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 2017 – 2018

September 11, 2017 Joan Walsh – Mass Audubon’s State of the Birds: Climate Change Edition
October 9, 2017 Peter Flood – Seabirds and Other Marine Life on the Outer Edge

The Brookline Bird Club has been running dedicated pelagic trips to the edge of the continental shelf off the coast of Massachusetts for the past 12 years. The areas often explored on these excursions are situated approximately 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod and consist of several deep sea canyons from Atlantis Canyon to Oceanographer Canyon and the many canyons in between.

The shelf edge typically consists of differing water masses colliding as the cold, southward flowing Labrador Current interacts with the warmer, deep, blue water influenced by the oceanic river known as the Gulf Stream. Many of the unique marine and avian fauna is directly associated with the oceanic conditions at the shelf edge. Additionally, the northeasterly flowing Gulf Stream transports floating mats of Sargassum Weed and associated marine inhabitants which further attract many sought after warm water avian specialties such as Bridled Tern and Audubon’s Shearwater.

There have been some truly fascinating sightings over the last decade along the shelf edge including Barolo Shearwater, Red-billed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Bridled Tern, Audubon’s Shearwater, Black-capped Petrel, Sperm Whale, Risso’s Dolphin, Spotted Dolphin, Striped Dolphin, Blue Whale, Whale Shark, Tiger Shark, Hammerhead Shark, and Atlantic Manta Rays.

This presentation will feature an overview of the unique oceanic conditions and food resources found along the shelf edge, a look back at some of the amazing sightings over the past 12 years, a look forward to some anticipated sightings and a discussion on the conservation of rare and or declining avian species using the shelf edge.

Peter Flood, a Cape Cod resident, has a passion for ornithology as evidenced by his varied professional experiences which includes serving as naturalist for Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary leading birding tours and educational programs related to bird identification, natural history and biology; conducting Mass Audubon’s aerial seabird and waterfowl surveys of Nantucket Sound as part of the proposed “Cape Wind” project; and conducting shorebird surveys for Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.  Peter’s birding interests are primarily focused on the ecology of seabirds, and he has spent many hours at sea on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts chasing, observing and photographing some of his favorite subjects.  In addition, Peter also volunteers his time with NOAA, conducting seabird surveys of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod.   Peter serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Bird Club, and his current profession is a Senior Project Manager with Green Seal Environmental, Inc. Peter holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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

List of past programs and speakers 1971-2017