Take part in Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

January 2012 marks the 32nd consecutive winter that New Hampshire Audubon has coordinated the state’s Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, and area residents are invited to participate.

Part of a national effort, this annual count provides data on the eagle population, as well as an opportunity to monitor important wintering habitat. New Hampshire started participating in the Midwinter Eagle Survey in winter 1980-81. Back then, seeing an eagle in the state was highly unusual, and they were on both the state and federal Endangered Species lists. But after three decades of eagle population recovery, many in the Granite State now expect to see eagles on our rivers, lakes, and estuaries, no matter what the season.

Last year on the day of the survey, 54 bald eagles were sited throughout the state. Join the Nashaway Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon for its local eagle count. This year’s count will take place along the Merrimack River from Hudson to Manchester, on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 8 a.m.-noon. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one, and dress warmly. The trip will start in Nashua at the Exit 7 Park & Ride, on the hill behind Granite Inn. To register or for more information, contact field trip Coordinator Richard Bielawski at 429-2537 or rbielawski@mac.com.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the group will host Bob Quinn for a free talk about the natural wonders of New Hampshire. Quinn is a native of New Hampshire who has traveled and birded throughout North America since 1972. He worked for New Hampshire Audubon for nine years, becoming their first staff ornithologist. He continues as an active volunteer for New Hampshire Audubon and in 2010 he was honored with the Goodhue-Elkins award for contributions to ornithology in the state. In this presentation, Quinn will use pictures and stories of birds to highlight this exploration of the Granite State, from the high peaks through the northern forests to flood plains, bogs, shores and offshore islands. Enjoy the landscapes, seasons, flowers and wildlife of the state’s natural heritage. The program will take place at 7 p.m. in the downstairs theater room of the Nashua Public Library. Registration is not necessary. For more information, contact Richard Maloon at 424-5621 or richard.maloon@att.net.