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.
The meeting will be held at NH Audubon’s McLane Center in Concord.
The day will kick off with a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and the presentation of Golden Binocular awards, followed by a choice of activities, updates from our conservation biologists, a picnic lunch, business meeting, annual awards, and speaker Toni Lyn Morelli’s keynote address, How Climate Change Will Affect New Hampshire’s Wildlife.
Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non-members
Registration Deadline Extended: September 6, 2022 by noon:
10am: Morning Activity (choose during registration)
Pollinator Garden Tour
Explore the pollinator habitat with Biologist Diane De Luca. Spend time observing the fall blooms and pollinators in the garden, and then use the all-access trail to view and learn about the pollinator meadow restoration project.
Educator Willa Coroka leads this walk through the woodland trails of the Silk Farm Sanctuary. Explore the little things as we recall the wonders Nature evokes. We’ll meander the trails in search of the spark that ignites our interest in the wild and fosters our continued commitment to protect, preserve, and cherish it.
Join President Doug Bechtel and Director of Conservation Programs Marc Nutter for a birding walk at Silk Farm Sanctuary. The walk will feature a tour of the all-access trail surrounding the pollinator meadow and binoculars will be available to borrow.
The Nature of It All; Wildlife Photography with Howard S. Muscott
In this indoor session, Howard will highlight a variety of his wildlife images taken in the United States, Costa Rica and Africa. Hear the stories behind the images along with tips and techniques for ethical wildlife photography.
11:15am Panel Discussion
Curious about climate change? NH Audubon Conservation Scientists Carol Foss, Pam Hunt, and Chris Martin will explain their research related to climate change (including extreme weather, migration, and American Pipits atop Mt. Washington!) during a panel discussion moderated by Julia Furukawa, producer of All Things Considered on NHPR.
Have a climate change question for Carol, Pam or Chris?
Email your question for the panel.
12:30pm Picnic Lunch (provided)
1:15pm Business Meeting
2pm Annual Awards
2:45pm Keynote Address
How Climate Change Will Affect New Hampshire’s Wildlife, by Toni Lyn Morelli (bio below)
**The Nature Store will be open all day from 9:30am-4pm**
Toni Lyn Morelli is a Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey, based at the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center which is hosted at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation. Toni Lyn earned her B.S. at Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University studying lemurs in Madagascar. She went on to conduct climate change research at U.C. Berkeley as a National Science Foundation Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow, and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, both in California and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her current work focuses on the impacts of climate change in species and ecosystems in New Hampshire and beyond, including as a co-founder and co-lead of the Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network. After conducting and mentoring research on the impacts of global change in forests and mountains, she spends any spare time taking care of a relentless 8-year-old and helping lead 5 Diversity Equity and Inclusion committees.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Julia Furukawa, producer of All Things Considered on NHPR.
“Julia Furukawa joined the NHPR team in 2021 as a fellow producing All Things Considered after working as a reporter and editor for The Paris News in Texas and a freelancer for KNKX Public Radio in Seattle. Julia is a proud member of the Asian American Journalists Association and her work has received awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. She is originally from Seattle and earned her degree in journalism from Western Washington University. A lifelong public radio lover, Julia is probably listening to NHPR even when she’s not in the office.” (source: NHPR website)
Photo: Hawkwatching during an annual meeting field trip, by Dyanna Smith.