Field Trips

All are welcome to join us on our field trips, which are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, field trips often last through noon, so please bring a lunch. Field trips will only be canceled due to extremely bad weather. If you have a question about cancellations, contact the field trip leader. Carpooling is encouraged. For directions and information, call the field trip leaders whose phone numbers can be found in the trip descriptions.

Beginner Bird Walks (BBW) 

NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter will have three walks this late summer. Although these walks are geared with the beginner birder in mind, birders of all levels of expertise are encouraged to participate and share their experiences.   Children are gladly welcome with  an  adult. Trips end around 12 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water,   insect repellent, and sunscreen. Walks are free and open to the public.


BBW: Pickering Ponds

Wednesday, September 5 and Sunday, September 9, 8 am
These walks will traverse Rochester city park trails along the Cocheco River and around old wastewater treatment facility settling ponds. Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pickering Road (opposite mailbox #374).

NOTE: Because of the popularity of these trips, we ask that you please register in advance. In the event of a large group, we will plan to have additional leaders.

Contact: Dan Hubbard at or 603-332-4093


BBW: Strafford County Farm

Sunday, September 16, 8 am
This walk will include the Don Black Trail and the hedgerows around the fields of the conserved property at the Strafford County Complex. Meet at the parking lot across from the office of the Strafford County Community Work Program, 266 County Farm Road (map and directions at their website:

Contact: Dan Hubbard at or 603-332-4093


Field trip: Seacoast Chapter Fall Pelagic

Monday, September 17, Meet dockside at Rye Harbor at 7:30 am for an 8 am departure

You MUST REGISTER in advance for this trip.

In past years September pelagic out of Rye harbor have ventured into MA, NH, and ME waters (which state's waters we visit depends on where the birds are) and have turned up interesting birds including four species of Shearwater (Great, Manx, Cory’s, and Sooty), 2 species of Phalarope (Red-necked and Red), 3 species of Jaeger (Parasitic, Long-tailed, Pomarine), two species of Storm-petrel (Wilson’s and Leach’s), Northern Fulmar, and other species such as Black Tern, Sabine’s Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull. (As with any trip no bird species is guaranteed or should to be expected!).  As in past years, the Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon is organizing an all day trip on Monday, September 17th out of Rye Harbor aboard the MV Granite State.  The cost is $75 per person to cover fuel, boat time, and high-quality fish-based chum.

Contact: NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter at


Bird Walk: Bellamy River WMA (Wildlife Management Area)

Sunday, September 23, 8am
Bellamy River WMA is a 400 acre parcel of former farm land with a mix of field and forest, a few fresh water creeks, and tidal shore on the Bellamy River near Little Bay in Dover.  We’ll traipse about looking for lingering breeders and fall migrants mostly in the uplands.  Dress for ticks! Entrance is off Rabbit Rd., off of Back River Road near Route 4.  Likely to be done birding by noon.
Contact: Dave Tucker, 207-752-1417



Field trip: Coastal Migration

Saturday, October 6, 8 am
Meet at the Odiorne Point State Park parking lot. Trip begins with a fall migration walk around Odiorne and then birding south along the New Hampshire coast.
Contact: Steve Mirick, 978-374-0654 or e-mail


Seacoast Science Center Bioblitz!

Saturday September 15, 6 am – 5 pm
The Bioblitz is scientists, field naturalists and backyard enthusiasts coming together to appreciate and learn about biodiversity and record data on as many different species as possible in one day at Odiorne State Park for The Seacoast Science Center. There will be guided programs around the park covering many different topics, including birds. For more information refer to the Seacoast Science Center website,