Mass Audubon’s Annual Birders Meeting – March 11, 2018

MAS Birders Meeting

On Sunday, March 11th, Mass Audubon will host the 26th annual Birders Meeting at UMass/ Boston.

The theme of the meeting this year is Highlands and Islands of New England:

A Bird’s-Eye-View. High elevation habitats-including regional “sky islands”-and low-lying coastal islands provide unique habitat for a suite of breeding, migrating, and wintering birds, as well as exciting opportunities for birders. The 2018 Birders Meeting will feature the ecology of these habitats and their significance to birds and birders.

Click here for more information and full details about the meeting.

A message from Wayne Petersen, Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program, Mass Audubon:

As many birders and bird clubs already know, the Birders Meeting is a day-long event which in addition to a series of fine presentations also includes lunch and a variety of raffle opportunities and vendors, all offering outstanding birding products, and for some the chance to have your bird books signed. This annual event is always popular-usually with 250+ people in attendance! Proceeds from the Birders Meeting provide valuable support to Mass Audubon’s various bird monitoring and statewide bird protection initiatives, all of which are aimed specifically at species at risk at a time when many breeding and other bird species are regrettably showing significant declines.

With this in mind, I am once again inviting your organization and its members to join in supporting this year’s Birders Meeting with a donation of $75. All contributions will be acknowledged and displayed on the Birders Meeting website and on all other appropriate publicity.  Donations can be sent to:

Birders Meeting
Attn: Margo Servison
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Alternatively, donations may be made online here.

Thank you in advance for your generous consideration and support. With help from your bird club Mass Audubon can better strive to help some of these declining bird species before they become critically imperiled!  I hope to see you and some of your members at the meeting!

Wayne R. Petersen
Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

23rd Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference

Mass Audubon

Saturday, March 17 at 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College

2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, Massachusetts 02668

For 23 years Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has organized this 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. Early bird registration is available through March 10, 2018 and is $25 per person or $15 for students. Register online or call 508-349-2615.

Details and ticket information

2018 Coastal Maine Bird Studies Teen Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the Cape Cod Bird Club (CCBC) is offering up to two scholarships for Cape Cod school students between the ages of 14 and 17 to attend a bird-watching and natural history camp in Maine operated by Project Puffin, a program of the National Audubon Society, during June of 2018. We are asking for your assistance in helping us find worthy candidate(s).

The successful student(s) will receive a full-tuition ($1,395 or $1,295) scholarship to attend the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens camp June 10-15, 2018 or the Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens camp June 24-29, 2018 at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, Maine. For information about the camps, go to

Scholarship applicant must be a resident of Cape Cod.

See the Teens Scholarship page for more information and a link to the application form.

Bald Eagles at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond

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:

Join or Renew Online!

In addition to joining the club via US Mail, you may now join or renew online with either a PayPal account or credit card.  The checkout process is done with PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account to use it. The club has no access to your credit card information, and no credit card information is stored on the club’s website.

Go to Join Online from either the menu above (Join –> Join Online), or clicking here.

The Bobolink Project

Please take the time to help our grassland birds via The Bobolink Project! Check out what it’s all about at their website and like them on Facebook!


Dear Cape Cod Bird Club members,

I am writing in the hopes that you might be able to help promote a new regional conservation initiative that helps protect grassland nesting birds and local farmers. The Bobolink Project finances bird-friendly mowing by linking conservation-minded donors to conservation-minded farmers.

Grassland birds like Bobolinks are facing hard times. Hay farmers who delay their harvests long enough to allow Bobolinks to successfully nest will lose money. The Bobolink Project collects donations from conservationists and distributes those funds to cooperating farmers, allowing the farmers to delay their cuts and thus “buy” the precious few weeks these birds need to complete their nesting cycle.

Time is running out for this season (2016). Our deadline to receive donations and identify cooperating farmers this year is April 22.

I wondered if you wouldn’t mind sharing the link at meetings to help promote the project?  Additionally, you can follow us on facebook

Please feel free to contact me if you would like further  information.

Kind regards,

Jonathan L. Atwood, Ph.D.

Massachusetts State Coordinator-The Bobolink Project

Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

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.