Our next meeting is March 10th at 7:30 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.
Norman Smith – “Snowy Owls To Saw-Whet Owls”
Norm Smith has spent countless days and nights in all imaginable weather studying these largest owls in North America. In this talk, Norm will dispel some of the myths about the Snowy Owls we see in winter and will chronicle some of their amazing journeys from the Arctic to Boston and back. He will also explain how this research came to include tiny Saw-whet Owls. Smith has worked with Logan Airport since 1981, observing and capturing snowy owls that could pose a danger to air traffic, banding them, and releasing them further along their migration path.
See our Meetings page for more information.
Check out our Walks page for upcoming bird walks led by club members.
Save The Dates!
2014 Cape Cod Bird Festival
Friday, September 19 – Monday, September 22, 2014
Headquarters at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Hyannis
Registration to open April 1, 2014
David Sibley to be special guest in 2014!
It has been announced that at the 2014 Cape Cod Bird Festival, David Sibley, illustrator and author/co-author of several guides to birding, including “The Sibley Guide to Birds“, “The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior” and “Hawks in Flight” will be a special guest at the festival. He will be speaking on “The Psychology of Birding“. Visit his Facebook page, or Sibley Guides website and blog to learn more about David’s work.
Greg Miller to be the Saturday Night Speaker!
In addition, we have confirmed Greg Miller, of “The Big Year” fame, to be our Saturday night speaker for the Festival. Here is how he describes his presentation:
“I just tell stories. I call my presentation “My Big Story”. I cover how I started birding, birding with my dad, how I came to do a Big Year, stories from my Big Year, how it became a book and eventually a movie, and finally what it was like being a Bird Consultant for a Hollywood movie and what it was like being on the set with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson.”
Just in case you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen a snowy owl this winter, or want to see them in their varied plumage, you can see them in this slideshow on YouTube, created by Craig Gibson, with photos from Craig and various other photographers: http://youtu.be/EBVrIKSTJ5I
Each year, the Cape Cod Bird Club (CCBC) sponsors 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 in Maine.
The Cape Cod Bird Club is pleased to announce that this year it has awarded to Madaket Nobili and Shannon Adams full tuition scholarships for one week sessions this summer at National Audubon’s Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program conducted at Audubon’s Hog Island Camp in Bremen, Maine.
Please see the Teens Scholarship page for more information about these recipients and the scholarship.
Michael Dettry has posted results at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16096658 for the Mid-Cape Christmas Bird Count which was conducted on December 27, 2013. To see what towns this area encompasses, see the map on the Cape Cod Bird Club Christmas Bird Count page.
On December 15th, the “Cape Cod” circle of the Christmas Bird Count was held. To see what towns this area encompasses, see the map on the Cape Cod Bird Club Christmas Bird Count page. Blair Nikula has posted his results on massbird here.
The latest edition of the club’s newsletter “The Kingfisher” is now available online on the Newsletters page.
In addition, there are now copies of Cape Cod Bird Club newsletters from 1985 to 1992, and 2007 to the present. Eventually we hope to have all available printed copies of the newsletter online.
Check out eBird’s Snowy Owl news page and sightings map (type Massachusetts into the Location box and zoom in to see Cape Cod sightings) to locate where they are being seen.