NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Programs

In person programs: 7:00 pm Informal conversation; 7:30 pm Meeting

Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye (Zoom programs marked as such)

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 332-4093,

The Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon thanks AARP New Hampshire for their sponsorship.

Program: Birding 201

Wednesday, May 11

You know the basics, so let's focus on taking things to the next level. This interactive program by David Blezard will teach different tricks and tips, as we spend some time getting to know some of the more challenging groups of birds to identify within the northeastern US: sparrows, flycatchers, warblers, vireos, and more. Brush up your skills just in time for the spring migration.

Bio: David Blezard started birding in New Hampshire when he first took UNH's Ornithology course 30 years ago. He then went on to be a teaching assistant for that course, became involved with the Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon, and has given many talks about birds and birding since. David is the current President and Treasurer of the Seacoast Chapter.

Program: Monitoring and Managing New Hampshire's Piping Plovers

Wednesday, June 15

Learn about how the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department monitors and manages the federally threatened and state endangered Piping Plover population on Hampton and Seabrook Beaches. From working with town and state officials on beach maintenance to recruiting volunteers, see how you can help protect this tiny shorebird.

Bio: Brendan Clifford is a Wildlife Biologist with the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program at New Hampshire Fish and Game. Brendan has been coordinating the Piping Plover monitoring effort in New Hampshire for the past 15 years.

Program: Marine Debris in the Gulf of Maine

Wednesday, September 14

The US and Canadian Partners have launched a binational effort to address marine debris in the Gulf of Maine. The Gulf of Maine Association has been awarded $367, 839 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Debris Program to partner with NOAA, Gulf of Maine Council, Blue Ocean Society for the Marine Environment, Center for Coastal Studies, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, Maine Coastal Program-Maine Department of Marine Resources, Surfrider Foundation, Urban Harbors Institute and the five jurisdictions bordering the Gulf of Maine to create an international collaborative approach for addressing plastic and other marine debris in the Gulf of Maine watershed. Presenter Jen Kennedy, Executive Director of the Blue Ocean Society, will help us learn about marine debris in the Gulf, local research and education efforts, and how we can help.

Bio: Jen Kennedy is the Executive Director and co-founder of Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. She has worked on marine conservation issues in New England for over 25 years. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and an M.S. in Resource Management from UNH.

Missed some of our recent online programs? You can access them below:

Zoom Program: From Finches to Launching of the Finch Research Network
Wednesday, November 10

Irruptions of finches from the north in recent years inspired Matthew Young to launch the Finch Research Network (FiRN) in fall 2020. Join us for his lively presentation about redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, the distribution and ecology of different Red Crossbill flight calls, and the launching of FiRN and its future.

Recording available for a limited time.

Bio: Matthew A. Young, M.S., President and Founder of the Finch Research Network (FiRN): Matt has been observing and enjoying nature since a very young age. He's lived in Central New York the past 23 years and it was during this time, when he's worked as a social worker for 10 years, that he really started studying everything from birds to orchids, and bogs and fens. Matt received his B.S in Water Resources with a minor in Meteorology from SUNY-Oneonta and his M.S. in Ornithology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse University in 2003. Matt did his masters research on avian diversity in restored wetlands of central New York at the Great Swamp Conservancy. He was a Regional Editor of The Kingbird, the state ornithological journal in New York, for 10 years, was an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Studies at SUNY-Cortland, and currently teaches an Intro to Birding class for Cornell University and is the Board Chair at The Wetland Trust.

He worked at the Cornell Lab across 15+ years where he did extensive field work for the Lab's Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers atlas projects, and was project lead on the Lab's first Finch Irruptive Bird Survey for Bird Source in 1999. He was the Collections Management Leader/Audio Engineer at the Macaulay Library ~12 years where he edited sounds for several Merlin packs around the world in addition to being the lead audio engineer on guides, the Songs of the Warblers of North America, Audubon Society Voices of Hawaii's Birds, and the Cornell Lab's Guides to Bird Sounds, the North America Master and Essential Sets. He's been a tour guide leader for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, written finch species accounts for breeding bird atlases and Birds of the World, has published several papers about the Red Crossbill vocal complex, and is the President and Founder of the Finch Research Network (FiRN). Email: or

Zoom Program: A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
Wednesday, December 8

Recording available for a limited time.

