By Gail McCarthy
---- — Did you know that birds from the Arctic tundra and birds from the grasslands of Argentina visit Cape Ann each year?
Viewers of “BirdWatcherTV,” hosted by Gloucester resident Robert Sherman, will learn about such birds and more when the show premieres tonight at 8:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. Viewers will join Sherman, also producer, videographer and editor of this series, as he travels around Cape Ann in search of wild birds. Along the way, viewers meet the people who watch birds, feed birds, study birds or who are just plain crazy about birds.
Sherman is a naturalist who works as a park ranger and natural history interpreter for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. His interest in ornithology and bird-watching began during his college years when he was a geography major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been leading birding tours in Massachusetts since the early 1990s.
In this new series, Sherman captures the natural beauty of Cape Ann and its stunning wildlife on camera. He was trained in television production at Cape Ann TV and used its editing facilities and field camera equipment to produce “BirdWatcherTV.”
“Robert is very dedicated to this project. He created this program over the past few months in his ‘down time’ and made a remarkable first-time documentary on the birds that inhabit Cape Ann,” said Cape Ann TV production coordinator Lisa Smith. “You can really tell that this a labor of love. We are looking forward to Robert’s next program, highlighting the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend that occurred earlier in February.”
Sherman said he hopes viewers of “BirdWatcherTV” “gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and diversity of what is so close to home, and I want to encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature.”
“BirdWatcherTV” premieres this week and airs on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 22, at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m.
Staff Writer Gail McCarthy may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.