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.

September 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Meet dockside in Rye Harbor at 7:30 am for an 8 am departure
You MUST REGISTER in advance for this trip
In past years September pelagics 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 Tuesday, September 5th 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: Lauren Kras ( for more details.

Field Trip: Pickering Ponds
Sunday, September 10, 8:00 am
City park trails run along the Cocheco River and around the old wastewater treatment facility settling ponds and provide habitat for migrant songbirds and waterfowl. Meet walk leader Dan Hubbard at Pickering Ponds. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant entrance on Pickering Road, Rochester (opposite mailbox #374).
Contact: Dan Hubbard,, 603-332-4093

Field Trip: Strafford County Farm
Sunday, September 17, 8:00 am
This walk will include the Don Black Trail and the hedgerows around the fields of the conserved property at the Strafford County Complex (good for sparrows in fall). The walk will last as long as participants choose, but not beyond noon. For directions or more information, contact leader Dan Hubbard at or 603-332-4093.

Seacoast Science Center  Bioblitz!
Saturday September 23, 2017
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,
October 2017
Field trip: Coastal Migration
Saturday October 7, 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
November 2017
Field trip: The Coast of Maine.
Saturday, November 11, 9 am – 2 pm
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 Ablowich at 603-659-6078.