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Community Stuff 1/25/13

Cape Ann Winter Birding


Did you know there are more birds on Cape Ann in the winter than there are
in the summer? A great opportunity to see and photograph them is coming up
at the Chamber’s Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend, February 1-3. It will be
headquartered at the Elks’ on the backshore, itself a good place to see
birds. There’ll be lectures and exhibitions, but there are also Saturday bus
trips with expert guides to all the best vantage points on the Cape to see
birds like the harlequin ducks on the logo. On Sunday morning (weather
permitting) there’ll be a boat trip offshore to see pelagic birds such as
eiders and gannets. Serious birders will get a chance to add to their life
lists, novices will get a chance to see what all the fuss is about, with
knowledgeable help. It’s great for kids too, very inexpensive, and all
wrapped up before the Super Bowl starts, (as if anyone cares anymore.) More
info is available at the Chamber website
<http://www.capeannchamber.com/birdingweekend/index.htm> .


From Dora Tevan, Ethnic Arts Center-

Baba Yaga



February Vacation Programming

February Vacation

Our educators have put together a series of fun and informative programs for February school vacation.

Morning sessions for pre-K through 1st grade (with a parent or guardian) include: Giant Plankton!; Make your own "Socktopus"; Ancient Sea Creatures; How to Catch a Fish; and Big Fish Eat Little Fish.

Afternoon drop-off sessions for 2nd through 5th grades include:

Microphotography Workshop; Octopus and Squid Printing Lab; Fossils and Prehistoric Sea Life; Fishes and Fishing Gear; Predators, Prey, and Ocean Food Webs.

All programs are $20 each for non-members, $15 for members.  Sign up for all programs in a session and receive a 20% discount (one program for free!).  Visit our website for more information or to register.

When:  February 18-22, 2013

Where:  Maritime Gloucester

              23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

FEBRUARY — You’ve Got to Love the 2013 Winter Lecture Series

Those dark cold days of February make some of us want to hibernate. Maritime Gloucester is pleased to provide a good reason to come out of your cave at least once a week.  Thursday nights, to be more specific.

February events focus on our love affair with Cape Ann and Gloucester Harbor. The first two events are:

February 7th: "Sea Monsters of Cape Ann: A Diver Tells All"

presented by Phil Colarusso, Ph.D. Through pictures, video and narrative, Phil describes what is going on beneath of the surface.

February 14th: "A Birthday Party for Stubby the Cat"

A Special Fun Event for Stubby and anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting this independent Harbor Loop cat. Stay tuned for more details.

Watch here or check our website for updates to the full listing of speakers and events.

All lectures are free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and we recommend early arrival.

Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice

Maritime Gloucester is pleased to partner with Cape Ann Community Cinema (CACC) for a showing of Chasing Ice this Sunday, January 27th at 6 pm at CACC as a benefit for Maritime Gloucester. 

Tickets for the show can be purchased online through CACC, or at the event if seats are still available.

When: Sunday, January 27th, 6:00 pm

Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema

             21 Main Street, Gloucester


North Shore Kid Comes Through Again- Beginning Winter Birding At Halibut Point State Park

You know there is one singular site that when I’m trying to figure out something to do with the kids other than sitting around the house playing board games- North Shore Kid

The way Bill and Kelly have the site laid out, easy to navigate, highly searchable and always with direct links to the Children activity host’s website.  It’s just such a treasure trove of information for busy parents looking for fun educational stuff to do with their family.

So the kids are on a three day weekend and The Mrs is great about making sure they get outside but had been scratching her head as to what to do.  I go to the handy NorthShoreKid link in the sidebar on GMG, and lo and behold North Shore Kid is featuring a story about Beginning Birding at Halibut State Park.

Perfect, dress warm, get outside, see some cool migratory birds that happen to be stopping off at Halibut Point State Park and then hit one of the local coffee shops for some hot chocolate.

#Boom!  Thank you North Shore Kid.

Click here to go to North Shore Kid and get all the details for yourself and while you’re there bookmark it.  It’s definitely bookmark worthy!

Beginning winter birding is held on the 3rd Sunday of each Winter month

Photo Bill O’Connor, North Shore Kid

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend February 4-6th

Dear Joey,

Just a heads up to GMG readers about the Winter Birding Weekend organized by the Cape Ann Chamber and Mass Audubon February 4-6. It starts Friday afternoon with check in at the Elk’s Hall on the Back Shore and then an evening lecture by Chris Leahy on the winter birds of Cape Ann. Saturday morning and afternoon there are guided bus trips all over the Cape led by expert ornithologists, with stops back at the Elk’s for hot drinks and food and another slide presentation in the evening. There are also vendor booths set up with optics, bird carving, photography and many other related topics.

On Sunday morning we go out on the Privateer IV with Jay Frontiero at the wheel, an incredible opportunity to see pelagic birds otherwise invisible, Gannets, Grebes, maybe even a King Eider. We’ll be back in plenty of time for the Super Bowl, if anyone still cares.

As EJ would say, did you know there are more birds on Cape Ann in the winter than there are in the summer? There are, they are just harder to see. I have been a casual birder for many years, but I learned more about the birds around here in one weekend than I had in all the previous time. The opportunity to go out birding with the experts is not to be missed, whether one is a long time observer or just interested in another amazing aspect of our life in Gloucester. People on the tours are friendly and helpful. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them, folks will help out if you don’t.

More info at http://www.capeannchamber.com/birdingweekend/

Gregory R. Bover


Beginning Winter Birding

Date:     January 17, 2010
Location:     Halibut Point Reservation
Time:     8 – 10AM
Cost:     FREE to all.
Phone: 978.281.8400
E-mail: rlatham@ttor.org

Halibut Point is nationally renowned for viewing winter birds. Learn the basics of birding, natural history, and behavioral traits of our area’s winter birds such as ducks, gulls, cormorants, loons, grebes, gannets, and alcids. Meet at Halibut Point parking lot.

You can also join us on February 21 and March 21.

Click here for Driving Directions