Annual Meeting

**Online Zoom Webinar**
Friday, September 8th, 2023
7pm to 8pm


Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the Board of Directors has scheduled a Zoom meeting to be held on Friday September 8, 2023 from 7:00–8:00PM in lieu of our annual in-person meeting. To attend you must RSVP in advance to EMHW Vice President Shawn Carey at to receive a special link to the Zoom meeting.

We encourage members to renew their membership and vote for three EMHW directors in advance by mail, as you will not be able to renew or vote in the Zoom meeting. (You can renew by mail at any time, but voting will close Friday, September 15th.)

This year’s Zoom meeting will be free and open to the public, so please feel free to share this information with friends and family. However please note you must RSVP in advance. Those that RSVP will be sent the official Zoom invitation link before the meeting. The schedule for our Zoom meeting will be as follows.

  • Waiting Room opens: 6:30PM
  • Business meeting: 7:00PM – 7:15PM
  • Guest Speaker Sean Riley: 7:15PM – 7:45PM
  • Q&A: 7:45PM – 8:00PM

Membership renewals/ballots can be found in your newsletter, or downloaded here.

Keynote Speaker:

Sean Riley, Department of Conservation and Recreation

Keynote Topic:

Photo by Eric Smith

The Massachusetts Long-eared Owl Project by Sean Riley, DCR
Sean Riley will discuss the Massachusetts Long-eared Owl Project, a look at the long-term study and monitoring of Long-eared Owls in MA. Specifically, this project looks to understand the winter roosting ecology of Long-eared Owls and how certain sites are used by these birds annually. The talk will touch on overwintering demographics, banding encounter data, and also look at the current breeding status in Massachusetts.  

Keynote Speaker Biography:

Sean Riley is a lifelong naturalist, currently residing in Georgetown, Massachusetts. He is a reservation manager for the state of Massachusetts at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The reservations include designations such as: Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA), Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and Natural Heritage Priority Habitat sites. In addition to managing the reservations, Sean is involved in a number of long-term avian research projects, both with a number of owl species and Saltmarsh Sparrows. Sean is a federally permitted Master bird bander and the station manager of the Belle Isle Marsh Education and Research Station.