Next Meeting - September 12th

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

Our next meeting is September 12th at 7:00 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.


Lisa Sorenson will be speaking on Awakening with Birds: Raising Awareness and Building Capacity for Conservation in the Caribbean.


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.

Hog Island Tropical Teen Trip in Costa Rica

HogIslandHog Island Audubon Camp is proud to present a week in Costa Rica for teen birders 15-17 years old.  This exclusive opportunity is open for registration at the following link: http://holbrook.travel/hogislandteens or you can learn more on our website:http://hogisland.audubon.org/programs/teen-week-costa-rica

The trip is designed to follow a similar teen week at Hog Island, with programming for 5 days, including night lectures and all day trips in the lowland rainforests of Costa Rica. Our base lodge will be Selva Verde, which boasts a bird list of over 300 species and 120 mammal species. All arrangements for travel are being handled through Holbrook Travel, included in the price is round-trip airfare from Miami, Florida.

Please share this opportunity and consider joining us (or sponsoring a camper) for our first camp week in the tropics!

Eva
Eva Matthews, Hog Island Program Manager
Seabird Restoration Program
National Audubon Society
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(843) 340-8673

May-September
12 Audubon Road
Bremen, ME 04551
(207)529-5148

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.

 

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 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

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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Birding Community E-Bulletin

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

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.

2016 Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens Scholarship - CANCELLED

We are very disappointed to have to announce that, due to a change in the Hog Island Audubon Camp’s registration process and the unprecedented number of scholarship applications the camp has received, the Cape Cod Bird Club will be unable to offer a teen scholarship in 2016.

CCBC is proud of our past participation in the scholarship program at Hog Island and all of CCBC’s past scholarship recipients. We hope to continue to be able to offer scholarships to the teen camp in future years.