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.

Fall 2019 Field Trips

Beginner Bird Walk: Pickering Ponds
Wednesday, September 4 AND Sunday, September 8, 8am
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 or 603-332-4093

BBW: Strafford County Farm
Sunday, September 15, 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

Bird Walk at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, September 28th, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Preregistration is required; call (978) 465-5753.

Participate in a bird walk at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located in Newington, NH. This program,
led by Dave Tucker, will include access to areas of the refuge that are normally closed to the public,
including Stubbs Pond and Woodman Point – where we will be on the lookout for fall migrants. Folks
with all experience levels are welcome. Group size will be limited to 15 people. Meet the program leader
in the refuge parking lot 10-15 minutes prior to the program start time. This program is co-sponsored by the refuge and New Hampshire Audubon. For
directions to the refuge, click on this link:

Field trip: Coastal Migration
Saturday October 5, 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 Chapter Fall Pelagic
Monday, October 14, 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 October pelagic trips 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!). The Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon is organizing an all day trip on Monday, October 14th 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. So join us to see what birds we might find on an October Pelagic!
Co leaders: Steve Mirick and Ben Griffith
Contact: David Blezard at or 603-343-1223.

Maine Coast
November 9, 8am
Meet at Perkins Cove. Dress warmly in layers and bring a lunch or snack. From Perkins Cove we will go to Nubble Light, Long Sands Beach, and Sea Point Beach.
Contact: Ann Albowich