Sanibel Captiva Audubon

Birding Eastern Massachusetts and Beyond

Date: Thursday January 5, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Sanibel Community House
2173 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

Eastern Massachusetts has some of the best bird watching locations on the East Coast. Want to know where to see thousands of shorebirds as they migrate through Massachusetts in August? How about a good location to observe Snowy Owls in winter? Maybe you are interested in witnessing the annual hawk migration in the spring and autumn or the best locations in the spring as many of the songbirds move north to their summer breeding grounds. For people with a keen interest in the natural word and wildlife found in Massachusetts this program by Shawn Carey will explore many locations to view these beautiful birds and other wildlife with stunning photographs and videos. In addition we will look at a few “hot spots” beyond Massachusetts that no birder will want to miss. So grab your binoculars, spotting scope and Stokes field guide as we look at birds of Eastern Massachusetts and beyond.

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Wild Care, Fund Raiser

“A Wing and a Care” Building a Future for Birds
Latest video from Migration Productions
Produced by Jim Grady and Shawn Carey
Graphics Sabina Grady
Narrated by Ken Lacouture
Script writer Devin Griffiths
Sound Track Chris Duval


Snowy Owls, Atlantic Puffins, and American Kestrels are connected by more than simply a resemblance of form or function. A crucial thread ties them together: each one has an advocate committed to protecting it and educating others about its plight. Migration Productions’ latest work, “A Wing And A Care,” opens a window onto the lives of these three birds, and introduces you to the men dedicated to their preservation and survival.

 For more than 30 years, Norman Smith has been studying Snowy Owls. Through his Snowy Owl Project, which he started in 1981, Smith has banded and released 700 birds, shedding light on migration routes, learning their habits, and gaining insight into their lifestyles. Along the way, Smith has given countless public presentations in his relentless effort to promote Snowy Owl conservation.
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Four decades ago, Dr. Stephen Kress founded Project Puffin with the goal of restoring Atlantic Puffins to Maine’s Eastern Egg Rock—a historical breeding site that had been empty of puffins for nearly a century. Thanks to Dr. Kress’ vision and more than half a lifetime of dedicated and tireless work, he has done what many thought impossible: the Puffins are back, and Eastern Egg Rock is once again home to a thriving colony of these delightful birds.
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Tom Sayers is a retired schoolteacher and keen observer of the natural world. Deeply involved in the Connecticut birding community, Sayers began to see a sharp decline in the local population of American Kestrels. In 2010, Sayers took action, launching a groundbreaking program to establish and monitor Kestrel nest boxes, banding each year’s new birds. Over the course of six seasons, he’s banded almost 450 fledgling Kestrels, collecting valuable data and shining a light on the habits and health of this magnificent falcon.

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Tom Sayers is a retired schoolteacher and keen observer of the natural world. Deeply involved in the Connecticut birding community, Sayers began to see a sharp decline in the local population of American Kestrels. In 2010, Sayers took action, launching a groundbreaking program to establish and monitor Kestrel nest boxes, banding each year’s new birds. Over the course of six seasons, he’s banded almost 450 fledgling Kestrels, collecting valuable data and shining a light on the habits and health of this magnificent falcon.