Scholarship Winner Announced

The BBC is pleased to announce that Aidan Pavao of Acton has been awarded the club's 2015 Young Birder Scholarship to attend National Audubon's Coastal Maine Studies for Teens program at Hog Island on June 21-26, 2015. Aidan has been a Counselor in Training as part of his extensive involvement with the Young Birders' Club at Drumlin Farm, has participated in Bird-a-thons and the Super Bowl of Birding, is seriously interested in drawing and photographing birds, and was enthusiastically recommended in his letters of reference. He plans to study applied mathematics and statistics, a field, he says, "that I can use to aid in the research of bird populations and conservation." Congratulations, Aidan!

Aidan was chosen as the scholarship recipient from a group of 11 truly impressive applicants. In our first year of awarding a scholarship, the BBC's Conservation and Education Committee was heartened by the interest shown by so many outstanding young birders, who wrote compelling personal statements about their enthusiasm for birding. Our evaluation committee was challenged to pick just one recipient from such an excellent group and and wished it had more than one scholarship to offer.  
The scholarship fund is supported through member donations. To donate, you can designate an amount on the "BBC Young Birder Scholarship" line on the membership renewal form on the back of the club bulletin (even if you have already renewed or are a life member), OR you can click JOIN above and designate an amount in the box for BBC Young Birder Scholarship Fund on the membership form.

2015 Winter Meeting

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Social Hour and Light Refreshments at 6:30 pm
John Glenn Middle School Auditorium
99 McMahon Road, Bedford, Massachusetts

Guest Speakers Mark Lynch and Sheila Carroll, will present
"Through the Year with the Nature of Central Massachusetts: A Celebration"

Central Massachusetts is a huge area ranging from the eastern edge of Worcester County to the Connecticut River Valley and from the New Hampshire border to the Rhode Island and Connecticut borders. The area contains the two largest fresh water bodies in the state, and large tracts of forest, marsh and river habitat. Yet Central Massachusetts is not often visited by birders from eastern and western parts of the state, unless some rarity is found. This lecture celebrates not only the birds of this rich area, but also the butterflies, odonates, vertebrates and flowers to be found in the many outstanding natural history destinations of Central Massachusetts. The presentation will feature the photography of Sheila Carroll, with images from Central Massachusetts in each season.

Members and guests are cordially invited. Admission and parking are free. 

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

In Memorium - Herman D'Entremont

The club lost long-time inspiration Herman D'Entremont last week.
Herman with his wife Eva and nephew Glenn at the BBC 100th Gala
Several club members have contributed remembrances, which can be viewed here.

Cape Ann Birding Weekend


POSTPONED BECAUSE OF WEATHER TO THE WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY 27--MARCH 1.

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, 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.

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.