Posted on September 1, 2016

Renowned Biologist and Author Bernd Heinrich to Present Keynote at NH Audubon  Annual Gathering and Meeting on September 17

Meet NH Audubon’s new president, take a field trip around the Massabesic Center and learn about conservation efforts

Concord and Auburn, New Hampshire – NH Audubon members and the public are invited to the conservation organization’s annual gathering and meeting on Saturday, September 17 from 9am to 4pm at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. The day of exploration, learning, and friendship promises to be an action-packed event celebrating another successful year working to protect New Hampshire’s environment for wildlife and for people.

“Our annual gathering is an important opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and carve out plans for carrying them forward,” said Doug Bechtel, NH Audubon’s new president. “A day outside, connecting to and rediscovering the natural wonders that make our state so special, is a perfect way to recognize and inspire our members and community to continue their important efforts.”

The event will feature a keynote address by ecologist and author Dr. Bernd Heinrich. Described as one of today’s most insightful biologists, Dr. Heinrich’s primary research focuses on physiological and behavioral adaptations to the physical environment, with specific looks at bee colonies, social behavior of ravens and the biology of running. His book titles include Mind of the Raven, The Homing Instinct, Bumblebee Economics, Hot-blooded Insects and The Nesting Season, among others.

Dr. Heinrich has taught and researched behavioral ecology at the University of California and University of Vermont. He was a Guggenheim and Harvard Fellow, and will be discussing his most recent book, One Wild Bird at a Time, in which he shares everyday observations about individual birds’ behavior.

The event will begin with a series of field trips and programs: Education Sampler with Massabesic Audubon Program Director Angie Krysiak; Waterworks Wanderings with John O’Neil of Manchester Waterworks; Discover Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary with NH Audubon’s Director of Land Management Phil Brown; Paddle on Lake Massabesic with NH Audubon President Doug Bechtel and Senior Biologist Chris Martin; Walk the Garden Paths with Jean Sweeney and other Massabesic Audubon Center volunteers; and Wildlife at the Marsh with birder Bob Quinn. For descriptions of the sessions, including difficulty levels, see the full event listing.

Annual awards for conservation leaders and volunteers will also be presented.

Tickets for the event are $35 for members and $45 for non-members, and include a buffet lunch and a seat at the day’s annual business meeting, silent auction, awards and honors celebration and keynote address with Dr. Heinrich. The public may come just for Dr. Heinrich’s talk, tickets are $15 ($10 for NH Audubon members) and must be purchased in advance. Registration is required by September 12. Sign up online or contact Ruth Smith at or 603.224.9909 ext. 313. To learn more about NH Audubon’s mission, events and programs, visit
About New Hampshire Audubon

Founded in 1914, New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit