Adult and chick, Orford, NH, May 2010, photo by Judy Lombardi
NH Audubon has been a leader in monitoring and management of the state’s recovering Bald Eagle population for over three decades. NHA conservation biologists have coordinated New Hampshire’s portion of the national Mid-winter Bald Eagle annually since 1980. Volunteers count eagles throughout the state each winter in mid-January and late February and monitor the occupancy of sensitive winter night roosts.
When Bald Eagles started to nest in the Granite State again in 1989 after a 40-yr hiatus, NHA initiated management actions that insured a successful outcome. Now, as then, NHA staff installs metal predator guards, maintains reduced-disturbance buffer zones, and works with NH Fish & Game to advise private land owners on how to best protect and manage eagle breeding sites.
Currently, there are over 20 breeding pairs of Bald Eagles in New Hampshire, and the numbers are rising. The Bald Eagle was removed from the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List in 2007, and downlisted from Endangered to Threatened on the New Hampshire T&E List in September 2008. Volunteers can learn more about becoming involved in our on-going monitoring and management of Bald Eagles by contacting raptor specialist Chris Martin in the Conservation Department.
Project Leader: Chris Martin
The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.
Founded in 1914, NH 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. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.