Cape Cod Bird Festival

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3rd Annual

Cape Cod Bird Festival

September 18 – September 20, 2015
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Here are our Special Guest Speakers for the 2015 Festival:

Dr. Miyoko ChuFriday’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, internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award winning author of the popular ‘The Crossley ID Field Guides’.

Past, Present and Future

 

For more information, see the Bird Festival pages

Next Meeting - September 14th

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

Monthly meetings are on hiatus until September.

Our next meeting is September 14th at 7:30 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.

John Kricher – Why Did I Go to Borneo?

Borneo is the world’s third largest island which historically has contained some of the planet’s richest biodiversity.  John Kricher will share some observations from his recent trip to Sabah and provide an overview of Bornean biodiversity in a talk richly illustrated with images of everything from broadbills and babblers to orangutans and proboscis monkeys.

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 Wildlife Festival – September 12th

The Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative is sponsoring its 6th Annual Cape Cod Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 12th from 10am-3pm at MA Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable. It showcases local environmental groups – both on land and in the water. It’s FREE, and fun for the whole family!

Cape Cod Wildlife Festival

Summber 2015 Kingfisher Newsletter now available online

Kingfisher Banner

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.

When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

New York Times article on bird communication.

Puffins are back on Seal Island - watch them live!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – spring, when the Puffins return to Seal Island! More great news, the Puffin Burrow Cam is live again on explore.org, featuring a pair of puffin parents nesting with an egg.

Forecasting the 2015 Migration

 

 

 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a website called http://birdcast.info/ which predicts when species will arrive, peak and leave during migration, week by week: http://birdcast.info/forecasts/.  You can select an area of the country to focus on – here’s this week’s Northeast forecast: http://birdcast.info/forecast/1-8-may-2015-regional-migration-forecast-ready-set-go/#MidwestNortheast

Live Nest Cams

Great Horned Owlets in Savannah, GA

Great Horned Owlets and parent in Savannah, GA

It’s a fun time of year to observe live nest box cams, and Cornell has several:

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/46/Great_Horned_Owls/  – probably won’t be active too much longer, as the two young are now old enough to start “branching”, but one seems to stay in the nest a lot, and was fed there this morning.  You can even view the nest at night, as they have infrared cameras.

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/42/Barn_Owls/ – the pair were at the box this morning, but there may not be eggs yet.

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/43/Barred_Owls/ – the adult is on the nest with eggs.

They have feeder cams, too.

The osprey cam at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History doesn’t appear to be active yet. you have to view a brief ad to get to the live view

Falcon: http://rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/streamView.php – you have to view a brief ad to get to the live view

Audubon Live: http://projectpuffin.audubon.org/audubon-live-cams – a little early yet for the puffins, terns and guillemots, but there is a recording of a Seal Island cam where you can watch a gray seal giving birth.

Bluebird Time!

It’s spring and bluebirds should be checking out nestboxes soon!  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, 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.

If you have boxes at home, it is time to clean them out in March.

Support the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program!

Support the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program!

A critical part of the funding equation for the MA Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program are your voluntary contributions on your Massachusetts state income tax form.  If you care about the future of our wildlife and wild places here in Massachusetts, please contribute.

For more information about how you can help, click here.