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: Vernal Pools and Breeding Amphibians

Wednesday, March 8
As snow melts and groundwater rises in early spring, migrating wood frogs and spotted salamanders return to their natal vernal pools to breed. Which species breed in these pools and why? What are some of the other residents and visitors? What are some threats to vernal pools and management recommendations for property owners to protect their health and function? Learn about the life cycles of the vernal pool obligate amphibians. Naturalist Dave Anderson, Director of Education for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, will share the ecology and natural history of vernal pools and the NH wildlife species adapted to use these pools for breeding and feeding. This program is a perfect opportunity to prepare and get psyched for the coming frog and salamander breeding seasons at a vernal pool near you!! 


Program: How to be a Better Birder - Tips on Improving Your Birdwatching Skills

Wednesday, April 12 
Join Seacoast Chapter member Steve Mirick for a discussion on topics ranging from identification, to photography, and to reporting of your bird sightings. In a changing world of technology, Steve shares some of his thoughts.


Program: Bird-friendly Buildings

Wednesday, May 10
Birds can't see glass. People can't either, but unlike birds, we "see" glass by interpreting the signals of the surrounding walls, window frames, doorways, and other features that make glass "visible" to us. Unfortunately for birds, there is a lot of glass and every year in the US, hundreds of millions of birds die by colliding head-on with windows, doors, bus shelters, noise barriers, and other structures. Although glass-covered skyscrapers are notoriously deadly for birds, they account for just 1% of fatalities. Far more deadly are the millions of homes, schools, and other smaller buildings across the landscape. The good news is that there are solutions! Come learn about Bird-friendly Buildings and how you can make your home safer for birds from Laura Deming, Senior Biologist at NH Audubon.


Program: The Messenger-DVD documentary

Wednesday, June 14
For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, birds have woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment and are vanishing at an alarming rate due to threats such as climate change, pesticides and more. As scientists, activists, and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in the acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary "The Messenger". Find out what's killing our songbirds and what can be done about it. 
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