13 and 14 February 2017: NH Audubon Backyard Winter Bird Survey. Backyard Winter Bird Survey participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire on the second weekend of February. Originally begun as a “Cardinal-Tufted Titmouse Census,” it was expanded in 1987 to gather information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. For more information: http://nhbirdrecords.org/%20bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/
15 February 2017: Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree. The Forest Society and Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon will host Curt Laffin of the American Chestnut Foundation for a discussion of the history and demise of this tree and promising efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it locally and throughout its historic range. The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. and is part of the Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. Less than 100 years ago, American chestnut trees dominated eastern U.S. forests. By the 1950s this population was reduced to short-lived stump sprouts. These trees reined over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a lethal fungus disease, chestnut blight. An estimated 4 billion American chestnuts, one quarter of all the hardwood tree population, grew within this range prior to the blight. For more information on the American Chestnut Foundation go to: http://www.acf.org/index.php
15 March 2017: Birding the Northeast Kingdom. Join us for an illustrated slide presentation on birding the NEK with photographer and birder Tom Berriman. Tom is the President of NEK Audubon in St Johnsbury, VT and has birded all over America but calls the NEK home. He will take us on a journey to many of the hotspots of the NEK to see favorites like the Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Evening Grosbeak, Bicknell’s Thrush and many more species.
19 April 2017: The Natural History of Ticks in New Hampshire with Professor Alan Eaton. Ticks and the health problems they cause are a big concern for anyone spending time outdoors. Professor Alan Eaton of UNH Extension Education in Durham, NH is the leading expert on ticks in New Hampshire. Dr. Eaton will describe the varieties of ticks and how to prevent tick borne illnesses. For more information go to: https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/resource000528_rep1451.pdf
11 May 2016: International Migratory Bird Day at Weeks State Park in Lancaster, NH. This morning guided bird hike with the Weeks State Park Association begins at 7 am at the parking area along the auto road to the summit of Mount Prospect at Weeks State Park in Lancaster, NH. We will walk up the auto road slowly looking for a variety of recent arrivals of warblers, flycatchers and vireos. We will walk approximately three miles on the park auto road. At 11 am we will regroup and drive over to the boat launch on Martin Meadow Pond to look for loons, eagles and osprey.
13 May 2016: International Migratory Bird Day at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge. This all day event features guided bird walks where we hope to see 100 or more species of birds during their migration north. We have two field trip starting times with the first beginning at Airport Marsh in Whitefield at 6 AM. The second field trip starts at 8 AM at the Pondicherry Trailhead on Airport Road in Whitefield across from the Biomass Power Plant. We will walk from 3-5 miles on easy terrain looking for a variety of warblers and raptors. Bring binoculars, lunch, water and clothing appropriate for the day’s weather. The event is free and open to the public. Free IMBD posters will be available. Stay as long as you like with the usual finish time around 3 pm. An evening program with a wrap up of the days discoveries will follow at the Rocks Estate on 4 Christmas Tree Lane in Bethlehem. A social hour begins at 6:30 pm with the evening program at 7 pm.
13 May 2016: Carnivores of the Plant World. Author Natch Greyes will present an illustrated program on the carnivorous plants of America with special emphasis on those we have in Northern New England including sundews, pitcher plants, butterwort and bladderwort. In real life Natch is an attorney, and his hobby is carnivorous plants. He is the author of two books on carnivorous plants, maintains a plant nursery and a blog on these fascinating plants at http://ngcarnivorousplants.blogspot.com
All evening programs are held at the Rocks Estate on 4 Christmas Tree Lane in Bethlehem and start at 7 PM and are free and open to the public. For more detailed information contact David Govatski at David.Govatski@gmail.com
All evening programs are held at the Rocks Estate on Christmas Tree Lane in Bethlehem and start at 7 PM and are free and open to the public. For more detailed information contact David Govatski, Chapter President, at David.Govatski@gmail.com