MONTHLY MEETINGS

Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. from September through May at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Rte. 6A, in Brewster, MA.  Our meetings are free and open to the public.

PROGRAMS FOR 2016 – 2017

September 12, 2016 Lisa Sorenson – Awakening with Birds: Raising Awareness and Building Capacity for Conservation in the Caribbean
October 10, 2016 James Junda – Bird Banding on the Outer Cape: Tales from Wellfleet and Monomoy
 November 14, 2016 Keenan Yakola – Birding from the Edge: A rare look into the life of a seasonal biologist on the outmost island in Penobscot Bay, Maine
December 12, 2016 Members’ Night
January 9, 2017 David Clapp –  A Virtual Bird and Wildlife Safari of Southern Africa
February 13, 2017 Talk by Peter Trull postponed to April due to weather
March 13, 2017 Denver Holt – Adaptations in Owls

With their intense, almost human stares, fascinating adaptations for nocturnal hunting, and secretive nature, owls are a favorite group for most birders. They occur on all continents except Antarctica and have populated the most remote groups of islands in the world, including Hawaii. Today we recognize between about 250 species worldwide. In the United States and Canada there have been 24 species of owls recorded with about 20 species known to breed. Join Denver Holt for an exciting lecture on adaptations in owls. How well can they see at night? How well can they hear? Do they really fly silently? Why are they so difficult to find? And, why do people recognize and admire owls so much?  Aside from the difficulty in finding owls, if you know the relative breeding seasons, and the vocalizations, you can pinpoint areas where owls may be breeding and locate them for yourself. Owl have a wide repertoire of vocalizations, and if you remember as a general rule, the large ones tend to hoot and the small ones toot – with few exceptions.

International owl expert Denver Holt is founder and president of the Owl Research Institute and the Ninepipes Wildlife Research Center, a nonprofit organization located in Charlo, Montana. He started his wildlife career here on Cape Cod working on terns, gulls, and Short-eared Owls at Monomoy. Since 1978, Holt’s research focus has been owls and their ecology. He has published more than 90 papers and technical documents, including four species accounts for the Birds of North America project. In collaboration with elementary school teachers, he has co-authored two children’s science books on owls: Owls Whoo Are They, and Snowy Owls Whoo Are They.

Holt’s research was the cover story for National Geographic Magazine, and his work has been the subject of many television bites on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Disney, as well as featured on Audubon’s Up-Close Series, PBS’s Bird Watch, and David Attenborough’s Life of Birds, among others. When not researching owls, Holt is involved in wildlife watching tourism as a natural history tour guide and co-owner of Wild Planet Nature Tours (www.wildplanetnaturetours.com). He also guides private natural history tours, and is a part-time trip leader for Victor Emanuel Nature Tour Company (www.ventbird.com), the largest nature tour company in the world. To learn more about Holt and his efforts in wildlife research, education, and conservation, visit www.owlinstitute.org.

 April 10, 2017 Peter TrullTerns of Cape Cod: Birds of Paradox

Take a photo-journey with Peter Trull as he explores the behavior and biology of the Cape’s four tern species: Roseate, Arctic, Common & Least. Terns migrate long distances to reach Cape Cod. They are plunge divers, hovering above the ocean’s surface before plunging beak first into the water to snatch silversides, sand eels, and even squid and shrimp. Many images in this program have never been seen before. This wildlife adventure will provide an opportunity for questions and discussion about infrequently seen behaviors and life histories of our most graceful seabirds.

Peter Trull, a past president of the Cape Cod Bird Club, has been involved in Research and Education for about 35 years. In the 70s and 80s he coordinated Massachusetts Audubon Society’s coastal seabird monitoring program, assessing the breeding success and its limiting factors on 4 species of terns as well as piping plovers. He conducted field research in Guyana and Surinam, studying the market trapping of Common Terns and Roseate Terns, working with local bird trappers in several coastal villages where he hesitatingly admits he’s eaten Common Terns and 15 to 20 species of sandpipers and plovers. As Education Director at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, he developed programs and began studying Eastern Coyotes in 1989. Through the 90’s, as a researcher and Education Director at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, he developed and taught classes related to whales and marine birds and has completed over 2500 whale watching trips related to education and research. He presently teaches 7th grade Science at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich MA, and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. He has written six books about Cape Cod natural history. His newest book The Gray Curtain was released in June 2015.

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Dates of speakers are subject to change, please check latest newsletter and our website.

List of past programs and speakers 1971-2016