Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar

Winter 2024

Speaker Series/Club Events

Friday, March 8th, 7:45pm (note: date changed from March 1st)
Birding and Habitat Restoration on Plum Island
ECOC meeting 7:30-7:45pm
In-person | Morse Auditorium, PEM
Please pre-register HERE and bring your ticket with you
Or join here via Zoom
Free and open to the public  
 
Swallows Staging for Fall Migration © D. M. Young Photography
One of the most visited birding spots in the U.S. is right here in our backyard – Plum Island! David Moon, Mass Audubon North Shore’s Community Science and Coastal Resilience Manager, will share how the incredibly rich avian communities on and near Plum Island offer shifting opportunities for observing birds through the seasons. The diversity and scale of habitats, including barrier beaches, estuarine waterways, tidal flats, and salt marshes, among others, support this abundant diversity of birds. Moon will also discuss how some of these particularly vital habitats for resident and migratory birds are under threat from climate change and sea level rise, and the landscape-level ecological restoration efforts underway to respond to those threats. 
 
A brief meeting of the club will be held from 7:30-7:45 pm.
 
This program is co-hosted by the Peabody Essex Museum and supported by the Lowell Institute. 
About the Presenter
David Moon is Community Science and Coastal Resilience Manager for Mass Audubon North Shore and works from Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, where he helps to restore coastal habitats and leads birding programs. He has been a science teacher, environmental educator, and administrator of nature center programs for 40 years.
Before Joppa Flats, David taught at The Putney School in Putney, VT. Other work included Executive Director of Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, Education Director at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH. David also teaches Tropical Forest Ecology in Costa Rica for Franklin Pierce University. He has an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England.

Friday, April 5th, 7:45pm
Galapagos, Darwin, and Biology’s Biggest Discovery
ECOC meeting 7:30-7:45pm
In-person | Morse Auditorium, PEM
Please preregister (link coming soon!) and bring your ticket with you
Or join via Zoom (link coming soon!)
Free and open to the public

The Galapagos archipelago holds a special fascination for birders, naturalists, and biologists worldwide, in large part due to the endemic Darwin’s finches and how this unique group of birds shaped Charles Darwin’s perception of evolution. The mockingbirds of the same islands are less famous but similarly had a profound influence on Darwin’s thinking. Over 30 bird species, as well as the famous tortoises, marine and land iguanas, and much more are endemic to the archipelago, found nowhere else on Earth. Professor John Kricher, co-author of The Galapagos: A Natural History (2nd Edition), will discuss why the Galapagos Islands have become such an icon of evolutionary biology and why they remain one of the most popular tour destinations.

A brief meeting of the club will be held from 7:30-7:45 pm.

This event is made possible by a gift from club members Joanie and Tim Ingraham in memory of PEM trustee and former ECOC member Dorothy (“Dotty”) Addams Brown and co-hosted by PEM and supported by the Lowell Institute. All are welcome to attend!

About the Presenter
Dr. John Kricher is professor emeritus of biology at Wheaton College, where he taught ecology, ornithology, and vertebrate evolution for forty-eight years. He is a fellow of the American Ornithological Society, a former board member of the American Birding Association, and past president of the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society, and the Nuttall Ornithological Club.

He is the recipient of several awards including the Alexander F. Skutch Medal for Excellence in Neotropical Ornithology from the Association of Field Ornithologists. Among his various books, he authored A Neotropical Companion and its 2017 revision The New Neotropical Companion; Tropical Ecology, now the leading textbook on global tropical ecology; and Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior (2020). In 2022 He and Kevin Loughlin of Wildside Nature Tours published an update of Krichers previous book Galapagos: A Natural History (2006). The revision, with hundreds of photos, is extensive, including taxonomy of several endemic birds which had changed since the original publication. The book goes far beyond birds to cover the islands’ history, geology, ecology, marine as well as terrestrial natural history, plus descriptions of the landing sites at the various islands.

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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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Notes:

Essex County Ornithological Club 100th Anniversary Sponsors

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thanks to our Treasurer
Mary Stevens.
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ECOC Bulletins 1919-1938

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Peabody Essex Museum

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