Even as scientists make astounding discoveries about the navigational and physiological feats that enable migratory birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, go weeks without sleep or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, humans have brought many migrants to the brink. Based on his newest book, "A World on the Wing," author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe-with researchers in the lab probing the limits of what migrating birds can do, to the shores of the Yellow Sea in China, to the remote mountains of northeastern India where tribal villages saved the greatest gathering of falcons on the planet, and the Mediterranean where activists and police battle bird poachers-to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world's great bird migrations.

Bio: Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, Return to Wild America and The First Frontier. His newest book, A World on the Wing about global migration, was released in March 2021. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for National Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest and writes for a variety of other publications, including Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Living Bird. He is also an active field researcher, studying Northern Saw-whet Owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of Snowy Owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.

Zoom Program: New Hampshire's Winter Birds

Recording available for a limited time.

NH Audubon's "Backyard Winter Bird Survey" is a citizen science project that has been collecting data on the state's birds since 1967. In this program, Dr. Pamela Hunt uses the Survey's data to illustrate how populations of our common winter birds have been changing over time. In the process, we'll explore many other aspects of bird biology.

Bio: Pam Hunt has been interested in birds since the tender age of 12, when an uncle took her to Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge in NJ. She went on to earn a B.S. in biology from Cornell University, M.A. in zoology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1995. Pam came to NH Audubon in 2000 after five years as adjunct faculty at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. In her current position as Avian Conservation Biologist, she works closely with NH Fish and Game to coordinate and prioritize bird research and monitoring in the state, and also authored NH's State of the Birds report. Specific areas of interest include habitat use by early successional birds (particularly whip-poor-wills), conservation of aerial insectivores (e.g., swifts and swallows), and the effects of events outside the breeding season on long-distance migrants. Pam also coordinated the NH Dragonfly Survey, a five-year project that mapped distributions of these insects throughout the state, and remains active in the dragonfly field.

Zoom Program: A Multi-Regional Assessment of Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) Occupancy Within Managed Forests Using Autonomous Recording Units

Recording available for a limited time.

Over the past half century, many eastern forest birds have experienced significant population declines. These declines have in part been attributed to habitat loss and degradation. State and federal agencies have initiated conservation efforts to improve habitat conditions for several forest dependent wildlife. The recent availability of low-cost autonomous recording units (ARUs) has shown great promise to facilitate monitoring, particularly for species that are logistically difficult to survey (e.g., nocturnal species). A collaborative research project involving research scientists from the University of Massachusetts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, University of Pittsburgh and University of Maryland deployed ARUs across hundreds of managed forests from North Carolina to Maine to assess whip-poor-will occupancy. In this presentation, project lead Jeffery (JT) Larkin will discuss whip-poor-will ecology and share initial monitoring results.

Bio: JT Larkin is a 2nd year graduate student in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He received his Bachelor's degree in Environmental, Conservation, and Evolutionary Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2020. JT's interest in wildlife and conservation biology began when he was only a few years old tracking radio collared elk with his father in Eastern Kentucky. Since then, his passion for the field has only grown. He has worked on many projects that range from amphibians, fish, songbirds, small and large mammals and forestry. He plans to attain his Ph.D. and pursue a position in applied conservation biology.

Zoom Program: Insects for Birders

Recording available for a limited time.

Pick any scene from the drama of birds, the grace and force of flight, the ornaments and audacity of courtship, the absolute joy we get in watching them, and you will find it as well in the drama of insects, played out only a few feet away. With vivid images and practical advice, birder and entomologist Bryan Pfeiffer will persuade you to aim your binoculars toward butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies, tiger beetles and other glittering insects, which E.O.Wilson calls "the little things that run the world."

Bio: A writer, biologist and boy explorer, Bryan Pfeiffer has studied and photographed nature, mostly birds and insects, from the tropics to above the Arctic Circle. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Aeon magazine, Orion, Northern Woodlands, Field & Stream and many other places. His latest adventures include photographing rare butterflies for the State of Maine. In his various other lives, Bryan has been (or still is) a bread baker, a pot washer, a firefighter, a nature guide, a videographer and a newspaper reporter. He lives in Montpelier, VT and online at