Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar

Spring 2020

Speaker Series/Club Events

The May 29th webinar was a success with quite a few members watching. If you’d like to watch a recording of the meeting and speaker just click play below. (Please note: the audio quality for the speaker was variable)

Friday, May 29, 7:45 pm
There’s an App for That?? Computer and Smartphone Birding
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

This ECOC meeting will be a “webinar” and is NOT being held at PEM. 

Millions of applications (apps) are available for both Apple and Android smartphones, but which ones will really make a difference in your birding and naturalizing? And what about websites?

Mark Faherty, bird ecologist and Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, gives us the rundown on the latest and greatest apps for birding, ranging from digital field guides (iBird, Sibley, etc.) to eBird and Merlin and international apps.

After starting with an overview of eBird, Cornell’s bird sighting database, Faherty will then demonstrate apps you can use to find birds in your area, help you plan a trip to a foreign destination, and even a great one for expediting learning bird songs. He’ll also touch on the best traffic, weather, tide, and food-finding apps for getting yourself around and fed on your birding trips! Co-sponsored by PEM.

Monday, May 11th, 5-8 pm – Cancelled due to covid-19
ECOC Supper and Birding at Sissy ffolliott’s Lucky Dog Farm (directions below)

5-6 pm – bird Lucky Dog Farm and adjoining ECGB 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 at Sissy’s lovely farm. 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 (91 Old Right Road, Ipswich, MA):

From Rte. 1 driving N: Turn left onto Old Right Rd., across from First Fabricators (note: road is 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 23, morning (start time around 7am) – Cancelled due to covid-19
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
Event CoordinatorDave Brewster (brewbird@verizon.net [preferred contact] | cell: 978-317-0230)

Participate in the 114th 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 the exact start time and other details.

Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

PEM Connect Building is at 135 Essex Street, next door to PEM’s main entrance (at the corner of Essex and Liberty St. in Salem, MA). Morse Auditorium is in PEM’s main building. 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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Essex County Ornithological Club 100th Anniversary Sponsors