Meeting Webinar Archive

Friday, April 2, 7:45 pm
Free webinar: Insects for Birders
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

Pick any scene from the drama of birds: the grace and force of flight, the audacity of courtship, even the fervor of foraging. Find it as well among insects – usually acted out just a few feet away. In this live virtual program, Vermont field biologist and writer Bryan Pfeiffer will use vivid images and practical tips to persuade you to start aiming your binoculars toward butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies, tiger beetles and other glittering insects, which E. O. Wilson calls “the little things that run the world.” 

Also from Bryan Pfeiffer:

A Tribute to the Field Guide
Resources for Learning Nature from Books — Not App

View a recording of the April 02, 2021 meeting below.

Friday, March 5, 7:45 pm
Free webinar: Ospreys – The Revival of a Global Raptor
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

The past 50 years have seen an extraordinary resurgence in Osprey numbers globally – from the Chesapeake to Scotland and from Finland to Massachusetts. Alan Poole, associate at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and author of a recent book on the species (Ospreys: the revival of a global raptor, 2019) will share this good-news story via a live virtual program. Enjoy dazzling looks at some of the places where Ospreys are found and hear about a few of the colorful characters who have helped make this species’ revival possible. Part travelogue, part biography, part scientific detective story: this talk will bring us up to date on one of our best-loved birds of prey. Co-sponsored by PEM.           

View a recording of the March 05, 2021 meeting below.

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:

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 Facebook or Instagram: @jskbirds. Cosponsored by PEM.

View a recording of the December 04, 2020 meeting below.

Friday, November 13, 7:45 pm
Owl Quest
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

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.

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.

View a recording of the November 13, 2020 meeting below.

Friday, September 25, 2020 – 7:45 pm
Treasure Islands: Essex County Islands and Birds
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

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.

View a recording of the September 25, 2020 meeting below.

Friday, May 29, 2020 – 7:45 pm
There’s an App for That?? Computer and Smartphone Birding
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

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.

View a recording of the May 29, 2020 meeting below.