NH Audubon’s 99th Annual Meeting: September 28, 2013
Don’t miss Annual Meeting 2013, which kicks off our year-long Centennial celebration! This year’s annual meeting will highlight our history in a very creative way, will honor those who have served NH Audubon in many ways, and will celebrate a truly transformational year. Greet old friends, meet new Audubon supporters, and enjoy the beautiful museum and grounds of the Montshire Museum.
Montshire Museum exhibits will be open from 10-5 (Audubon guests can received a discounted admission of $9/pp). There is no charge for meeting attendees who do not tour the building. The Montshire’s grounds, trails and picnic facilities are open to the public, at no cost. Parking is free and convenient.
No pre-registration is needed for attendance at Annual Meeting. Please call (603) 224-9909 x310 with questions.
Directions to the Montshire:
Driving north on I-89, cross the Connecticut River into Vermont. Take the first exit onto I-91 North. Drive five miles north to exit 13 (Norwich). Take an immediate right turn off the exit 13 ramp, than another very quick right onto Montshire Road. Take your first left-hand turn onto the Montshire Museum driveway.
Annual Meeting Field Trips (no registration required)
Early morning bird walk with Mascoma Steering Committee member George Clark
7 am at Simon Pearce Flood Plain, Simon Pearce Complex, 109 Park Rd. (US Rt 5) Windsor, VT.
Directions: From Exit 9 off I-91 turn southward on Route 5. Continue for slightly over a mile, then turn left by a Simon Pearce sign onto Park Road. Continue on Park to the first parking lot, located between the pottery and glass blowing/store buildings. The bird walk will start near the eastern end of that lot. Participants should be prepared to walk as much as a mile over fairly level but uneven terrain. Habitats include weedy farm fields, edges, and floodplain woodland along the Connecticut River.
Birding on the Connecticut River with Chris Martin
9 am, Kilowatt Park. (Bring your own boat)
This is a 3.5 mile round-trip paddle to Gilman Island and Mink Brook, beginning and ending at the gravel parking area off Passumpsic Avenue in Wilder VT (~1/2 mi upstream of the Wilder Dam).
Directions: I-89 to White River Junction, VT. Then take I-91 north to exit 12 (Wilder, VT). Take a right onto Bugbee St. Go to the intersection of Bugbee St. and Route 5. Turn left onto Rte 5 heading NORTH. RIGHT onto Depot St. (brown sign says “river access”). Just past Post Office jog left then immediate right again. Cross over RR on bridge, look for gravel parking area ahead and slightly left.
Birding at Mascoma Lake with Pam Hunt
9 am at Mascoma Dam Boat Launch, Rt. 4A, Enfield
Late September can bring any number of birds to Pam’s old stomping grounds in Enfield and Lebanon. Expect some late warblers, early sparrows, and maybe even unexpected waterbirds.
Directions: From I-89, take Exit 17 and follow Route 4 EAST towards Enfield/Canaan. After 1.7 miles, turn right onto Route 4A. In about a quarter mile, take the SECOND LEFT into the boat ramp parking lot (first left is Payne Road).
Hiking Grant Brook/Lyme Hill Conservation Area with Phil Brown and Upper Valley Land Trust
Meet at 9 am at the Montshire Museum or 9:30 at the Lyme Hill trailhead. This is a moderate hike to the slopes of Lyme Hill to explore the trails of this unique property that is jointly managed by UVLT and NHA.
Directions: Take Rt 10 North out of Hanover. Total distance is approximately 13.5 miles. Parking lot is on the left and has signage, just beyond Washburn Hill Rd (which is on the right.)
Annual Meeting Agenda
Noon: registration and displays will be open; coffee is available
1:00: Welcome and introductions, President Mike Bartlett
A Tribute to Peter Stettenheim
Peter Stettenheim was a loyal and important volunteer for both the Montshire Museum and NH Audubon. Following his passing in January 2013, both organizations have felt the loss of his knowledge, passion, wit and commitment.
Annual Business Meeting
2:00: Centennial presentation – with special guests!
Enjoy a stroll through NH Audubon’s history, and be the first to hear plans for our year-long celebration.
3:00: Birds and Beans Coffee presentation – a corporate partner
Birds & Beans® is the only coffee brand in the entire country which solely roasts ‘Bird Friendly®’ certified beans. They roast and sell Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified coffee, which is also Fair-Trade and USDA Organic certified. Every bean sold by Birds & Beans is certified by independent inspectors to meet the rigorous Smithsonian standards. This is a certification based on decades of objective scientific research. Bird Friendly® coffee means that migratory songbirds we know and love have a better chance to survive while on their wintering grounds in the tropics. Sales have doubled year on year since launch. The Birds & Beans brand has been credited with bringing awareness levels of the ‘Bird Friendly®’ coffee certification and the sustainability issue it represents into broader public recognition.
3:15: Bald Eagles of the CT River – Chris Martin
This is a partnership story that bears telling over and over again, because the news keeps getting better! NH Audubon’s Senior Biologist, Chris Martin, will share the huge successes that have been seen as “New Hampshire’s regal predators reclaim the Connecticut River.”
3:45: Awards presentation
5:00: Closing, Entertainment and Reception
Please join us for this social time to meet our speakers and congratulate this year’s honorees:
Tudor Richards Award: Francie Von Mertens
Goodhue Elkins Award: Susan Fogleman
Volunteer of the Year Award: TBD
Lunch on your own
Picnic tables are available in the Hughes Pavilion on the Montshire grounds, or visit a local restaurant:
Norwich: Allechante (artisan bakery and cafe) 289 Main Street
Norwich Inn (lunch menu) 325 Main Street
King Arthur Café (soups, salads, sandwiches) 135 Route 5 south
Hanover: Lou’s (breakfast and lunch) 30 South Main Street
The Canoe Club (lunch menu) 27 Main Street
Market Table (local ingredients and organic focus) 44 south Main St
Ramunto’s Brick and Brew (great pizza and beer selection) 9 South Street
Salt Hill Pub (creative pub menu) 7 Lebanon Street
Yama (Japanese, Korean, and sushi) 72 South Main St