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: Lake Baikal; Beautiful Birds, Bad Beer, and Buddhist Babushkas

Wednesday, February 14
Lake Baikal, also called the "pearl of Siberia" is a truly astonishing place. It is Earth's deepest lake, holding a fifth of the world's fresh water. At 25-30 million years old, it is also one of the most ancient geographical features on the planet. Perhaps, this is why the lake's water alone is home to 1,500 plant and animal species, 80% of which are found nowhere else on Earth! Diverse habitats around Lake Baikal, from expansive shorelines and mountain ranges to taiga forests and steppe meadows, attract numerous birds. Also, no trip to Siberia is complete without its human highlights, as culture, cuisine, and comedy weave themselves into a rich tapestry of local tradition. In July, 2016, Lena Moser, York County Audubon board member, co-led a birding tour to Lake Baikal with Wildside Nature Tours. Join Lena for an entertaining evening of photos and stories, as she recounts her journey to this remarkable region.

Program: Birding Cape Cod

Wednesday, March 14
NH Audubon members Susan Wrisley and Jenna Pettipas will share some of their favorite birding spots and experiences on Cape Cod. They will talk about some well known birding areas, as well as lesser known spots, and even some places that you may have thought were inaccessible.


Program: Hawk Watching in New Hampshire-What the Numbers Tell Us

Wednesday, April 11
NH Audubon's Phil Brown, Director of Land Management and Raptor Observatory Coordinator, will discuss the history of hawk watching in NH, the role it plays in monitoring raptor populations at NH Audubon's raptor observatories, and the future prospects of a Seacoast area hawk watch. Phil's talk is timed close to peak spring migration for several species and the focus on raptor identification, complete with inspiring photography, will provide tips and strategies for enjoying raptors more and contributing important data to better protect them.


Program: Name That Bird!

Wednesday, May 9
Fifteen years after its original debut as a Seacoast Chapter program, everyone's favorite ornithological quiz show, "Name That Bird!" returns for a one-night only engagement. This fast paced, interactive contest will put our birding experts to the test to see just how good they are. It's not enough to know the names, you must also be able to explain the how and the why of the ID. Plus, audience members get to play along too, including a few who will get the chance to go head to head against our birders extraordinaire for a chance to win real prizes and ultimate bragging rights. Everyone wins by learning more and honing their skills for the spring birding season.


Program: A Photo Journey through the Fundy Isles

Wednesday, June 13
Seacoast Chapter Executive Board member Kyle Wilmarth will be taking you on a photo journey through the Fundy Isles of New Brunswick. Starting with a small tour of Deer Island, NB, the smallest inhabited island among the Fundy Isles, we will get on the water and cruise to Whitehorse Island, one of the most southern colonies of nesting Black-legged Kittiwakes. This beautiful area is rich with birds and other wildlife and also home to the largest tidal whirlpool in the world,"the Old Sow."


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