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 Member's Night 2012

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Friday, April 21, 7:45 pm

Birdwatching in Maine
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

In celebration of the forthcoming Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide (April 2017), author and editor Derek Lovitch joins us for a tour of the Maine birding year. Full of photographs of iconic species and places taken by Derek and his wife, Jeannette, this program will explore all that birdwatching in Maine has to offer. A book signing follows the presentation. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

135 Essex Street, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

Sunday, May 7, 8am
ECOC Clubhouse Event: Bird Banding at Joppa Flats*
Location: meet at “the Warden’s” parking lot on Plum Island Natl. Wildlife Refuge (south of lot #3)
Age range: recommended for ages 8 and up
Fee: $10 adult; $15 adult with accompanying youth (up to 18)

Skilled volunteer bird-banders manage a research station on Plum Island during spring and fall migration. This event is a rare opportunity to observe the physical adaptations of birds up close and learn about the mechanisms, strategies, and geography of migration from people working in the field.

* * Note: Please sign up before Saturday, April 29! Limited to 20 people. RSVP to Constance Lapite (978-621-8641 | Please provide contact information so I can reach you in case of cancellation the night before the event.

Monday, May 15th, 5-8 pm
Supper and Birding at Sissy Ffolliott’s Lucky Dog Farm (directions below)
5-6 pm – bird Lucky Dog Farm and adjoining Essex County Greenbelt properties
6-7:30 – brown bag supper in the farmhouse

Enjoy some spring birding and a BYO sandwich or ”take out” with other club members in Sissy’s lovely farmhouse. The traditional bird-shaped cakes plus coffee/teas will be served in loving memory of Dotty Brown and Sarah Robbins who graciously hosted the club each May in Gloucester for over 20 years!

Directions to Lucky Dog Farm (19 Old Right Road, Ipswich, MA):

From Rte. 1 driving N: Turn left onto Old Right Rd., across from First Fabricators (note: road not well marked). Proceed on Old Right Rd for about 6/10th of a mile until you see a rail fence, a red barn and white house with an old maple tree. Park along the frontage from the rail fence and past the house along the Norway Spruces to the field gate. Some cars can pull in front of the barn, too.

From the Rte. 1 driving S: Turn right onto Old Right Rd. across from First Fabricators. Proceed as above.

Saturday, May 20, early morning (start time TBD)
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
Event Coordinator: Dave Brewster ( [preferred contact] | 978-317-0230 c)

Participate in the 111th ECOC birding trip down the Ipswich River! Arguably the oldest uninterrupted bird-count in the world, this event is timed to get the best views of birds before full leaf-out, but late enough in the season to get better weather for paddling. Contact Dave for trip start time and other details.

Sunday, May 21, 6:30 am to 10:00 am
Eastern Point, Gloucester.

Walk leader: John Nelson (978-283-6128 |

We will walk for 3 or 4 hours in the Eastern Point area of Gloucester, mostly on pavement but partly on woodland paths and a field that may be wet. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club.

Meeting Location: Mass Audubon parking lot by the lighthouse at the end of Eastern Point Blvd. Don't be deterred by the "Residents Only" sign; the parking lot is open to the public and free until Memorial Day.

Thursday, June 1, 6:15 pm to 9:00 pm
Crane Beach, Ipswich. Evening. Birding 101
(suitable for beginners)

Walk Leaders: Jim Berry (978) 356-5505 ~ &
John Nelson (978)-283-6128 ~

This two-mile walk in the sand is aimed at nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Bank Swallows as well as evening singers such as Whip-poor-wills. Be prepared for mosquitoes at sunset. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club.

Meeting Location: Outside the gate to the Crane Beach parking lot at the end of Argilla Road.

Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

The Morse Auditorium is in PEM’s main building. 135 Essex Street is next door to PEM’s main entrance (at the corner of Essex and Liberty St., Salem, MA). Note: if severe weather is forecast, call 978-745-1876 to confirm event.

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Please be advised:  ECOC calendars are only sent via email, unless a member requests otherwise.  The calendar can always be viewed here on our web site. Hard copies will also be available at programs. 

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* Please support ECOC programs for 2017 by renewing your membership today!  Membership/renewal form available here 
* ECOC President: Constance Lapite
978-621-8641 |
* ECOC Vice President/Programs Coordinator: Janey Winchell
978-542-1627 |
* ECOC Treasurer: Buffy Pennick
508-237-7825 |

Essex County Ornithological Club 100th Anniversary Sponsors

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