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 Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon thanks for their sponsorship.  




Program: Drone Technology for Natural Resource Management
Wednesday, March 10 

Drones can do so much more than delivering pizzas and Amazon boxes! Learn how this exciting technology is being used for natural resource management, from monitoring bird nesting colonies to measuring erosion on beaches. Presenter will be Sue Bickford, Stewardship Coordinator for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, ME, as well as owner of drone consulting company, New England UAV.

 

Bio: Sue Bickford is the Stewardship Coordinator for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, ME as well as the owner of New England UAV. She helps organizations understand and utilize drone technology and creates STEM curricula for using drone technology in high school and college level classes.





Program: Ravens, Wolves and People

Wednesday, April 14
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Common ravens are known to scavenge from wolves and people, but the degree to which they exploit  these and other sources of food has not been studied in detail. In 2019, Matthias Loretto and presenter John Marzluff began tagging ravens in Yellowstone National Park with long-lasting GSM transmitters. After tagging >60 ravens and relating their movements to those of people and wolves, they are gaining an appreciation of the raven's reliance on both providers. John will describe the movements of territorial and non-breeding ravens and relate these to wolf- and human-provisioned foods. He will focus on the exploits of individual birds to emphasize variability. They observed ravens using wolf kills, but the ravens' discovery appears more incidental than a result of following or purposeful search. As they begin to quantify the relationship between wolves and ravens, they may learn more about raven and wolf synchrony, but at present, it appears to be weak, with discovery of kills occurring during the day rather than after communal roosting. Ravens made extensive use of anthropogenic resources, including direct handouts, wastewater treatment ponds, dumps, agriculture, roadkills, and hunter offal. Territorial ravens have extensive knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and exploit areas in excess of 6500 square miles to obtain their yearly needs.

 

Bio: John Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. His graduate (Northern Arizona University) and initial post-doctoral (University of Vermont) research focused on the social behavior and ecology of jays and ravens. He continues this theme investigating the intriguing behavior of crows, ravens, and jays. His current research focuses on the interactions of ravens and wolves in Yellowstone. He teaches Ornithology, Governance and Conservation of Rare Species, Field Research in Yellowstone, and Natural and Cultural History of Costa Rica.

Professor Marzluff has written five books and edited several others. His Welcome to Subirdia (2014 Yale) discovers that moderately settled lands host a splendid array of biological diversity and suggests ways in which people can steward these riches to benefit birds and themselves. His most recent book, In Search of Meadowlarks (2020 Yale) connects our agriculture and diets to the conservation of birds and other wildlife.

Dr. Marzluff has mentored over 40 graduate students and authored over 140 scientific papers on various aspects of bird behavior and wildlife management. He is a member of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Recovery Team for the critically endangered Mariana Crow, a former member of the Washington Biodiversity Council, a Fellow of the American Ornithologist's Union, and a National Geographic Explorer.


Program: The American Prairie Reserve

Wednesday, May 12

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Betsy Robinson and Steve Gehman, who have had careers as wildlife biologists and naturalist guides, will present an introduction to the ongoing effort to create a 3 million acre prairie reserve in central Montana. They will discuss some of the unique characteristics of the prairie ecosystem and will feature some of their favorite birds and experiences from their time documenting bird species presence and abundance on the Reserve. Other topics include the value of prairie dogs and the presence of native large mammals and carnivores, and the importance of establishing a large herd of free-ranging bison.


Bio: Betsy and Steve both grew up in the East, followed different paths westward, and then pursued careers as wildlife biologists and naturalist guides. They met while working for National Audubon's Camp in The West at Dubois, Wyoming. They later married and founded Wild Things Unlimited, a non-profit organization that they ran for 22 years. Operating out of Bozeman, Montana, they conducted studies of wolverines, Canada lynx and grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, as well as prairie birds in central Montana. Between 2005 and 2013, Betsy and Steve spent parts of four summers documenting bird species presence and abundance on the American Prairie Reserve. They moved to New Hampshire in 2019 and live in Hillsborough with their two golden retrievers.


Program: A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds - CANCELLED
Wednesday, June 9

[Our presenter had a technical issue and is not able to be with us on June 9.  We will try to reschedule for the future.]

Even as scientists make astounding discoveries about the navigational and physiological feats that enable migratory birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, go weeks without sleep or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, humans have brought many migrants to the brink. Based on his newest book, "A World on the Wing," author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe-with researchers in the lab probing the limits of what migrating birds can do, to the shores of the Yellow Sea in China, to the remote mountains of northeastern India where tribal villages saved the greatest gathering of falcons on the planet, and the Mediterranean where activists and police battle bird poachers-to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world's great bird migrations.

Bio: Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind," "Return to Wild America" and "The First Frontier." His newest book, "A World on the Wing" about global migration, will be released in March 2021. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for National Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest and writes for a variety of other publications, including Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Living Bird. He is also an active field researcher, studying Northern Saw-whet Owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of Snowy Owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded. 

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