FIELD TRIPS

MARCH


Seabrook Town Forest – Saturday March 30th 9:00 am

With diverse habitats of a large pond, mixed deciduous and coniferous woods, open fields, and shrubby thickets, the Seabrook Town Forest and Wellfield supports a wide variety of birds. Join trip leaders Ashton Almeida and Aidan Felch to explore this under-birded area. Meet by the gate at the end of Old New Boston Road at 9:00 am. Be prepared for the possibility of some wet trails. Contact Ashton Almeida ashtonipod@gmail.com or Aidan Felch felchaidan52@gmail.com with any questions. 

The trip is limited to 10 participants. Please click on the link below to sign-up.

APRIL

Bob Hull Memorial Bluebird Walk - Saturday, April 13th 8:00 am

Help trip leader David Blezard clean out bluebird boxes, look for early migrants and lingering winter birds, and get yourself in the mood for spring. 

 

Each year, volunteers join together on a field trip to repair and maintain Bluebird boxes throughout Durham in honor of Bob Hull and his wife Sheila. Bob maintained, replaced, and installed countless Bluebird boxes in Durham. Each year we honor these two beloved members of the Seacoast chapter by carrying on their work in maintaining and repairing these boxes. 

During our annual trip we visit many locations where Bob originally installed boxes. We replace those in need of replacing, fix what we can, and clean out the boxes. We also search for early spring migrants. Birds we frequently see on the trip include Eastern Bluebird, Brown Creeper, Pileated Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow, Wilson's Snipe, American Kestrel, Killdeer, and much, much more!

It can also be interesting to dissect the nests of bluebirds and the other birds that use these nest boxes. The trip provides great opportunities to connect with chapter members and is a favorite of many! 

Meet at the UNH Parking Lot B at 8:00.  Contact: David Blezard dblezard@mac.com or call 603-343-1223. Registration is not required.


Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge – Tuesday, April 16th 7:30am-10:30am 

Established in 1992, the Great Bay NWR is home of over 230 species of birds. Join trip leader Matt Tarr, a professional wildlife biologist  and UNH Extension professor,  for a two-mile loop through some of the refuge’s fields, forests, and beaver wetlands, including an overlook of Great Bay itself.  Meet at the refuge parking area at 7:30 AM. Contact: Matt Tarr at matt.tarr@unh.edu with any questions.

This field trip will be limited to 16 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter site to sign-up.

Owl Prowl – Saturday, April 20th 4:00 am

Join our always popular search for owls and sunrise birds. Meet at 4 am (!) at the Mill Road Plaza parking lot in Durham. Be prepared for a long, and possibly a bit wet, but leisurely walk through the woods. Wear appropriate footwear and bring insect repellent. Contact: Steve Mirick at smirick@comcast.net or 603-661-7703.   The trip should end by approximately 9:00 AM.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up.

MAY

Beginner Bird Walks (BBW) 

The NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter will have seven Beginner Bird Walks (BBW) this spring. Although these walks are geared with the beginner birder in mind, birders of all levels of expertise are encouraged to participate and share their experiences. Children are gladly welcome with an adult. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, insect repellent, and sunscreen.


BBW: Mast Road Natural Area – Saturday May 4th 7:00 am

The Southeast Land Trust’s Mast Road Natural area in Epping is 531 acres of wetlands, an active beaver pond, and early succession forest. It is home to the uncommon Black Gum including the largest three of that species in New Hampshire. Join trip leader Roger Stephenson to look for resident birds and early migrants. Meet at 7:00 am at the kiosk at Gate 3 (just east of 74 Mast Road). Contact: Roger Stephenson at rstephenson@gmail.com.

The trip is limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up. 

BBW: Kwaks Wildlife Sanctuary – Saturday, May 11th 8:00 am

Join New Hampshire Audubon President Doug Bechtel in exploring NH Audubon’s  Kwaks Wildlife Sanctuary in Newmarket.  We will look for early spring migratory song birds and learn a bit about the plants and habitats that make the Kwaks Sanctuary, an important part of the Follett’s Brook Watershed. Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot. Contact Holly Bauer at hbauer_106@comcast.net with questions.

The trip is limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up. 

BBW: Pickering Ponds – Sunday, May 12th 7 am – 12 pm

One of the top 10 birding spots in New Hampshire, this walk will traverse Rochester city park trails along the Cocheco River and around the former wastewater treatment settling ponds. Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area at 7:00 AM. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pickering Road (opposite mailbox #452). Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-978-0218.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up.

BBW: Pickering Ponds - Wednesday, May 15th  7 am – 12 pm 

An encore of the very popular Pickering Ponds walk on May 12th (see description above). Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area at 7:00 AM. Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-978-0218.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up.

BBW: Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area – Saturday,  May 18th  7 am 

Bird the varied habitats of the Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area with trip leader  Scott Heron. With 190 species seen on the property, in the spring Deer Hill can be full of migrating passerines and breeding water birds. Meet at the entrance gate on Pine Road in Brentwood. Contact: Scott Heron at smheron@gmail.com.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up.

BBW: Strafford County Farm – Sunday, May 19st 7 am – 12 pm 

With habitat for water birds, raptors and song birds, this walk will include the Don Black Trail and the hedgerows around the fields of the conserved property. The walk will last as long as participants choose, but not beyond noon. Meet at 8:00 across from the Strafford County Work Program at 266 County Farm Road; follow County Farm Road and take a left at the stop sign and then an immediate left to continue along behind the jail to the parking lot across from  the entrance to the Strafford County Work Program.  Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-978-0218.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up.

Marsh Birds of World End Pond – Sunday, May 19th 6:30 am – 9:30 am

 

World End Pond is one of the top birding hotspots in southeast New Hampshire and it is home to many specialties not easily found elsewhere in the state. At almost 100 acres, one of the best ways to discover its birdlife is by kayak. Bring your own kayak or canoe and join Kyle Wilmarth as he leads a trip paddling through the pond and marsh. Meet at the boat launch at the end of Theresa Avenue in Salem. Contact: kyle.wilmarth@gmail.com.

This field trip will be limited to 7 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up.

BBW: Piscassic River WMA: Cuba Rd Section– Saturday,  May 25th 7 am 

With fields, forests, and, of course, a river, the Cuba Road section of the Piscassic River Wildlife Management Area is a great spot to look for birds. Join trip leader Greg Tillman as we take a walk down and back on this old Class 6 road. Meet at the end of the drive-able portion of Cuba road (opposite 322 Piscassic Rd) in Newfields at 7:00 am. Contact: Greg Tillman at gregtillman@comcast.net with questions.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter website to sign-up.

JUNE

Pickering Ponds Nest Walk – Sunday, June 2nd 7 am – 12 pm

Join us as we look for nests and other evidence of breeding birds on the trails around the ponds and along the Cocheco River. Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area at 7:00 AM. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pickering Road (opposite mailbox #452). Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-978-0218.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter site to sign-up.

JULY

Birds & Butterflies of Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge - Saturday, July 20th  8 AM

Join Steve Mirick and explore the birds and butterflies (weather permitting!) of the refuge and adjacent areas.  Be prepared for a long, but level walk and the possibility of biting insects.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the trailhead for the Cherry Pond Trail at 289 Airport Road, Whitefield.  

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants. As the event nears, revisit the Seacoast Chapter site to sign-up.