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Peabody Essex Museum

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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

Claire Keyes

 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
Book of the Month

Trip Reports & Photos

ECOC Kestrel

Nest Box Program

Kestrel Nest Box
Results 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar
Fall and early winter 2016-17

Speaker Series/Club Meetings


Friday, Sept. 9, 7:45 pm
The World of the Wild Turkey
ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Join nationally recognized turkey expert James Dickson, PhD, for an entertaining and informative talk about our increasingly common feathered neighbors — wild turkeys. Dickson, retired professor of wildlife management at Louisiana Tech University, is also the author of the classic reference on all things turkey: The Wild Turkey: Biology and Management. Bring your questions about these fascinating birds and, maybe even hear Dickson (a Champion Turkey Caller) do a call or two! Co-sponsored by PEM.

135 Essex Street, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.


Hosted by Essex County Greenbelt

Please see this PDF for further details and registration information

Thursday, Oct. 6, 5-7:30 pm
ECOC Clubhouse Event | Essex County Greenbelt Headquarters
(directions below)

5-5:45 – bird walk with ECOC president, Constance Lapite
6-7:30 – BYO supper in the headquarters building, followed by a brief talk by Greenbelt president Ed Becker about the Cox Reservation and ECGB

Gather with fellow club members at a fun and relaxing clubhouse event at the beautiful Cox Reservation. Come early to join the bird walk or to explore this beautiful coastal property, with its spectacular views of Choate Island and beyond, on your own. Kitchen facilities are available.

Address and Directions to ECGB Headquarters | Cox Reservation

82 Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133), Essex, MA
From Rte. 128: take exit 15 "School Street" and go 3 miles north. School St. becomes Southern Ave. and leads into Essex center. At the intersection of Southern Ave. and Eastern Ave., turn right onto Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133) toward Gloucester for 0.5 mile. Pass the South Essex Center Mall on the right, and then make an immediate left into the driveway marked by a Greenbelt sign. If you reach Farnham's you have gone too far—unless you want take-out for supper!



Friday, Nov. 18, 7:45 pm
Birding Western Cuba
ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Improved relations between the United States and Cuba have opened the gateway to visit this fascinating Caribbean Island nation ¬— home to beautiful beaches, rolling farmlands, old cars, and great birds. David Larson, PhD and Science and Education Coordinator at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats, shares the rarities and contrasts that make Cuba a unique destination. Larson led a birding tour to the Island in 2014 in search of its many endemic birds, during which the group visited reserves, national parks, Soviet-era hotels, beach resorts in the Bay of Pigs, and the homes of natural historians and artists. Larson leads his next (and final?) tour to Cuba in February 2016. Co-sponsored by PEM.

135 Essex Street, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.


Friday, Dec. 9, 7:45 pm
An Artist Looks into the Nest
ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Songbirds develop so quickly that some can fly 11 days after hatching! In 2002, Artist and naturalist Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint wild nestlings day-by-day, bearing witness to their swift growth.

 Over the next 13 years, she documented these developments in 17 species. More than 400 of these life-sized studies wriggle and hop across the pages of her latest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. Peek inside the nest with Zickefoose as she shares her groundbreaking work and intimate knowledge of these birds through images, videos, and colorful anecdotes. A book-signing follows. Co-sponsored by PEM and Mass Audubon. This program is made possible by a generous gift from Tim and Joanie Ingraham in memory of Dorothy Addams Brown, beloved honorary PEM trustee and devoted ECOC member.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.


Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, 7:45 pm
ECOC Members Night
Plus ECOC Book Sale, 7-7:30 pm and Annual Meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm
Refreshments served

Join fellow members at a “show and tell” night. Presentations will include great bird imagery, readings of original poetry, local highlights and more. Contact Janey Winchell (see contact info. below) if you want to present something at this lively variety show event.

Please help support ECOC by clearing out your extra bird books and bringing them to the annual book sale. All books sell for $1, unless otherwise noted. Proceeds benefit the Club.
Co-sponsored by PEM.

135 Essex Street, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

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 2016 - 17 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