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: The Franconia Breeding Bird Survey

Wednesday, September 13
The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a program to monitor the status and trends of North American birds during the breeding season. The BBS is a roadside survey conducted annually by volunteers in the US, Canada, and Mexico. This presentation, by Steve Hale, PhD, Research Associate at the UNH Leitzel Center, will feature the Franconia route, which has run for the full 52 years of the program, since its inception in 1966. It begins at Cannon Mountain, runs south along the western valley flanking Kinsman Ridge in the White Mountains, heads eastward up and over Kinsman Notch, descends through Woodstock, and ends in Lincoln. Images of the diverse birds, habitats, and trend data will be presented. 


Program: A Tour of Ghana

Wednesday, October 11
Dana and Bob Fox will share adventures from their tour of Ghana, which is situated in the heart of West Africa. They found Ghana, the first sub-Saharan colonial country to gain its independence in 1957, to be a friendly, safe, and stable African destination. Once known as the Gold Coast, Ghana has a colorful and vibrant culture and a turbulent history, a coast lined with beautiful beaches and numerous forts, over 750 species of birds, a surprising number of large mammals, and an amazing array of butterflies. The charismatic Yellow-headed Picathartes with their bulky mudcup nests on an overhanging rock face deep in the forest was a favorite. They will show us Kakum National Park with its canopy walkway, Ankasa, a pristine wet-evergreen forest near the western border, the superb Mole National Park where they watched African Savanna Elephants from their hotel, the Burkina Faso border with its distinct family of birds, the amazing Egyptian Plover, and the Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary's primary lowland forest. Come and learn more.


Program: A Birder's Trip to Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, November 8
Visit these tropical islands, famous as a birding destination, with colorful honeycreepers, motmots, tanagers, and Scarlet Ibis, among many others. From the unique Oilbird, to the hummingbird show at Trinidad's Asa Wright Nature Center's veranda, to the tropicbirds of the blue waters of Tobago, Bob Quinn of Merlin Enterprises and Becky Suomala of NH Audubon will introduce you to some of the wonders of a trip here. Bob has been on many trips to these islands and Becky went on one in March, 2017, enjoying the butterflies and plants, as well as the birds.


Program: The Current Status of White-Nose Syndrome and NH Bats

Wednesday, December 13
This presentation by Susi von Oettingen, Endangered Species Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is an update on the status of White-Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease affecting winter hibernating bats in the US, with an emphasis on the impact to NH species. There will be a  quick review of NH bats, the species and their life histories, and also the current status of the disease and its implications for the future of bats in NH. A description of the disease, species affected, range expansion, research studies underway, and investigations into treatment, will be included. 


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

Wednesday, January 10

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. 
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