The Machias trip is full but contact Ida to be placed on the wait-list.


Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee ©Christopher Ciccone

We're running a survey throughout May. We want to know if you like what the club is doing, if there are things we could do better and if there’s something new you’d like to see us offer. Your input is valuable to us and we plan to use your suggestions as we plan ahead.

The survey will be available until May 30th and should only take about 5 minutes to complete.
Please take the time to share your thoughts and opinions, which will help us to better plan our future.
Plus—five lucky respondents will be chosen at random to receive a free year’s membership! (If you’re already a Life Member, you may nominate a friend to receive the prize as your gift.)
Thanks for your participation!  Here's to a wonderful spring migration!

BBC Officer Position Available: Treasurer Needed

The Brookline Bird Club is currently conducting a search for a new Treasurer.  We are looking for a current club member who has ability in accounting and bookkeeping to take over from Sherman Denison, who will be stepping down after serving in this role for 17 years.  Previous experience with financials, investments, or a nonprofit organization is a plus, but not required.  All BBC Officers also serve on the Board of Directors.  If you have related experience and are interested in the position, or wish to nominate someone, please contact Jonathan Center by June 30, 2015.

Book Fund Donation

In 2014 the BBC Book Fund donated books to Kestrel Educational Adventures on Cape Ann and to the Murkland School in Lowell, in conjunction with the Urban Education program at Assabet River NWR. Here are the delighted students and staff from the Murkland School with the books we donated.
For more on the Book Fund, see here.

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.

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.