Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar

Fall 2020

Speaker Series/Club Events

Friday, November 13, 7:45 pm
Owl Quest
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm
Free webinar; Register in advance for this webinar at:

Mark & Marcia Wilson’s – Owl Quest

Come explore North America’s family of owls with Marcia and Mark Wilson of “Eyes on Owls.” A fast paced slide show will introduce you to all 19 species of owls that nest on the continent north of Mexico, from the tiny Elf Owl to the giant Great Gray Owl.

Barred Owl © Mark Wilson

Next meet six species of owls up close, live streaming to you. A hooting (and tooting) lesson wraps up the owl fun – in a program that will appeal to the diehard lister and beginning birder alike. Post your owl questions during the program for the Wilsons to address during the Q&A. Copies of Mark Wilson’s award-winning book Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night (2019) will be available, signed and mailed directly from him to you. (Photo by Mark Wilson,)

This event is made possible by a generous donation from Joanie and Tim Ingraham made in memory of beloved ECOC member Dotty Brown. Cosponsored by PEM.

Painted Redstart © Jared Keyes

Fri., Dec. 4, 7:45 pm
Birding Southeastern Arizona
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm
Free webinar; Register in advance for this webinar at:

Birding Southeastern Arizona (link to follow soon)    

Has Covid-19 dashed your travel plans? Join club member Jared Keyes, a lifelong birder and expert bird photographer for a virtual birding tour of Arizona’s remarkable Madrean Sky Islands archipelago. Keyes will introduce us to a number of the birds found in this biodiversity hotspot with captivating images and sound recordings. To whet your appetite, check out his gallery on his web site or Instagram: @jskbirds. (Photo of Painted redstart by Jared Keyes). Cosponsored by PEM.

Friday, September 25, 7:45 pm
Treasure Islands: Essex County Islands and Birds
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm
Free webinar; Register in advance for this webinar at:

Essex County Islands and Birds

Join renowned naturalist, conservationist and author Chris Leahy in this live virtual program to discover how local offshore islands are havens for resident and migratory birds alike.

 The Essex County Coastal Bird Islands Important Bird Area (IBA) comprises more than 50 islands, ranging in size from small rocky “skerries” to the well-wooded 83-acre Great Misery Island. These sites provide nesting and wintering habitat for a variety of interesting bird species, from the recently arrived American Oystercatcher to colonies that include rare wading birds and denizens of rocky shores such as Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpiper. Leahy will describe results of recent multi-year surveys of these islands by Mass Audubon and Mass Fish & Wildlife, and speculate on the presence of as yet unconfirmed island nesters such as Manx Shearwater and Black Guillemot. Cosponsored by PEM.

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.

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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