers.

Grassland birds like Bobolinks are facing hard times. Hay farmers who delay their harvests long enough to allow Bobolinks to successfully nest will lose money. The Bobolink Project collects donations from conservationists and distributes those funds to cooperating farmers, allowing the farmers to delay their cuts and thus “buy” the precious few weeks these birds need to complete their nesting cycle.

Time is running out for this season (2016). Our deadline to receive donations and identify cooperating farmers this year is April 22.

I wondered if you wouldn’t mind sharing the link at meetings to help promote the project? http://www.bobolinkproject.com/.  Additionally, you can follow us on facebook

Please feel free to contact me if you would like further  information.

Kind regards,

Jonathan L. Atwood, Ph.D.

Massachusetts State Coordinator-The Bobolink Project

Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
thebobolinkproject@massaudubon.org

Great Horned Owl Nest Cam

Cornell has some links to nest cams, and the Great Horned Owl nest in Georgia is active, with 2 chicks.  Fun way to watch the progression: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/46/Great_Horned_Owls/. You can even see them after dark, due to the infrared cameras.

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and growing quickly

and growing quickly

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egret snack

3/20/16 – Egret Snack – bet this one isn’t swallowed whole!

Allen’s Hummingbird nest webcam

In La Verne, California, an Allen’s Hummingbird has a nest, currently with one egg, laid today 3/6/16. Another nest has just fledged two young, and it was amazing to watch how quickly they grew.

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Cape Cod Natural History Conference - Saturday, March 5th

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife SanctuaryFor more than 20 years, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has organized a full day conference featuring presenters from environmental organizations across Cape Cod speaking on a diversity of natural history topics. This conference continues to be an engaging, exciting, and fun way to learn about local research projects, conservation efforts, and local environmental organizations.

The conference starts at 9 am, with refreshments at 8:30, and ends mid-afternoon.

Go to Mass Audubon’s website for more information.

Birding Community E-Bulletin

Here is the link to Wayne Petersen’s Birding Community E-Bulletin as mentioned at January’s meeting.