Programs

NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Programs
7:00 pm: refreshments; 7:30 pm: meeting
We are now hosting our programs using Zoom!
Contact: Dan Hubbard, 332-4093, danielhubbard@peoplepc.com



The Green Scare Meets the Red Scare: Aldo Leopold and the Post-war Attempt to Create Environmentalism

Wednesday, November 18

Seacoast Chapter member Kurk Dorsey will present a lesson in environmental history. In 1949, readers got their first taste of Aldo Leopold's classic environmental work, A Sand County Almanac, and they were not impressed. Ironically, Leopold was the least effective of three well-known authors who published books in the span of a year calling for Americans to re-think how they used their environment before disaster struck. William Vogt's Road to Survival and Fairfield Osborn's Our Plundered Planet were widely read in the English-speaking world. Yet, the three men's warnings failed to create change in US environmental policy, as this Green Scare was overwhelmed by the Red Scare.

Bio: Kurk Dorsey is the chair of the History Department at the University of New Hampshire and the author of two books on environmental history. He also exemplifies the old saying, "often in error, seldom in doubt".

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Birding the American West

Wednesday, December 9

NH Audubon member Charlie Nims will take us on a birding tour of the American West. The American West is a land of diverse habitats ranging from prairie to peak to mesa to desert and shares a long border with Mexico. All of that translates into a broad spectrum of bird families from longspurs to grouse to exotics only found along the border. Traveling from Colorado to Arizona to California, Charlie will share his experiences from frequent birding trips to these areas over a dozen years. It won't only be about birds, however, as there is abundant wildlife, beautiful flowers and gorgeous landscapes, all of which will be incorporated into his Birding the American West presentation. Oh, and we will also take a pelagic trip in Monterey Bay.

Bio: Charlie Nims is an experienced birder who moved to the Mt. Washington Valley seven years ago. Currently, he is a NH Audubon Board of Trustees member. Prior to moving here, he was active with Mass Audubon where he served on its Advisory Council, co-lead several destination trips including a nine day trip to Colorado, and was a volunteer at its South Shore sanctuaries. He continues to be involved with the South Shore Bird Club in MA, where he regularly led field trips. Charlie has participated in NH Audubon's Olive-sided Flycatcher Survey, Common Nighthawk Watch, and has an Eastern Whip-poor-will survey route. He regularly travels around the US and Canada for birding and in 2015 tallied over 500 American Birding Assoc. species. Recently, he has been doing more international birding.

In addition to birding, Charlie enjoys traveling, skiing, and hiking. He has hiked all of NH's 4000' peaks and the 5 highest in the continental US.



Pelagic Birds and Wildlife of the Gulf of Maine

Wednesday, January 13

Join Steve Mirick, long time active NH birder and leader of many pelagic bird trips, for an exploration of the birds and assorted marine life encountered off the NH coastline in the Gulf of Maine. Learn why this area is so important for marine life and how pelagic birds have adapted to a life at sea.

 

Bio: Steve Mirick has been birding in the State of NH for over 35 years. He was the former fall editor for NH Bird Records and is the author of Birding the New Hampshire Seacoast and Great Bay. He has led countless field trips along the NH coast and has led many pelagic bird trips off the coastline.

 




3 Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It

Wednesday, February 10

In 2019, a landmark publication in Science magazine documented the loss of 3 billion birds from the North American avifauna over the past 50 years. Lead author Ken Rosenberg will describe the scientific results of this study, the unprecedented attention it received in the media and the public, and efforts over the past year to respond to this loss and bring back the birds.

 

Bio: Ken Rosenberg is an Applied Conservation Scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with a joint partnership appointment at American Bird Conservancy. Ken has been at Cornell for 27 years, after receiving a PhD in Zoology from Louisiana State University studying foraging specialization in Amazonian birds, a MSc from Arizona State University, and a BS from Cornell. Ken’s current research focuses on the conservation status and health of bird populations and filling crucial knowledge gaps that impede full annual-cycle conservation of migratory birds, especially the stopover behavior of our long-distance migrants in Central and South America. Ken has been a long-time leader in Partners in Flight and is on the US Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, where he leads NABCI’s production of US and North American State of the Birds Reports. He is also a Fellow at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Ken is a lifelong birder and is dedicated to promoting amateur contributions to ornithology and conservation through eBird and other citizen science programs.



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