2014-2015 CBC Schedule

BBC members are encouraged to participate in the 114th Christmas Bird Count, which will take place from December 14, 2014, through January 5, 2015. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. More than 30 count circles are located entirely or partly within Massachusetts.
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Tips for inspiring Young Birders

The Brookline Bird Club has a long history of its experienced birder members encouraging and supporting rising young birders, and, for decades, has been scheduling trips targeted to children and families. But how do you give youngsters that experience that makes them birders for life? And once they’ve got the spark, how do you keep supporting their interest?

BBC trip leader and educator Dave Hursh has written an article on how to inspire and lead trips for young birders. Read it here.

Fall Meeting A Success

The Fall Meeting featured a wonderful tribute to Bill Drummond and an excellent talk by Andrew Vitz. Check back soon for further tributes to Bill.

Young Birder's Scholarship

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The BBC is pleased and proud to announce that it has established an annual Young Birder Scholarship to nurture interest in bird study and conservation among young birders. The 2015 scholarship is open to New England residents ages 14 to 17 and will cover the full cost of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at National Audubon’s Hog Island camp during the week of June 21-26, 2015.
For more details, instructions, and application forms, see here.

Book Fund Makes 2 Donations

The BBC, through the book fund program of the club’s Conservation and Education Committee, has recently purchased and donated books about birds and nature to Kestrel Educational Adventures on Cape Ann and the Murkland Elementary School in Lowell. The book fund, which comes from member donations, was established to promote bird and nature education for K-12 students. Kestrel Educational Adventures, annually serving over a thousand K-12 students in Essex County, provides students with “child-centered, inquiry-based explorations of the wild places in their own towns,” including an Osprey program in conjunction with the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Students at the Murkland School visit the Assabet River NWR as part of the Urban Education program, designed to “bring awareness and knowledge of the natural world to children who do not have access to a protected natural environment.” Among other activities, students study mist-nested birds, birds’ nests, and the behavior of Great Blue Herons. Education is a vital part of the club’s mission, and the BBC is proud to support the fine educational work of Kestrel Educational Adventures and the Urban Education program. Thanks to all club members who have contributed to the book fund.

Kestrel Adventures Donation