Programs

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 danielhubbard@peoplepc.com


Program: Antarctica Adventures
Wednesday, September 9
Dr. Marco Restani, Professor of Wildlife Ecology at St. Cloud State University, MN and Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society Board Member, will provide an overview of the unique jurisdiction governing Antarctica, sustainability of tourism in the Southern Ocean, and natural history of the region's wildlife. He will also discuss challenges to conservation at high visitation sites, focusing on the damage wrought by introduced species, potential impacts from human disturbance, and the ever-looming threat of climate change. Antarctica is different now than it was only 50 years ago and changing rapidly. It's probably time to schedule a visit. Marco grew up birding with the Seacoast Chapter when he attended high school in Durham (class of 1981). Members of the Chapter had an immense, positive impact on his life and he attributes much of his professional success as an ornithologist to those members who encouraged and guided his development during the late 1970s. He has fond memories of birding in NH.


Program: Soundscape Ecology: Using Recorded Sound to Estimate Habitat Biodiversity
Wednesday, October 14
Natural habitats are full of sound; from roaring wind, to human-made sounds, to those of birds, amphibians and insects. How can these sounds be recorded and analysed to help understand how busy a habitat is? Who is there and how are they interacting? How does the soundscape change over time? Sue Bickford, Natural Resource Specialist for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in ME, will give an overview of how some of these questions are being answered through a joint project between the Reserve and Purdue University in Indiana. 


Program: The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco
Wednesday, November 11
A feature length film comprised of 8 chapters that highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant, yet amazing and diverse, groups of songbirds in North America, the juncos.
Could be replaced by a live presentation; check seacoastchapter.org for updates.

Program: Winter Ticks and Moose
Wednesday, December 9
Kyle Ball, a Master's candidate at UNH, will describe his research project. It is focused on how Winter Tick (Dermacentor albipictus) abundances change through space and time based primarily on weather patterns and ground conditions and how their abundance, in turn, affects the population dynamics of the Moose (Alces alces) in our region.

Program: Effects of Invasive Shrubs on Common Yellowthroat Breeding Successse
Wednesday, January 14
UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Specialist Matt Tarr will present the results of his PhD research investigating how a reduction in caterpillar abundance associated with the presence of invasive shrubs influences the productivity and behavior of Common Yellowthroats. He will also provide an overview of ongoing research investigating habitat use, site fidelity, and juvenile dispersal of shrubland dependent birds in southeastern NH.

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