All programs are open to the public. Please pre-register by clicking here, emailing email@example.com, 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.
Spring Migration Bird Walk
May 9, 7am-9
Great Marsh Preserve, Hooksett
Stephen Hale, Ph.D., a Researcher with the University of New Hampshire, will give tips on bird identification by sight as well as an introduction on how to identify some birds by their songs on this field trip to Bear-Paw’s newest Preserve. In southern NH, the first two weeks in May marks 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.
Easement Monitoring for Volunteers
Stewardship Network: New England
May 16, 9am-2pm
Lee Safety Complex, Lee
Are you a volunteer or community member, who is responsible for monitoring conservation easements? This workshop will offer best practices for performing annual monitoring of conservation easements held by towns, conservation organizations, and land trusts. We'll spend a couple hours learning indoors before heading outside to put our new skills to work! Professionals from UNH Cooperative Extension, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will lead the program. Register at www.tinyurl.com/easement-monitor.
Off Trail: Outdoor Skills for Land Conservation
Stewardship Network: New England
June 6, 2015, 9am-2pm
Bear-Paw Office and Freese Town Forest, Deerfield
This workshop will give you a chance to 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. Professionals from Bear-Paw Regional Greenways and UNH Cooperative Extension will lead the program. This workshop is particularly valuable for those who need to monitor conservation easements, but is open to anyone wanting to learn more about off-trail navigation. Register at www.tinyurl.com/outdoor-skill
Mountain Bike Ride
June 13, 10am-12
Clay Pond Conservation Area, Hooksett
Peter Desantis, owner of Comprehensive Trail Services LLC (www.comprehensivetrailservices.com), will lead a leisurely paced, 2 hour mountain bike ride in and around the Clay Pond Conservation Area in Hooksett. The terrain is hilly and will require a moderate level of effort. Riders should be equipped with an off road bike and all ages are welcome provided they are capable. Please also pack a small snack and water.
What’s that Dragonfly?
July 11, 8:30am-10
TL Storer Boy Scout Reservation, Strafford
Is that a Mottled darner or a Spatterdock darner? Who knows the difference? Strafford’s Scott Young does and once again he will lead us on another walk to learn about the dragonflies and damsel flies that can be discovered in the Bear-Paw region. Bring your camera, and you may want a note-book to record those interesting names. We will be exploring a section of the TL Storer Boy Scout Reservation in Strafford that was recently conserved and is not actively used by the Scouts.
"Plants to know, Plants to eat" with Russ Cohen
Saturday, September 12, 9:30am-12
Graylag Cabins, Pittsfield
Join Russ Cohen, environmentalist and author of the book Wild Foods I Have Known…and Eaten, for a walk along the shores of Wild Goose Pond and in the woods beyond to search for edible foods the New Hampshire landscape provides. The enthusiastic response of participants on Russ’s 2013 field trip ensured that we needed to offer the trip again to others.
The exploration will take place on Carl Wallman’s beautiful 314-acre Graylag Cabins property (www.graylagcabins.com) along the Pittsfield side of Wild Goose Pond where Russ and the group can inspect plant life along the shore and the forest trails. Carl is currently working with Bear-Paw to permanently protect the property with a conservation easement. Following the walk Russ will talk with the group about ways to prepare the items we find. Bring a few containers to take home samples of your discoveries!