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: email@example.com.
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!
We would like to voice our thanks and appreciation to Jane and Charlie Martin for their many years and tireless dedication to the Cape Cod Bird Club. They will be greatly missed and we wish them all the best in their new home and birding adventures!
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It’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.