NH Audubon’s 2018 Annual Gathering and Meeting
September 15, 2018 from 9:30 am-4:00 pm
New Hampshire Audubon (NHA) is thrilled to be holding our Annual Gathering at Mt. Sunapee Resort in Newbury for a peak autumn experience!
The Sunapee region includes the mountain, lake and many acres of protected land to explore. We hope you will join us to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and look forward to opportunities for continued success. The day will include:
Field trips exploring the Sunapee region
A buffet lunch
A keynote address by author and professor Doug Tallamy
Awards presented to conservation leaders and outstanding volunteers
Time to connect with old friends and new
The event is open to members and non-members. Pre-registration by September 11 is required ($35/NHA member and $45/non-member) and includes lunch and the keynote address. There is an additional fee for some field trips.
For individuals who are unable to attend the entire gathering, there is a speaker-only fee of $10/NHA member or $15/non-member, allowing for admission at 1:30 p.m., in time for Doug Tallamy’s presentation. Reserve one of Doug's books when you register. Pay at the event.
Please choose your field trip (or no field trip) from the pull down menu. Directions and more information will be provided once registration is received.
Field Trips will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at a variety of locations. Pre-registration is required. Options include:
"Art in Nature" Garden and Sculpture Tour at The Fells
The Fells is the former lakeside summer home of diplomat John Milton Hay (1838-1905). Hay was the private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, as well as Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. The historic home was built in 1892 and is surrounded by protected land, nearly 900 of the original 1000 acres owned by Hay and his wife. The Fells is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a preservation project of The Garden Conservancy.
The multiple gardens, include formal European style gardens with high stone walls and cascading fountains; a rock garden with alpine and crevice-loving plants; and a wide variety of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, along with permanent and rotating sculpture installations.
A guided tour of the gardens and over 30 contemporary sculptures will be led by curator Janet Miller Haines, participants are also welcome to enjoy the trails and grounds of The Fells, as time allows.
Fee: $15/person Conditions: Easy walking.
Ecology Cruise on Lake Sunapee with Lake Sunapee Protective Association
Lake Sunapee has been considered a jewel of the area by residents and visitors alike. The Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA) works to keep that jewel clean and healthy. Join LSPA’s education staff for a boat cruise to explore the lake. You’ll examine water quality indicators from clarity to conductivity, learn about the lake’s history from glaciers to steamboats, and observe it’s wildlife from loons to bald eagles (hopefully).
The Lake Sunapee Protective Association was founded in 1898 and is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the special environment of the Lake Sunapee Region through education, research and collaborative action.
Limited to 8 participants, pre-registration is required.
Mt. Sunapee Sky Ride and Summit Hawk Watch
Mid-September is a perfect time to be on a mountain top watching for migrating raptors. Learn about hawk identification and behavior. Then ride the chairlift to the summit of Mt. Sunapee to watch for birds as they head south. The chairlift up the mountain will operate continuously starting at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy the 10 minute trip (one way) as you ascend to the peak. Once on top, join NH Audubon’s Phil Brown and watch for hawks, practice your hawk ID skills or just enjoy the view.
When you are ready to head back down, hop on the lift and enjoy the view all the way to the bottom.
Round trip tickets for the chairlift can be purchased on site on the day of the event. Tickets are $10/person.
Something Wild Field Trip with Chris and Dave
You’ve heard them on NH Public Radio and learned countless fun facts about nature from their Something Wild broadcasts. Now you can spend the morning with Chris Martin of NH Audubon (NHA) and Dave Anderson from the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF) and explore the woods with them in person.
The Sunapee region will provide opportunities for Chris and Dave to share their knowledge and take advantage of “teachable moments”. A walk in the woods in mid-September will surely provide encounters with trees and plants, animal sign, migrating birds, clues to past land uses and more. You may hear some stories about how they create the Something Wild radio programs as well. Staff members from NHPR will also be along and may record portions of the hike for future broadcasts.
Something Wild has been airing on NHPR for over 20 years and has been heard by thousands of listeners. However, only a few individuals have had the opportunity to explore the natural world “on the front line” with the Something Wild duo of Chris and Dave. Now is your chance to join that exclusive group!
This walk will cover trails on and around NHA’s Stoney Brook Sanctuary and SPNHF’s Hay Reservation and will include some rugged walking off trail.
Keynote speaker Doug Tallamy presents: "It’s For the Birds"
Many bird populations in the U.S. are in steep decline, in part because our gardens and managed landscapes occupy more space than natural areas and we have not designed them with birds in mind. To do that, we can no longer view plants only as ornaments but must consider all of their roles when selecting them for our landscapes. Tallamy will discuss what birds need form our landscapes to breed successfully, the important roles native plants play in maintaining food webs vital to birds, emphasize the benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Landscaping in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.
The Tudor Richards Award will be presented to Nanci Mitchell.
The Goodhue-Elkins award will be presented to Rich Aaronian, Paul Lacourse and Peggy Meyette.
The John Thalheimer Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Bob Quinn.
This event is sponsored by Normandeau Associates
For questions, email Ruth Smith.