All are welcome to attend our programs which meet at the Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye. Refreshments are at 7:00 pm. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm. For more information contact Dan Hubbard at 603-332-4093, or

Magyar Madarok (Hungarian Birds): Birding Hungary Without a Car, Kowa, or Clue

January 8, 2014
Kurk Dorsey, UNH Associate Professor of History, got to spend four months in Budapest, Hungary in the fall of 2011. With no car, no scope, and limited ability to communicate even in English, much less Magyar, he still managed to see some of the great birds of Central Europe (and not get lost or cause an international incident). You too can bird Hungary by rail, foot, and mooching.

Program: The Mortal Sea
Wednesday, February 12
Professor W. Jeffrey Bolster, UNH History Department presents an illustrated talk based on his recent book The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail. Since the Viking, Middle Ages ascendancy, the Atlantic shaped people’s lives around its rim. Just as surely, people have shaped the Atlantic. In his innovative account of this interdependency, Bolster, a historian and former professional seafarer, takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest world ecosystems. Bolster tells a story that is both ecological and human; the prelude to an environmental disaster.

Program: Birding with Sacagawea - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - Rescheduled for August
Wednesday, March 12
Most people know the basics of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and most birders know that Lewis's Woodpecker and Clark's Nutcracker are named after the explorers. This program is your chance to combine history and birding all in one place! Pam Hunt, Senior Biologist at NH Audubon, has traveled the Lewis and Clark Trail twice, and this presentation stems from her most recent effort in the spring of 2013. See the places that the Corps of Discovery saw in 1804-06 and hear how the landscape and wildlife along the route have changed over the last 200 years.

Program: The Nature of Pondicherry
Wednesday, April 9
Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge (1963-2013) with this slide show. Learn where its name came from, why it is such an important wildlife area and the events that have occurred over the past fifty years to make this such a well-loved area. Pondicherry has recorded an amazing 237 species of birds, 77 species of dragonflies and damselflies, 65 species of butterflies, and has many other interesting features. Future plans will be discussed and participants will be invited to share stories about Pondicherry. Speaker David Govatski is the President of the Friends of Pondicherry.

Program: Barbets, Bulbuls, and Bee-eaters: Exploring the Birds and Beauty of Vietnam
Wednesday, May 14
Katie Towler and Jim Sparrell will share their trip to Vietnam in August, 2013. Starting in Ho Chi Minh City, they traveled with their birding guide to a tropical National Park, a small town in a mountain pass, and then to the cool temperatures of the south central highlands. Katie taught in Hanoi during September and managed additional trips with highlights that included seeing rare and endemic species such as Annam Barbet, Vietnamese Cutia, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Dalat Shrike, Grey-crowned Crocia, and Siamese Fireback, as well as many more common, beautiful birds and a few familiar feathered friends.