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.

May 2017
Birds and Beers
Saturday, May 6, 8 am; Rain Date: Sunday, May 7, 8 am
Join Paul LaCourse for a repeat of the extremely popular Birds and Beer collaboration with Smuttynose Brewing Company.  We’ll bird Odiorne State Park in the morning before heading to the Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton for an afternoon social, brewery tour and beer tasting. This trip is open to all ages but only those over 21 with valid ID may sample beer at the brewery. Meet at Odiorne Point State Park (main parking area).
Contact: Paul LaCourse at placourse55@comcast.net

World End Pond Paddle
May 20 and June 3, 8 am
Bring your canoe or kayak and join Kyle Wilmarth for a paddle through local hotspot World End Pond.  Since 2012 Kyle has observed over 175 species of birds at the pond, including such rarities as Sandhill Crane and Tufted Duck!  Although these sightings are unlikely to repeat themselves, these trips provide a unique opportunity to see breeding marsh birds and migrant passerines and waterfowl. Contact: Kyle Wilmarth (kyle.wilmarth@gmail.com)

Beginner Bird Walks
NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter volunteers will lead six walks this spring. 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. Unless otherwise noted, walks start promptly at 7 am. Wednesday trips end by about 9 am so, if necessary, you can leave for work. Saturday and Sunday trips end around 12 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Walks are free and open to the public.

Odiorne Point
May 13, 8 am
Join Ben Griffith for a walk around Odiorne Point State Park looking for spring migrants.  The park’s extensive trail system traverses the historic park through coastal forest, marshes, and scrub making it an ideal resting spot for migrating landbirds. Contact Ben Griffith (bgriffith@gmail.com)

Pickering Ponds
Sunday May 14 and Wednesday May 17, 7 am
The May 14 Field Trip has been cancelled due to weather.
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).
Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-332-4093


Webster Wildlife Area
May 24, 7 am
Join Scott Heron for a walk through the Webster Wildlife Area to look for migrant and breeding birds, as well as other wildlife.  This unique area abuts one of New Hampshire’s most exemplary Altantic White Cedar Swamps and is home to a wide variety of animals and plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the state.

Strafford County Farm
May 28, 7 am
This walk will include the Don Black Trail and the hedgerows around the fields of the conserved property. The progress of the Osprey nest also will be checked. The walk will last as long as participants choose, but not beyond noon.
Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-332-4093


June 2017
World End Pond Paddle
June 3, 8 am
Bring your canoe or kayak and join Kyle Wilmarth for a paddle through local hotspot World End Pond.  Since 2012 Kyle has observed over 175 species of birds at the pond, including such rarities as Sandhill Crane and Tufted Duck!  Although these sightings are unlikely to repeat themselves, these trips provide a unique opportunity to see breeding marsh birds and migrant passerines and waterfowl. Contact: Kyle Wilmarth (kyle.wilmarth@gmail.com)


Have an idea for an additional field trip?  Contact field trip coordinator Ben Griffith at bgriffith AT gmail.com with your idea(s)!

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