You might think that with winter firmly in control there would be a hiatus from birding, but nothing could be further from the truth. Approaching the year’s end and heading into the new one, there actually is quite a bit on the calendar. Here are a few up coming worth noting.
HANOVER-NORWICH CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
This past Sunday marked the start nationally of the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season. It is the 115th annual occurrence of this event that was founded in 1900 by a U.S. government ornithologist Frank Chapman who proposed the tally as an alternative to the then Christmas tradition of “side hunts” wherein participants competed to see who could kill the most birds within a particular time span. Organized by the National Audubon Society, the CBC has grown from just 27 observers at 25 sites in 1900 to more than 50,000 participants covering 2,300 sites.
The Hanover-Norwich count takes place on New Year’s Day. Participants assemble in front of The HOP opposite the Dartmouth Green at 7:00 A.M. to receive route assignments. At day's end, all are invited to gather at Everything But Anchovies on Hanover's Allen Street to turn in reports and enjoy food and camaraderie. To register or find out more about what is involved, please contact event organizer Dan Crook: email@example.com.
NH AUDUBON 35th ANNUAL MID-WINTER BALD EAGLE SURVEY
The bald eagle has made a remarkable recovery in NH over the last 30 years going from no nesting pairs in the mid-1980s to over twenty today. Each January, NH Audubon volunteers fan out across the state to survey the over-wintering bald eagle population. This year’s count occurs on Saturday, January 10. If you'd like to participate, please contact NH Audubon's Raptor Biologist Chris Martin at 603-224-9909, x317 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or learn more about the count.
MASCOMA CHAPTER ANNUAL WILDER DAM BALD EAGLE WATCH
Consider spending some time on Valentine’s Day searching for bald eagles in the Wilder Dam area. Bald eagles are drawn to the dam during the winter to fish the open waters below it. You might be lucky enough, as I was one year, to see a bald eagle carrying a large stick, an early sign of nest building. Observers also will look for over-wintering waterfowl or perhaps the vanguard of the 2015 spring migration. The watch begins at 10:00 A.M. on the14th and lasts until noon. More information can be found at www.mascomabirds.org
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is co-sponsored by Audubon and The Cornell Lab. As the name infers, participants count birds that visit their yards. This year’s count runs from Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16. To register your count site, click on the following link:
BACKYARD WINTER BIRD SURVEY
This annual event is organized and run by the NH Audubon Society. This year it coincides with the GBBC, taking place on Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15. Like the GBBC, participants record birds visiting their feeders. Information about it and how to register can be found by using the following link: