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Club decal featuring
Frank Benson's art work.
Avail. for $1.00 ea.

Field List of the Birds of Essex County, MA
Seventh Edition, 2002

Member's Night

Poems by

Dawn Paul

 Member's Night 2012

Poems by

Dawn Paul
Jay Moore
Claire Keyes

Essex County Sightings

A recent list of birds seen in Essex County

Courtesy of Sue McGrath

Newburyport Birders
Birding On The Net
MassBird On Google
Plum Island Birds
Newburyport Birders

Jim Berry's
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Trip Reports & Photos

ECOC American Kestrel

Nest Box Program

Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar
Winter / Spring 2016

Speaker Series/Club Meetings

Friday, Feb. 26, 7:45 pm
A Remarkable Rescue Story: African Penguins
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm


An oil spill off South Africa in June 2000 threatened to kill nearly half of the world population of African penguins. Penguin expert and TED talk presenter, Dyan deNapoli, gives an overview of the biology and conservation history of this unique seabird, followed by the remarkable story of the Treasure oil spill rescue. DeNapoli served as a rehabilitation manager during this groundbreaking event that still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. Her experience, recounted in the award-winning book The Great Penguin Rescue, has been compared to John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air…but with penguins! A book signing follows the presentation. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

Friday, March 18, 7:45 pm
The Secret Lives of Gulls on the Isles of Shoals
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

A few thousand gulls gather each summer to nest on the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine.


Herring and Great Black-backed gulls are conspicuous denizens of public beaches and parking lots, so we often think of them as permanent residents of these habitats. However, gull researcher Julie Ellis, PhD, an Assistant professor at Tufts Veterinary School has discovered that these birds have a complex “secret life” that takes place on offshore breeding islands. Ellis shares aspects of the fascinating natural (and unnatural) history of gulls, based on her long-term research at Appledore Island. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

(Photo: Lesser Black-backed Gull F05 on Appledore by Will Nichols.)

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

Friday, April 8, 7:45 pm
Following Birds to the Heart of Brazil
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

In 2013, Carlos Sanchez quit his office job in the U.S. and travelled to the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso to follow his passion of being a birding guide. Located at the heart of South America, Mato Grosso encompasses three major biomes, making it one of the most biologically rich regions in Brazil and home to an astonishing list of nearly 600 bird species! Sanchez shares his knowledge of this vast eco-region, gained as a birding guide at the renowned Cristalino Lodge, as well as his personal experiences on this life-changing journey. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

Art & Nature Center, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

Essex County Ornithological Club Members Outings

Monday, February 15 (Presidents’ Day), 8:00 am
Winter Birding Walk in Ipswich (and vicinity)
Walk leader: Jim Berry (978-356-5505 |

Target birds are waterfowl, raptors and wintering boreal songbirds. Very limited walking. Carpooling is necessary from the meeting place.


Meeting Place: Former Town Hall parking lot, next to the war memorial in downtown Ipswich on Rts. 1A/133, 100 yards south of Choate Bridge. Cosponsored by the Brookline Bird Club.

Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8 pm (weather dependent)*
ECOC Clubhouse Event: Brown Bag supper and Woodcock Walk
Location: Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (IRWS), Topsfield, MA

6:30-7:30 pm – dinner | 7:25ish-7:50 pm – woodcock walk with sanctuary director Carol Decker

Gather with fellow ECOC members at this special Clubhouse event and experience one of nature’s remarkable spectacles! After a brown bag dinner and socializing inside, join Carol Decker outside in the nearby fields to witness male woodcocks “peenting” and performing their amazing aerial displays at dusk (sunset is at 7:01 pm).

* RSVP to Constance Lapite 978-621-8641 | , in case the event needs to be canceled.

Saturday, May 21, start time TBD
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
Event Coordinator:
Robert Buchsbaum: or 978-927-1122)

Participate in the 110th 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 Robert for trip start time and other details.

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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 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

The Echo Charitable Foundation, Ipswich, MA
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift Bird Watcher's General Store