Fall Meeting - October 24

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Social hour and light refreshments 6:30 pm

Geological Lecture Hall. Harvard University
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA

Our guest speaker, Andrew Vitz, the State Ornithologist, will present "BIRD CONSERVATION AT MASSWILDLIFE"

Andrew will discuss the bird conservation program at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife over the last several decades.  This work includes successful introduction of Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons that are now thriving across the state, as well as the dramatic increase of the federally threatened Piping Plovers from its population lows in the 1980s, which has made Massachusetts the leader in plover conservation along the Atlantic Coast.  Other topics will include ongoing tern conservation and a recent emphasis on grassland birds and the American Kestrel.  Lastly, Andrew will discuss the challenges that climate change poses for future bird conservation efforts.

Before the speaker, there will be a short presentation to recognize Bill Drummond and his many years of service to the club and birders in Massachusetts.

Members and guests are cordially invited. Admission is free. Parking is free at the 52 Oxford Street garage (opposite Everett St). Tell the guard you are attending the BBC meeting.

Birder's Exchange Program Donations: please bring your used binoculars and other birding equipment. For more information, go to the Birder's Exchange on the web.

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.

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

Call For Photos

Did you take some photos on a recent BBC trip? The webmaster would love some photos of birds and especially birders in the field to add to the trip reports. Send in your best!

BBC Birders

Thanks to Carol Thrope for this image from Great Meadows.