Cape Ann Birding Weekend

SAVE THE DATE! The Harlequin Ducks have returned to Halibut Point awaiting the arrival of the hearty participants in the Sixth Annual Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend: January 30 – February 1, 2015, sponsored by Mass Audubon and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and held at the Elks Club at Bass Rocks in Gloucester. Experienced BBC trip leaders like Jim Berry, Susan Hedman, Jim McCoy, Sue McGrath and John Nelson will be among the guides leading bus tours of Cape Ann’s birding hot spots. On Friday evening, Robert Buchsbaum will present a slide show on Winter Birds of Cape Ann, and Saturday afternoon’s schedule will include the great Eyes on Owls show by Mark and Martha Wilson and a presentation on the Ospreys of Essex County by Dave Rimmer of the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Weather permitting, Sunday morning will feature the ever popular boat trip on the Seven Seas Whalewatch boat, Privateer IV, skippered by Jay Frontierro.
For a detailed schedule and information and registration go to the official website.
You can now register on-line. Note that space is limited, especially for the boat trip.

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.
See the schedule...

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.

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.

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.