Next Meeting - March 9th

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

Our next meeting is March 9th at 7:30 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.

Herb Raffaele – Birding the Caribbean: An island by island tour

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.

Cape Cod Bird Festival

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Save the Date!

3rd Annual

Cape Cod Bird Festival

September 18 – September 20, 2015
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Registration for the 3rd Annual Cape Cod Bird Festival will be opening in early April 2015!

The 2015 Cape Cod Bird Festival’s planning is well under way to ensure that this will be another success story for the Cape Cod Bird Club. We have some exciting events planned and new places to visit.

Here are our special guests for the 2015 Festival:

Dr. Miyoko Chu


Friday’s speaker will be Dr. Miyoko Chu author of Songbird Journeys, the riveting tale of the wonders of bird migration. ”Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds”

Richard Crossley


Saturday’s speaker will be Richard Crossley author of the popular Crossley ID Field Guides.

Past, Present and Future

For more information, see the Bird Festival pages

Be sure to mark on next year’s calendar our 3rd Annual Cape Cod Bird Festival: September 18-20, 2015!!

The 2014 Cape Cod Bird Festival is history, but here is a brief wrap-up of the event, and a list of birds seen.

Many thanks to Diane and Michael

I want to thank Diane Silverstein and Michael Dettrey for their energy and service to the bird club. The bluebird nestbox trails, the Cape Cod Bird Festival and bird walks they led are among the activities that I was able to participate in, and there is so much more they have done.  I wish them well in their retirement and new adventures, will miss them and hope they make it back to the Cape for visits!  All the best!

Terry Gavin

20th Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Mass AudubonFor 20 years, Mass Audubon’s 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.

This year, Blair Nikula and Anne-Marie Runfola will be two of the speakers at this year’s Cape Cod Natural History Conference held at Cape Cod Community College.

Blair will be speaking on “The Cape Cod Lake and Pond Waterfowl Survey” and Anne-Marie will be speaking on “Sentinels of Change: Seabirds and Citizen Scientists Map a Shifting Environment“.

Other talk subjects include disentanglements of marine wildlife, sea turtles, seals and so much more.

Check out the full schedule via this link and find out how to register.

Registration Information: Fee for early registrations by March 7, 2015 is $20. After March 7, 2015 fee is $25.

fee is $25. Fee for Mass Audubon staff and registered students is $15.

2015 Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens Scholarship

2015 Scholarship Recipients

The Cape Cod Bird Club is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Birder Scholarship. This year the scholarship committee awarded two scholarships for the Audubon Hog Island Birder’s Camp to be held in June.

Our first winner is Kalea Trudeau of Dennis Port. She attends Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. Kalea will turn fourteen in May of this year. She has been interested in birds from as far back as she can remember. She used to have her Mother read to her from the North American Bird Book. Kalea stated in her application materials that “birds had literally taken over my life.” She is especially excited about the opportunity to see some puffins…her childhood favorite bird.

Our second scholarship award winner is Corvus Max Sylvia from North Eastham/Wareham, MA. He attends the Upper Cape Regional Technical High School and is studying Environmental Technology.  He is sixteen years old. He has been studying and drawing birds for the past nine years. He also, likes to photograph the birds he sees. Corvus noted in his application that on a recent birding trip to the west coast he “was lucky to see a rare northwest crow, one of (his) namesakes, Corvus caurinus!”

The Cape Cod Bird Club is delighted to provide this opportunity for each of these outstanding young birders. We know that their experience this coming June will add greatly to their knowledge and appreciation of birds and birding. We wish them the very best for the future.

David Clapp presents Winter Birding in Chatham

The Eldredge Public Library Learning Series will run a course called Winter Birding in Chatham by member David Clapp, consisting of two classes and a  field trip of coastal Chatham.  $10 donation for three sessions.  Tuesdays, February 24 and March 3, at 7:00 pm. plus a Saturday Field Trip, March 7, 8:00 am to Noon.

This class provides an extraordinary opportunity for beginning birders to learn about our winter companions from a well-known naturalist, teacher, photographer, and international guide, David Clapp. Students can then grab inspiration to get out in the seasonal weather on a quest to spot the many birds of coastal Chatham. You may even meet some new birding friends!

David Clapp is an international tour leader for Smithsonian Journeys, leading tours to Africa, the Galapagos, Australia, Panama, and New Zealand.  He has worked in land conservation and habitat management for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

To view a catalog of courses and download a registration form, go to

WildCare's A Wild Winter Night


Come join Wild Care at our exciting annual winter celebration, “Wild Winter Night.”  This year will be bigger and better than ever!  We’ve moved locations to the Elks Lodge in Eastham – lots of space and plenty of parking.  There will be amazing silent and live auction items, live music and delicious food from George’s Fish Market.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  Ticket price includes one food voucher.  Cash bar and additional food vouchers will be available for purchase at the event.

So this winter “go wild” and support Wild Care’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work on Cape Cod!

Get your reduced-priced advanced tickets now by contacting us: 774-353-6203 or



Winter 2015 Kingfisher Newsletter now available online

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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.

Massachusetts Young Birders Club

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For those of you with children/grandchildren with an interest in birding:

The Massachusetts Young Birders Club was recently founded “to unite all of the young birders in Massachusetts and provide them with unique opportunities to further their interests”.   Field trips are a major part of the club at this point and they serve to connect kids with the same passion.

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

Check the museum’s website for current and ongoing exhibits.