All programs are open to the public. Please pre-register by clicking here, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 603-463-9400, unless noted otherwise, so that Bear-Paw can provide adequate materials for everyone and notify participants in case of any last minute changes.
Off trail: Outdoor Skills for Land Conservation
April 26 • 9 am–2 pm
Bear-Paw Office and Freese Town Forest, Deerfield
Learn and practice skills such as map and compass reading, understanding property survey maps, and navigating in sometimes unfamiliar and challenging terrain. You will expand your exploratory horizons and bolster your confidence about off-trail navigation. This outdoor skills workshop will be particularly valuable for anyone interested in being a Bear-Paw volunteer easement monitor, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about off-trail navigation. We’ll discuss how and why we monitor our conservation lands and how you can get involved!
Spring Migration Bird Walk
May 10 • 7–9 am
Isinglass River Conservation Reserve, Strafford
In southern NH, the first two weeks in May mark the peak for arrival and pass-through of Neotropical migrants. Come join in the fun identifying beautifully colored migrant songbirds like vireos, warblers, and thrushes. Stephen Hale, Ph.D., a researcher with UNH, will give tips on binocular use and bird identification by sight as well as an introduction on how to identify some birds by their songs.
June 14 • 10 am–Noon
Strafford School District Easement, Strafford
For its tenth Biothon! teams of Bear-Paw naturalist volunteers and Board members will take to the woods and wetlands of the 290-acre Strafford School District easement. The property includes Hill Pond and several streams that feed into the Mohawk River, an important tributary of the Isinglass River. This annual treasure hunt to identify and catalogue as many plant and animal species as possible on a property helps us discover and promote the biodiversity of the lands Bear-Paw works to protect and to raise money to support our Land Protection program.
Contributors to this year’s Biothon! are invited on a family-friendly exploration of the Strafford School District property and Hill Pond with Annette Schloss, a research scientist from UNH. She’ll lead a walk to uncover the creatures living in the pond and in the stream on the property. We’ll provide nets and discovery scope boxes to capture and examine our finds. This is a trip for kids of all ages! Following the walk participants can join the Bear-Paw naturalist teams at the home of Board member Harmony Anderson for a potluck lunch. Bring food or drink to share and join the party!
Paddle on Wild Goose Pond
June 28 • 9–12 am
Graylag Cabins, Pittsfield
Join Mark West, a wetland scientist and Bear-Paw board member, for a leisurely paddle on Wild Goose Pond exploring a variety of wetland habitats and learning about aquatic ecology. The trip will leave from Graylag Cabins in Pittsfield (www.graylagcabins.com) – just across the pond from Bear-Paw’s Crooked Run project. Bring your kayak or canoe, life jacket, swim suit and a picnic lunch. Please let us know if you need a boat and we’ll pair you up if we can. Paddling and swimming experience required.
Casting on the Suncook (and we don’t mean fishing!)
September 13 • 2–4:30 pm
Suncook River, Epsom
Popular demand brings a three-peat of our trip to the Suncook River searching for animal tracks and making plaster casts of the prints. Bear-Paw will bring materials for everyone and Board member Lisa Clark will provide the instruction and materials for capturing your souvenir of an animal’s trip.