Next Meeting - December 11th

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

Our next meeting is December 11th at 7:00 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.

Annual Members’ Meeting with Silent Auction, Bake Sale and Digital Slide Show

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.

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 hogisland.audubon.org/

Scholarship applicant must be a resident of Cape Cod.

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

Latest Kingfisher Newsletter now available online

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 1996, and 2007 to the present.  Eventually we hope to have all available printed copies of the newsletter online.

BirdsCaribbean needs our help

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As you might recall, it was just one year ago that Lisa Sorenson spoke to the CCBC about the work BirdsCarribean does.  Now, in the aftermath of Irma and Maria, she is asking for help.  Please read this message from Lisa, and help if you can.  Thank you.

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:  jason.zimmer@state.ma.us.

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.

Weekly Bird Report

In case you didn’t know, each Wednesday, at 8:45am and 5:45pm, Mark Faherty gives the “Weekly Bird Report” on WCAI-FM.  You can listen to podcasts of past airings on their site.

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!

bobolink

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? http://www.bobolinkproject.com/.  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
thebobolinkproject@massaudubon.org

Birding Community E-Bulletin

Here is the link to Wayne Petersen’s Birding Community E-Bulletin as mentioned at January’s meeting.

When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

New York Times article on bird communication.

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.

Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

Museum Of American Bird Art

The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon (MABA) is a professional art museum within New England’s largest conservation organization, connecting people and nature through art.  It is located at 963 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021

Check the museum’s website for current and ongoing exhibits.

 

Snowy Owl YouTube Slideshow

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

Birding Article on USA Today site

Birding makes USA Today: see how birding is being portrayed to a wider audience.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/02/birding-sport-big-year-citizen-science/4261529/

Christmas Bird Count Results - Mid-Cape Area

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.

Christmas Bird Count results for 12/15/13 - "Cape Cod" area

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.

eBird's Snowy Owl sightings map

Snowy Owl, West Dennis Beach by Peter BonoCheck 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.

Cape Cod Bird Club at Brewster Conservation Days

Cape Cod Bird Club at Brewster Conservation Days

 

Peter Bono, Ken Casson, Barbara Grasso, and Joanne Baldauf manned a CCBC table at the Brewster Conservation Days on Saturday, July 13th.  We spread the word about the Club and the upcoming Bird Festival.  We also sold club merchandise.