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NH Audubon’s Annual Gathering and Meeting 2016

September 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Join us for NH Audubon’s Annual Gathering and Meeting

With our own Massabesic Center in Auburn as the backdrop, we invite you to join us for a day of exploration, learning, and friendship.

Highlights include guided fieldtrips, keynote speaker Bernd Heinrich, and a chance to visit with NH Audubon’s new President, Doug Bechtel.

The Gathering will begin with morning field trips (see list below) followed by a buffet lunch, annual business meeting, silent auction, awards and honors, and a keynote address by ecologist and author Bernd Heinrich.

Dr. Bernd Heinrich is described as one of today’s most insightful biologists, a hands-and-knees scientist, plus a captivating and renowned nature writer. His primary research has examined physiological and behavioral adaptations to the physical environment.  Subjects include 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, The Nesting Season, and many more.

Dr. Heinrich has taught about and researched behavioral ecology at the University of California and University of Vermont. He was a Guggenheim and Harvard Fellow.

Bernd with woodpile

We are honored to welcome Dr. Heinrich to our annual gathering to speak with us about his most recent book, One Wild Bird at a Time in which he shares day-to-day observations of individual wild birds, details of amazing behaviors and insights.

If you are unable to join us for the entire day but would like to hear Dr. Bernd Heinrich speak, you may purchase a “speaker ticket”.  Please plan to arrive by 1:30.  Pre-registration by September 12 is required.  Call Ruth Smith at 224-9909 ext. 313 with questions.

9-11:00am Field Trips and Programs:

  • Education Sampler – Explore the Massabesic grounds with Program Director Angie Krysiak to experience a sampler of what school and youth groups learn when they come to MAC. The program will include a visit to the pond, field and forest in search of critters and clues to nature’s mysteries. Conditions: Level trails and easy walking, appropriate for kids AND adults.
  • Waterworks Wanderings – Hike to Battery Point with John O’Neill from the Manchester Waterworks and learn about the amazing history of Lake Massabesic. Volunteer Pete McVay will augment the walk with fun facts about the local flora and fauna. Conditions: Level trails and easy walking.
  • Discover Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary with Director of Land Management, Phil Brown, as he shares some of the wildlife, plants, and features of this unique natural area. A refurbished bog boardwalk leads across the bog mat to an open pond where northern species meet southern zones to create a living ecological museum. A great trip for kids and families. Level trails and easy walking, along board walks and trails.
  • Paddle on Lake Massabesic – Join NHA’s new president, Doug Bechtel and Senior Biologist Chris Martin for a paddling trip on Manchester’s reservoir where loons, eagles, osprey and numerous waterfowl have been seen.
  • Walk the Garden Paths – Enjoy the community garden plots, pollinator and rain gardens around the center. Jean Sweeney and other MAC Volunteers will explain how the plantings have been established to help the environment. Easy walking.
  • Wildlife at the Marsh – Abe Emerson Marsh in Candia provides a mix of upland, shrub swamp and cattail marshes creating diversity that is conducive to a wide variety of bird and other wildlife. Bob Quinn will lead this trip to search for migrating birds and enjoy other seasonal activities. Level trails and easy walking.

Preregistration by September 12th is required. Registration is now closed.  Contact Ruth Smith at rsmith@nhaudubon.org or 603.224.9909 ext. 313 if you have questions.

GZA-combined logoSpecial thanks to GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. – our Annual Meeting sponsor.


September 17, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Massabesic Audubon Center
26 Audubon Way
Auburn, NH 03032 United States
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