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. Doors will be locked at 7:45 pm!!! For more information contact Dan Hubbard at 603-332-4093, or danielhubbard@peoplepc.com


Program: Oyster Restoration by Design in the Great Bay Estuary
Wednesday, February 13
Historically, the Great Bay Estuary was covered in oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs. Due to overharvest and environmental stressors, the reefs have largely been lost and consequently the loss of the ecosystem services provided by the reefs. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in partnership with UNH, has been restoring oyster reefs since 2009 and to date has restored a 28 acre footprint. As we continue in water restoration work and monitoring, we are also undertaking an assessment strategy, termed "restoration by design" to define where and how we conduct restoration in the future. The strategy aims to integrate site suitability for oyster restoration with additional interests such as recreational harvest areas, oyster aquaculture opportunities and eelgrass regeneration areas. Dr. Alix Laferriere, Coastal and Marine Director at TNC, will describe the ecological and physical site suitability criteria and ranking of sites within the estuary. She will discuss an estuary specific stakeholder planning tool and associated vetting process. A combination of in-water science and stakeholder feedback will produce a map for future reef construction. The restoration by design  project will enable TNC and its Great Bay habitat restoration and resource management collaborators to literally map out and begin to pursue a collective vision for oyster restoration efforts.


Program: Identification of Common Tern Foraging Areas in Coastal NH
Wednesday, March 13
Jessica Carloni, Waterfowl Biologist for the NH Fish and Game Department, will discuss her research for a Master's Degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology at UNH in which she tracked Common Terns nesting on Seavey Island at the Isles of Shoals to identify their important foraging areas.


Program: A New Revolution in Migration Research
Wednesday, April 10
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an array of radio telemetry stations that track the movements of birds and other small flying animals fitted with small radio transmitters (nanotags). This program will provide an overview of the system, what we are learning from it, efforts underway to expand the network in the Northeast, and how interested citizens can get involved. Presenter will be Carol Foss, Senior Advisor for Science and Policy at NH Audubon.


Program: Exploring the Upper Amazon River
Wednesday, May 8
Come and explore the Amazon River with Dana and Bob Fox. The upper Amazon River and basin is a realm of superlatives. Parrots, Macaws and Oropendolas flying overhead, a dozen types of woodpeckers including the largest one in the world in trees beside the river, ponderous Horned Screamers rising from the shallows, River Dolphins surfacing as we approach, a variety of monkeys, maybe even the Owl Monkey, for this area has the highest biodiversity of both birds and plants in the world. You can judge the best tanagers from the 20 we will see. If you like colorful birds, enjoy the Gilded Barbet, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Blue Cotinga and Chestnut-eared Aracari. This will be high water time and the river islands have habitats all their own with many species found nowhere else in the world. We will explore this river from a riverboat and make excursions up the small streams in small flat bottom boats.


Program: State of the Loon-The Natural History, Challenges, and Successes of Loons in NH
Wednesday, June 12
Have you ever wondered why a loon's eyes are red? Why loon chicks ride on their parent's backs? What loons are saying with those eerie calls in the night? Join biologist Harry Vogel as he talks about this unique symbol of NH's wild lakes and its special place in the hearts of NH residents. Harry will talk about loons, challenges facing loons, and the Loon Preservation Committee's work to safeguard NH's threatened loon population. 
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