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

Program: Of Mallards and Men: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

Wednesday, September 12
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was signed in 1918 and has served as the basis for much of the protection of our wild birds for 100 years. To celebrate the centennial of this important law, Kurk Dorsey will present an illustrated talk about the surprising story of how the federal government found itself in the business of protecting migratory wildlife. Such colorful characters as Woodrow Wilson, William Hornaday, and Mabel Osgood Wright played important roles in the drama.

Program: Restoring New England's Native Rabbit, the New England Cottontail

Wednesday, October 10
The New England cottontail, formerly known to local "coney" hunters, was once abundant in the thickets surrounding farms and agricultural fields and the young forests regenerating from regularly occurring natural disturbances. In the past several decades, as these shrubland habitats have declined on our landscape, so have populations of the New England cottontail and other shrubland-dependent species. This presentation by Adrienne Kovach, PhD., Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment, UNH, describes the history and current status of the New England cottontail locally and across its range in the Northeast, as well as the restoration efforts ongoing to recover the species. It also describes research and monitoring efforts that help guide restoration by tracking cottontail populations through the DNA obtained from their fecal pellets.

Program: Sanctuary Renewed: The Story of Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Wednesday, November 14
Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary is Mass Audubon's newest wildlife sanctuary. The 481 acre sanctuary is home to the largest freshwater restoration in the northeast. Once a working cranberry bog, this degraded landscape was restored to a vibrant ecological landscape. Come hear about this brand new sanctuary, the wonderful wildlife you can see when you visit, and some entertaining stories about what it takes to create a wildlife sanctuary from Sanctuary Director and former Chapter President Lauren Kras!

Program: Mongolia: Yurts, Yaks, and Yellow-breasted Buntings

Wednesday, December 12
Mongolia is a large, land-locked nation tucked between China and eastern Siberian Russia. It spans a range of habitats from boreal forest in the north to the Gobi Desert in the south and from the towering Altai Mountains in the west to the vast steppes in the east. Many of the eastern Palearctic's most desirable birds are found within its borders. Mammals, both large and small, are conspicuous. Many of its engaging and welcoming people, descendants of the great Genghis Khan, remain pastoralists and horsemen to this day. Others, in the rapidly growing capital of Ulaan Baatar, fully embrace the 21st century. Highlights of his recent natural history trip to this vast, sparsely peopled nation will be shared by Chapter member David Donsker.

Program: The Past, Present, and Future of New Hampshire Bobcats

Wednesday, January 9
Rory Carroll, a PhD candidate and conservation biologist at the University of New Hampshire, is part of a nearly decade long study of bobcats in the region. He will share what the research team has learned about the history and ecology of bobcats. Where did they come from? Where are they now? How do they live? How can we coexist? This interactive discussion will especially focus on his work examining how humans and developed areas impact the lifestyle of every Granite Stater's favorite wildcat.