Next Meeting - September 11th

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

Our next meeting is September 11th at 7:00 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.


Cape Cod Bird Club meetings are on hiatus until September, but please join us for scheduled Bird Walks!


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.

Wildcare Yard Sale 2017

Spring 2017 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.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Migration Progress

Watch the spring migration progress of ruby-throated hummingbirds at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html.

Bald Eagles at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond

Bald eagles have been spotted at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond on the Upper Cape for several years. Are they nesting? The MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife would like to find out. According to the State, the last known eagle nest on Cape Cod was in 1905 on Snake Pond in Sandwich, so the location and documentation of a nest on the Cape would be quite notable! The State is interested in receiving information about adult eagle sightings and, in particular, possible nest locations in the area. If they are able to locate a nest based on an observer report, they typically try their best to get that person out with them for an eagle banding trip and allow them to hold an eagle chick while it is being banded!  Have information? Please contact Jason Zimmer with MADFW:  jason.zimmer@state.ma.us.

2017 Coastal Maine Bird Studies Teen Scholarship

The Cape Cod Bird Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded to Jamie Gilson a full tuition scholarship for a one week session this summer at National Audubon’s Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens camp program conducted at Audubon’s Hog Island in Bremen, Maine. Jamie is a 14 year old  home-schooled student from Harwich. He is an avid birder, and has been attending CCBC meetings since he was 10. He also is interested in bird illustration, and one of his paintings was juried at the 2016 inaugural Youth Bird Art Contest at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, MA. Congratulations, Jamie!

Join or Renew Online!

In addition to joining the club via US Mail, you may now join or renew online with either a PayPal account or credit card.  The checkout process is done with PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account to use it. The club has no access to your credit card information, and no credit card information is stored on the club’s website.

Go to Join Online from either the menu above (Join –> Join Online), or clicking here.

Weekly Bird Report

In case you didn’t know, each Wednesday, at 8:45am and 5:45pm, Mark Faherty gives the “Weekly Bird Report” on WCAI-FM.  You can listen to podcasts of past airings on their site.

Bluebird Time!

Bluebird by Janet DiMattiaIt’s spring and bluebirds are checking out nestboxes!  CCBC volunteers monitor eastern bluebird nestbox trails in several locations on the Cape.  This is your invitation to get involved and enjoy.  Our monitoring helps bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting species succeed.  To make a difference we need a cadre of volunteers who rotate the duties of monitoring, so you may be asked to monitor about one week a month during the spring and summer.

CCBC manages nestbox trails at Crowes Pasture in East Dennis, and at Thompson’s Field, Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve (aka Bank Street Bogs) and Texeira Field in Harwich.  We train volunteers, clean out and set up boxes for the spring, and schedule visits to each site so that we can track the nesting cycles of the birds.  This involves some walking over uneven terrain, peeking inside each box and recording what is happening:  nest building activity, adult sitting on eggs, young waiting to be fed or fledging time.  If you are interested in helping, please email one of our coordinators.

For Crowes Pasture, Carolyn Kennedy, c2kenn2@verizon.net (508) 255-7564.

For Harwich, contact Judith Bruce, turtledock@comcast.net.

 

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!

bobolink

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