is the Native American name for the area northwest of Cambridge, a name
that has been since replaced by Arlington, but which is remembered in many
locations and organizations in the area.
The Menotomy Bird Club evolved from "ArlingtonBirds," an e-mail listserve
that was started in 1998 by Marj Rines as a way for birders in and around
Arlington to share local information.
In February 2003 a social event organized by Oakes Plimpton was such
a success that members of ArlingtonBirds agreed we should use the listserve
to organize a local birding club. Stephen Baker put together a Steering
Committee to spearhead the formation of the club.
At the time of the formation of the club, two Bald Eagles on the Mystic
Lakes had been a popular birding destination for local birders, so the
combination of the Native American name and the eagle were combined in
the club's logo, a stylized petroglyph.
And we continue to function electronically. Events are promoted on the
web, but trips, lectures, and social events are the real thing.