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. For more information contact Dan Hubbard at 603-332-4093, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, August 13 (Rescheduled from March)
Most people know the basics of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and most birders know that Lewis's Woodpecker and Clark's Nutcracker are named after the explorers. This program is your chance to combine history and birding all in one place! Pam Hunt, Senior Biologist at NH Audubon, has traveled the Lewis and Clark Trail twice, and this presentation stems from her most recent effort in the spring of 2013. See the places that the Corps of Discovery saw in 1804-06 and hear how the landscape and wildlife along the route have changed over the last 200 years.
Program: Snowy Owls
Wednesday, September 10
Norman Smith, Director of Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum, has studied Snowy Owls since 1981. As part of his research, he attaches bands and transmitters to the owls at Logan Airport, and then tracks their travels. The transmitters allow researchers to learn more about Snowy Owl migration routes, the rate at which they travel, if and where they stop along the way, where they spend the breeding season, and where they spend the winter. After an astounding 2013-2014 NH invasion of Snowy Owls, come learn about Norman's fascinating experiences with the species.
This date is the Seacoast Chapter annual business meeting for the election of Executive Board officers.
Program:Migration Eight Months of the Year -Living on the Strait of Gibraltar
Wednesday, October 8
Join longtime Seacoast Chapter members Al and Linda Maley who will describe the birds and places near where they've lived in Spain for the last few years. Storks, vultures, hawks, eagles, swifts and swallows are just some of the thousands of birds on their way to and from Africa and Europe that overfly the farm where the Maleys have spent the last four winters.
Program: Birding Marvelous Morocco and the Canary Islands
Wednesday, November 12
Dana and Bob Fox travel the world to see wonderful birds in amazing habitats. In this program, they will lead us on a journey to two of the Canary Islands and some of the bird rich areas of Morocco, including the Atlas Mountains, the coast with a pelagic trip, the gorges, the high desert, and the western edges of the Sahara. Come and explore these exciting birding destinations.
Program: Injured Seal on a New Hampshire Beach? Who You Gonna Call?
Wednesday, December 10
As of January, 2014, for the first time, you will call a NH rescue team from the Seacoast Science Center (SSC). For 47 years, the New England Aquarium led the rescue response and for the past seven years, members of the SSC's crew contributed as volunteer responders. Today, the Center is responsible for 238 miles of NH shoreline from Great Bay and Hampton Harbor to the Isles of Shoals. The program starts with an evocative thought experiment about the evolution of Americans' relationship to marine mammals. You'll learn how the Center's Team is protecting animals from people and people from animals through response, rescue, and education. You will also find out which species of seals visit our shores, from the ice seals of winter to the most commonly seen year-round seals. Speakers are Ashley Stokes, Rescue Coordinator, and SSC President, Wendy Lull.
Program: Turtles of New Hampshire; What You May Not Know
Wednesday, January 14
Do you know that NH has no truly terrestrial turtles or that we have a state endangered turtle? Turtles are very long lived and their continued existence depends on this longevity. Turtles see in color and hatchling/baby turtles receive no parental care. Please join us and learn much more about the natural history of turtles. Chris Bogard, a NH State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, will present a few of her case histories of turtles hit by cars and also bring some live individuals that you may never have seen before.