Cape Cod Bird Club monthly meetings are held September – May.
Our next meeting is April 13th at 7:30 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.
Peter Bono – “Lions, Bustards, Francolins, Barbets and more”
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
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:
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”
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
Be sure to mark your calendar for 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.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com (508) 255-7564.
For Harwich, contact Judith Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have boxes at home, it is time to clean them out in March.
At our Annual Meeting in May, we will elect Four Officers and Three Directors.
The Candidates are:
President (one year term): Charles Martin
Vice-President (one year term): Paula Pariseau
Secretary (one year term): Peter Flood
Treasurer (one year term): Fran Ziegler
Director, Trip Coordinator (to fill a term that expires 2016): Stefanie Paventy
Director, Program (3-year term expiring 2018): Mark Faherty
Director, Refreshments (3-year term expiring 2018): Jane Martin
Anyone seeking office may be nominated from the floor during the meeting
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.
The Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz was initiated in 2014 and was in response to the dramatic and mysterious decline documented for this species over the last several decades. The project is a collaborative, citizen science effort by many individuals and conservation organizations and is coordinated by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The project challenges birders to scour the landscape for Rusty Blackbirds during this species’ northward migration. Last year, between 1 March and 15 June, 4750 birders submitted 13,400 checklists containing Rusty Blackbird observations to eBird, a hugely successful first season that has allowed us to start looking at potential Rusty Blackbird migratory hotspots, habitat use, and potential migratory pathways.
To find out more, and learn how to participate, read the letter from Andrew Vitz, Ph.D., State Ornithologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, click here.
In the spring you can see hummingbird migration progress at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html.
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.