Annual Gathering

Every year, NH Audubon holds its Annual Gathering to bring members together for a day of outings, awards and to celebrate the year’s accomplishments.

This year, on September 23 from 9am-4pm, we are thrilled to be holding our 2017 Annual Gathering at Alnoba – a place to “reflect, connect and create change”, in Kensington NH, on the seacoast.

Alnoba is the perfect setting for our event as we celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and look forward to opportunities for continued success.

The day will include:

  • Keynote address by ecologist and author Tom Wessels
  • Field trips exploring the coastal area and Alnoba’s 400-acres of serene forests, fields and ponds
  • Awards presented to conservation leaders and outstanding volunteers
  • Farm to table buffet luncheon featuring locally raised produce
  • Time to connect with old friends and new

Keynote speaker: Tom Wessels


This event is sponsored by Normandeau Associates  and ReVision Energy.


For questions, email Ruth Smith.

Field Trips will run from 9-11am at a variety of locations. Pre-registration is required. Options include: (more details coming soon)

  • Mindfulness Walk with Helen Dalbeck
  • Coastal Birding with Kyle Wilmarth and Dan Hubbard
  • Inland Birding Trip with Phil Brown and George Gavutis
  • Paddle on PowWow Pond with Carol Foss and Laura Deming
  • Interpreting the Landscape with keynote speaker Tom Wessels
  • Solar Energy Presentation and Tour with ReVision Energy



The event is open to members and non-members. Pre-registration by September 9 is required ($40/NHA member and $50/non-member) and includes field trips, lunch and the keynote address.

For individuals who are unable to attend the entire gathering, there is a speaker-only fee of $12/NHA member or $17/non-member, allowing for admission at 1:30pm, in time for Tom Wessels’ presentation.

[Check back for active link to online registration….]


Keynote speaker Tom Wessels will present a talk, “Self-organization, Co-evolution, Resiliency, and Stability” which will explore the processes by which natural systems become more complex and stable over time and lead to incredible biodiversity. Many regional examples will be used to illustrate how co-evolution works. Wessels will conclude by describing how this process is a wonderful model for creating sustainable human systems. Tom will also offer an interpretive walk in the morning.

Tom Wessels is an ecologist, author and Faculty Emeritus at Antioch University New England in Keene, where he founded and directed the Master’s Degree program in Conservation Biology. He has conducted landscape ecology and sustainability workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress, Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape and newly released Granite, Fire and Fog: A Natural and Cultural History of Acadia National Park.


The Tudor Richards Award will be presented to John Harrigan

The Goodhue-Elkins award will be presented to Dr. Pamela Hunt

The John Thalheimer Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Joann and Kevin Jones for their exceptional efforts as Sanctuary Stewards and Conservation Department assistant.

 Silent Auction

Go home with a piece of art, gift certificates for services, an autographed book, tools for outdoor exploration. Bring your checkbook or credit card. All proceeds help support NH Audubon.