NH Audubon’s 100th Annual Gathering & Centennial Celebration: September 20
Join us as we celebrate 100 years of conservation, honor those who have helped us get to this point and look toward future opportunities. This year’s annual meeting and gathering will be particularly special. We will gather on Newfound Lake, home of NH Audubon’s first nature center – Paradise Point. The day will include field trips to Paradise Point, Little Round Top Mountain (site of NH’s first official hawk watching station), boat trips on the lake, hikes to view the lake and more.
Annual Gathering Schedule:
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Field trips – see each description here, pre-registration is required due to limited space, sign up early for your first choice.
1:00 Gather at Camp Wicosuta, West Shore Road, Hebron – Camp Wicosuta was founded in 1920 by Anna Rothman, one of the pioneers of overnight camps for girls. We will meet and eat in the modern and spacious dining hall.
The afternoon will include:
- a President’s address and review of annual accomplishments
- the annual business meeting and election of officers
- entertaining skit and historical review of NH Audubon’s past
- Keynote address by Scott Weidensaul “Of A Feather – The History of Birding and Bird Conservation”
- Silent Auction
- Catered Harvest Dinner and recognition of NH Audubon’s 100 most important people
The event will conclude after dinner (8:00 p.m.). For people interested in spending the weekend in the Newfound area, the following bed and breakfasts are offering discounts to NHA members.
- Sculptured Rocks Farm and Inn in Groton www.sculpturedrocks.com
- CopperToppe Inn and Retreat Center www.coppertoppe.com
- The area hosts a variety of accommodations but reserve your spaces soon
Fee for Annual Gathering and Celebration $45/NHA member; $55/non-member. Register below or call 224-9909 ext. 313.
Support for this event is provided by ReVision Energy, and Camp Wicosuta.
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history including Of a Feather, a Brief History of American Birding. This book traces the colorful origins of American birding and chronicles 400 years of bird observations to the current explosion of modern birding. Weidensaul is also an active field researcher focusing on the ecology of saw-whet owls. He is a bird bander and directs the ornithological programs for National Audubon’s Hog Island Center in Maine.
Scott will speak about the impact of birding history on birds and people and some of the future trends in bird conservation. He will also be co-leading the hawk migration field trip on Little Round Top in Bristol. He is a regular hawk counter at Hawk Mountain in his home state of Pennsylvania.