Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend returns January 30 – February 1
Bird watchers from throughout New England will flock to Cape Ann to participate in the sixth annual Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend presented by The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Swarovski Optik, The Retirement Financial Center, Thomas T. Riquier, CFP; and Mass Audubon. The Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester will serve as headquarters for the weekend event on January 30 through February 1.
Cape Ann is known to birdwatchers worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, working with Mass Audubon, has planned a weekend filled with a variety of events for all levels of birders.
Robert Buchsbaum from Mass Audubon and Bird Naturalist Jim MacDougall will be featured speakers during the weekend. Not to be missed on Saturday, January 31 will be a live Owl presentation hosted by Eyes on Owls. www.eyesonowls.com
Expert guides will lead bus trips to many of the birding hot spots around Cape Ann. For those who cannot make it on the guided tours other expert guides will be on site at the Elks throughout the day on Saturday, January 31. A bird-watching excursion aboard 7 Seas Whale Watch’s Privateer IV will take place on Sunday, February 1 (weather permitting) out of Gloucester Harbor. The cost for the boat trip is $60 per person.
On Friday, January 30, from 1 to 3 pm, Trident Gallery, located at 189 Main Street, Gloucester, will kick off Winter Birding Weekend with a workshop titled “”Drawing Birds and Wildlife from Nature”. Artist Sandy McDermott, will guide the participants on the close observation and field sketching of birds and other wildlife. No prior drawing experience is necessary. Reservations are required as space is limited so sign up early.
Space is still available for the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend and people are encouraged to register in advance. Register for the event and find more information, including a detailed schedule of activities, by visiting the Chamber website at www.capeannchamber.com.