Cape Cod Bird Club monthly meetings are held September – May.
Our next meeting is November 10th at 7:30 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.
Wayne Petersen – Svalbard: An Arctic Naturalist’s Paradise
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.
Save the Date!
September 18 – September 20, 2015
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The 2014 Cape Cod Bird Festival is history, but here is a brief wrap-up of the event, and a list of birds seen.
Be sure to mark on next year’s calendar our 3rd Annual Cape Cod Bird Festival: September 18-20, 2015!!
Calliope Hummer by Vern Laux
4th Annual Nantucket Birding Festival
There is still time to register, so grab your binoculars and come join them.
The Calliope Hummingbird was photographed by Senior Naturalist, Vern Laux, at last year’s festival. Registration information can be found here: http://www.llnf.org/
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 Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. In 2014, Big Sit circles could choose to sit on Saturday, October 11 or Sunday, October 12.
The BIG SIT! is like a Big Day, or a Bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation (17 foot circle) from which you’ll be allowed to observe. THIS FREE EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND CLUB IN EVERY STATE AND IN EVERY COUNTRY! Get a team together or go it alone – add to your state’s (or country’s) total!
Every team that observes this year’s “Golden Bird” has a chance to win $500 for the non-profit environmental organization of their choice.
The event is over for this year, but if you would like to see the results, or learn more about it, go to the Big Sit pages on Bird Watcher’s Digest.
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.
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.
A message from Michael Dettrey, CCBC Field Trip Coordinator/Director:
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,
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).
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.