Cuttyhunk Trip 9/27

We've added a new trip! We need a few people more to confirm the boat.

Cuttyhunk Island. All day.

NEW!  We will explore the nooks and crannies of this small island hideaway in hopes of finding some avian gems who have taken refuge on their journey south.
We have the opportunity to spend a day birding on Cuttyhunk Island on September 27 ( rain date September 28), specifically looking for fall migrants. We will take an early morning boat over from New Bedford, and return late in the afternoon. There is a fee for the boat. All birding will be done by foot so wear your best walking shoes! Since there are no facilities on the island at this time of year, participants will need to bring lunch, water, and any other personal affects with them.

Limited participation. Please contact leader if you are interested or for additional details.
Linda Ferraresso, Salem

Young Birder's Scholarship

©Erica Van Etten

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.

New September Overnight Pelagic - Sign Up Now!

We have an opportunity to rerun the recent very successful Extreme August Pelagic trip at the end of September. The birds seen in August were the White-faced Storm-petrel, Black-capped Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, dozens of Audubon’s shearwaters, a few Band-rumped storm-petrels, a few Leach’s Storm-petrels and a SOUTH POLAR SKUA as well as our common shearwaters, jaegers and phalaropes. Also seen was a WHALE SHARK and a TIGER SHARK…. (Update: About 10 spots remain). See the full report from August for a potential preview.
White-faced #3
We have Master birders such as Jeremiah Trimble, Marshall Iliff, Nicholas Bonomo, Mark Faherty, Luke Seitz, etc. leading our trips. Our boat, the HELEN H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew. We use gallons of chum to attract the birds.. There are 38 bunks aboard which will be available to the first 38 who sign up. There is a full galley with excellent food at reasonable prices. Parking is free.
Please let us know if you would be interested. If you want to join us, contact Ida Giriunas (781-929-8772) for further information and waiver forms… September 27, 28, 2014 Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veaches, Atlantis Canyon area: 5:30 AM Saturday – 6PM Sunday for WHITE-FACED STORM PETREL, Band-Rumped and, Leach’s Storm-Petrel,5 Shearwater species (including possible BAROLO), 3 Jaeger species, terns, gulls and sea ducks, possible Tropicbird, bridled tern, other rarities. Cost: $295 BBC Members, $310 non-members.

Also, note that the November trip has been changed to 11/22. Spaces are still available. Details of this (and all) trips are on the Pelagics page.

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.

Call For Photos

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BBC Birders

Thanks to Carol Thrope for this image from Great Meadows.