We are very disappointed to have to announce that, due to a change in the Hog Island Audubon Camp’s registration process and the unprecedented number of scholarship applications the camp has received, the Cape Cod Bird Club will be unable to offer a teen scholarship in 2016.
CCBC is proud of our past participation in the scholarship program at Hog Island and all of CCBC’s past scholarship recipients. We hope to continue to be able to offer scholarships to the teen camp in future years.
This from Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
Cornell’s Project FeederWatch season starts on Nov 14 and runs through April. Will you be helping scientists follow winter bird population trends this winter? It’s a fun activity that helps you pay closer attention to the birds that flit through your backyard.
Project FeederWatch is a fun citizen science project that anyone can do. Set up a feeder, count birds, & report your sightings! New participants receive the FeederWatch Handbook & Instructions, a Common Feeder Birds poster, a Bird-Watching Days calendar, & Winter Bird Highlights – a summary of the exciting data that you helped to collect. Join now, the season starts November 14!
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Thank you to our speakers, Dr. Miyoku Chu and Richard Crossley, all of the trip leaders and volunteers for a great 2015 Cape Cod Bird Festival.
2015 Cape Cod Bird Festival Wrap-up
2015 Bird Festival Sightings
2015 Bird Festival eBird Checklists
New York Times article on bird communication.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – spring, when the Puffins return to Seal Island! More great news, the Puffin Burrow Cam is live again on explore.org, featuring a pair of puffin parents nesting with an egg.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a website called http://birdcast.info/ which predicts when species will arrive, peak and leave during migration, week by week: http://birdcast.info/forecasts/. You can select an area of the country to focus on – here’s this week’s Northeast forecast: http://birdcast.info/forecast/1-8-may-2015-regional-migration-forecast-ready-set-go/#MidwestNortheast
Great Horned Owlets and parent in Savannah, GA
It’s a fun time of year to observe live nest box cams, and Cornell has several:
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/46/Great_Horned_Owls/ – probably won’t be active too much longer, as the two young are now old enough to start “branching”, but one seems to stay in the nest a lot, and was fed there this morning. You can even view the nest at night, as they have infrared cameras.
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/42/Barn_Owls/ – the pair were at the box this morning, but there may not be eggs yet.
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/43/Barred_Owls/ – the adult is on the nest with eggs.
They have feeder cams, too.
The osprey cam at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History doesn’t appear to be active yet. you have to view a brief ad to get to the live view
Falcon: http://rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/streamView.php – you have to view a brief ad to get to the live view
Audubon Live: http://projectpuffin.audubon.org/audubon-live-cams – a little early yet for the puffins, terns and guillemots, but there is a recording of a Seal Island cam where you can watch a gray seal giving birth.
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In the spring you can see hummingbird migration progress at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
The Cape Cod Bird Club is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Birder Scholarship. This year the scholarship committee awarded two scholarships for the Audubon Hog Island Birder’s Camp to be held in June.
Our first winner is Kalea Trudeau of Dennis Port. She attends Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. Kalea will turn fourteen in May of this year. She has been interested in birds from as far back as she can remember. She used to have her Mother read to her from the North American Bird Book. Kalea stated in her application materials that “birds had literally taken over my life.” She is especially excited about the opportunity to see some puffins…her childhood favorite bird.
Our second scholarship award winner is Corvus Max Sylvia from North Eastham/Wareham, MA. He attends the Upper Cape Regional Technical High School and is studying Environmental Technology. He is sixteen years old. He has been studying and drawing birds for the past nine years. He also, likes to photograph the birds he sees. Corvus noted in his application that on a recent birding trip to the west coast he “was lucky to see a rare northwest crow, one of (his) namesakes, Corvus caurinus!”
The Cape Cod Bird Club is delighted to provide this opportunity for each of these outstanding young birders. We know that their experience this coming June will add greatly to their knowledge and appreciation of birds and birding. We wish them the very best for the future.