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June 2017

Field Trip: VT State Farm Prison and Environs

June 17, 2017 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am
Ledyard Bridge, Norwich, VT United States + Google Map

The grounds of the VT correctional facility in Windsor offer some excellent birding opportunities. Among species observed during last year’s visit were "winnowing" Wilson's Snipe, several members of the flycatcher family and singing mimids including Gray Catbirds and a Brown Thrasher. Among the six species of warblers found were a Common Yellowthroat, a Yellow Warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. If time allows we’ll also check the fields at the junction of Hunt Rd. and Marton Rd. for grassland species. We’ll…

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July 2017

Birding River Road – Hanover to Lyme

July 22, 2017 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am
Unnamed Venue, Hanover, NH United States + Google Map

Mascoma Chapter Steering Committee member George Clark will lead this outing along scenic River Rd. from its beginning in northern Hanover to Lyme’s Grant Brook. Meet at 6:30am in the Dartmouth Printing Company parking lot on NH Rt.10 next to The Richmond School. From there, we’ll carpool north along the Connecticut River making a number of stops beginning at Wilson’s Landing and concluding at the Grant Brook outflow in Lyme. The trip is free and open to the public. All…

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August 2017

Field Trip: Norwich Birdwalk – Early Fall Migrants

August 19, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 am

We’ll gather at The Ledyard Bridge on the Connecticut River’s Vermont side to see what waterfowl and land birds might be passing through as they begin their journey south to their wintering grounds. From there, we’ll carpool north along US Rt. 5. Likely stops include the Ompompanoosuc River Outflow, “Pompy” Flats, Kendall Station and Campbell Flats. The trip is free and open to the public and is to be led by Mascoma Chapter Steering Committee member George Clark. All skill…

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September 2017
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Field Trip: Richmond Conservation Land

September 16, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Richmond Conservation Land, Jacob’s Brook, 709 NH-10
Orford, NH 03777 United States
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Join Mascoma Chapter Steering Committee member Jeff MacQueen as he leads an exploration of this recently conserved area at the Jacob's Brook outlet in Orford. Several different habitats are found there, and we will be searching for migrating waterfowl and land birds. Afterwards, participants are welcome to visit other birding hotspots in Orford, including Reed's Marsh WMA. The Richmond site is located one mile north of Bridge Street (Patterson's Store and Samuel Morey Bridge) on NH Route 10. Look for…

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October 2017
free

Field Trip: Bedell Bridge Bird Walk

October 7, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Bedell Bridge State Historic Site, NH Rte. 10
Haverhill, NH 03765 United States
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The Bedell Covered Bridge may be long gone, a victim of a violent windstorm in 1979, but the grounds surrounding it offer a diverse array of habitats that always produce some interesting sightings. There are wetlands and hardwood stands as well as active agricultural fields. Last fall’s trip recorded nearly 30 species. Including two dozen Rusty Blackbirds and four Great Blue Herons. Bedell Bridge wetlands, by Nancy Allison of Lyme, NH. The walk will be co-hosted…

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November 2017
free

Field Trip: Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area

November 4, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ledyard Bridge, Norwich, VT United States + Google Map

Did someone say Snow Geese? Last year’s visit to this major migratory stop on the Lake Champlain flyway produced a tally of nearly 3000 of the beautiful, white birds. Watchers occasionally were treated to wonderful views of the flock spiraling upward creating spectacular white, cloud-like formations. Depending on conditions, expect to see a variety of waterfowl, raptors and perhaps even late migrating shore birds. Snow Geese at Dead Creek NWR, Addison, VT - Nov 1, 2014,…

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December 2017
free

Grassland Bird Migration Study

December 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Howe Library, 13 South St.
Hanover, NH 03755 United States
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Where Do They Go and How Do They Get There? Unlocking the Migration Mysteries of Two Grassland Bird Species; the Grasshopper Sparrow and Upland Sandpiper Grassland birds are among the most threatened avian populations in the United States. Loss of habitat both on their breeding and wintering grounds is a major factor in that decline. At the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Conservation Biologist Jason Hill is helping to lead research into the habits of grassland birds, specifically what happens to…

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January 2018
free

Ornithology and Birding in Peru: Explorations in One of the Most Diverse Regions on Earth

January 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Howe Library, 13 South St.
Hanover, NH 03755 United States
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From Rainforests, to glaciated sierras, to deserts that have not seen rain for the past 500 years, Peru is one of the most ecologically diverse countries on earth. Due to this dramatic landscape Peru is home to over 1800 bird species, second only to Colombia. This makes Peru an exciting place to study how these birds adapt and speciate across the ecologically complex Peruvian landscape. Over the past twelve years Naturalist Phred Benham has had many opportunities to visit this…

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February 2018
free

Impacts of Wind Energy on Birds: What We Think We Know and What Is Uncertain

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Howe Library, 13 South St.
Hanover, NH 03755 United States
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Wind turbines are seen as one of the best available technologies for carbon, emission-free power generation, but the siting of wind energy projects can present serious dangers to wildlife, particularly to birds and bats. For nearly two decades, Dr. Allison has been researching the impact of wind turbine projects on wildlife. Most recently at the American Wind and Wildlife Institute (AWWI) where he is Director of Research. Previously he led Massachusetts Audubon’s site evaluation of the Cape Wind Project. Dr.…

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Annual Wilder Dam Eagle Watch

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wilder Dam, Wilder, VT United States + Google Map

Rescheduled due to weather from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14. Join us as we look for early bald eagle nesting activity in the woods bordering the Connecticut River downstream from the Wilder Dam. We also will scan for waterfowl that feed in the ice free waters created by the dam’s outflow. The event is free and open to the public. All experience levels welcome. Bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes as you prefer. The viewing site, reached from Wilder Village on…

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