New Hampshire Audubon Featured in Yankee Magazine

Posted on March 25, 2015

Senior biologist Chris Martin’s work with bald eagles highlighted in March/April 2015 issue

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Audubon senior biologist Chris Martin is featured in the March/April 2015 issue of Yankee Magazine. He was accompanied by writer Cindy Anderson during a day of eagle nest observation last spring in Hinsdale, part of the Bald Eagle Monitoring and Management program which is a multi-year, multi-state Connecticut River Bald Eagle restoration initiative funded by TransCanada. The story includes onsite photos and an informative sidebar about where to best spot bald eagles in New England.

Bald Eagle

A bald eagle soars majestically above the forest along the southern Vermont/New Hampshire border.

Every spring, on behalf of the NH Fish and Game Department, Martin and a few dozen NH Audubon volunteers, who he trains and supervises, track the breeding bald eagle population throughout the state. Volunteers help wildlife biologists search for nests and count the young birds. They help post signs and install anti-predator guards to minimize nest failures, and at times fit identification bands on young eagles.

“Twenty years ago there were very few bald eagles in NH, and only one known nest was present in the state. Now these birds are seen frequently, and there are more than 40 breeding pairs in the state,” said Martin.

“We’re really excited about this story in Yankee magazine,” he added. “It helps to get the word out about what NH Audubon is doing to help our vulnerable eagle population thrive again.”

An adult eagle and her chicks nest high above the river.

An adult eagle and her chicks nest high above the river.

In January 2015, more than 100 volunteers completed NH Audubon’s annual statewide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. A new record high of 90 eagles were counted in one day, which represents a 34 percent increase over last year’s count of 67 birds. The event took place in partnership with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Martin holds a master’s degree in ecology with a wildlife management minor from the University of Minnesota. He has been employed by NH Audubon for more than twenty-five years. He specializes in coordinating recovery efforts for the state’s endangered and threatened birds of prey. In addition to bald eagles, that includes peregrine falcons and ospreys, the latter species now considered recovered in New Hampshire.

He travels throughout the state, working with volunteers from Nashua to Pittsburgh and Seabrook to Hinsdale, and works with state and federal agencies, landowners and advocacy groups to employ strategies that maximize raptor recovery efforts.

A prolific writer on the subject, Martin is also the voice of NH Audubon on NH Public Radio’s weekly segment, “Something Wild.” His work has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency and by the NH Fish and Game Department.

For details about NH Audubon’s Bald Eagle Monitoring and Management program visit www.nhaudubon.org.

About New Hampshire Audubon

Founded in 1914, New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.