Location: Meet at Belknap Woods trailhead off of Route 25B in Holderness, NH.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 people. Please register by Friday, April 30th. Click here to register.
This Week's Program:
This program will help explain the fundamentals of basic bird identification, particularly of birds here at Squam Lake. We will then work to implement those fundamentals and ID some birds! Participants will be invited to identify different birds based on their size, shape, colors, behavior, and the sounds they make. Timing is hard to predict so folks are welcome to leave early or stay later if the birding is excellent.
The following COVID-19 precautions will be enforced:
- No participating if you are feeling ill (fever, cough, excessive fatigue, loss of taste or smell, or any other unexplained respiratory symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19)
- Facial coverings / masks must cover nose and mouth at all times
- No sharing of binoculars, spotting scopes, or other materials between groups
- Attendees from different groups must remain at least 6 feet apart
- Program will be limited to 10 attendees and 2 LRCC leaders, totaling a maximum of 12 people
Audience: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Materials: Binoculars, clothing that is appropriate for the weather, and water. We do have two pairs of binoculars available to borrow if needed so please let us know and we can reserve those for you to use.
This Week's LRCC Presenter:
I'm Daniel, and though I grew up in Indiana, I've lived in New Hampshire the past 5 years and am happy to call it my new home. Previously, I worked as a software engineer, but over time my passion for conservation led me to pursue an environmental science degree and volunteer throughout New Hampshire and Maine. If you meet me out hiking, snowboarding, or partaking in any number of watersports, feel free to say hi. I'm super excited to be serving with the SLA to help out with conservation efforts in the area!
Other Birding Opportunities:
If you are looking for more opportunities to put your birding skills to good use, you might consider participating in the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's Annual Breeding Bird Census on Saturday, June 5th! For over three decades the SLNSC has conducted a census in early June of bird species that nest on the Science Center campus. Done primarily by ear, listening for the territorial songs of male birds, indicating probable nesting. This is a great opportunity to hone your bird song identification skills. The early session (5:30 a.m.) involves canvassing two forested zones, including Mt. Fayal. The later session (8:00 a.m.) covers fields, exhibit areas, and Kirkwood Gardens. Binoculars are available or bring your own. There is no charge to attend but reservations are required. Contact the Science Center at 603-968-7194.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:
Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.
Lakes Region Conservation Corps
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about LRCC.