Natu[email protected]: Coastal Birding

[email protected] is a new program series that gives you an opportunity to learn about the habitats and wildlife of Odiorne Point State Park after-hours.

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time: 6-8pm

 

Twilight is a special time in Odiorne Point State Park, when nocturnal critters awaken and headlamps and flashlights make the tide pools and forest glow. Join us to discover the magic during our new [email protected] program series, offered bimonthly on Tuesday evenings.

All programs begin at the Seacoast Science Center. [email protected] is free-of-charge, however, a suggested donation of $5 per person is greatly appreciated. Because space is limited, registration is recommended. Registration opens 4 weeks prior to each program.

 

Coastal Birding
May 29, 2018  (May 15  cancelled due to severe weather threat)

6-8pm

Odiorne Point State Park is a fantastic destination for bird enthusiasts, both expert and novice. With dense vegetation in the woodlands and wetlands and sweeping vistas of the salt marsh and Gulf of Maine, it’s no wonder Odiorne is a birding hot-spot. Once you bird here, you’ll want to come back again and again!

Bring your binoculars and/or scope and come dressed for the muddy spring terrain. A limited number of binoculars will be available to share. Presented in partnership with the Seacoast Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon.

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Bats!
July 17, 2018

6-8pm

These winged mammals often get a bad rap, but they are master insect-catchers that make up a whopping 20% of all mammal species world-wide. In NH, there are 8 species of bats, all of which are of “conservation concern.” Discover what species have been spotted here in Odiorne, how hibernating bats have fallen prey to the deadly White Nose Syndrome, and what you can do to help NH Fish and Game with their bat count survey. Also, learn how you can make a bat house to encourage natural insect control in your yard.

Please come prepared to walk the Park. Insect repellent suggested.

 

Twilight Tide Pooling
September 25, 2018

5:30­-7:30pm

Tide pools provide habitat for many fascinating marine animals and seaweeds that have adapted to the stresses of changing tides, waves, salinity, temperature, and oxygen. After a short lesson on intertidal ecology we’ll head to the tide pools to search for critters that lurk about in the evening hours and the marvelous iridescent Irish moss.

Bring rain boots or waders (no open-toed sandals please) and headlamps.

 

Owl Prowl
November 20, 2018

5:30­-7:30pm

Learn about owl courtship and mating, how owls rear their young, and how they survive the harsh winters on the Seacoast. You can get hands-on with a fun craft, see if you can discover what and owl’s last meal was by dissecting an owl pellet, and practice owl calls. After learning about owl ecology and behavior we’ll head out on the trails to call for, and hopefully spot, owls.

Please come dressed for the weather, wearing appropriate footwear for walking the trails, and bring a flashlight or headlamp.