For over a century, the New Hampshire Audubon Society has been dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and habitat throughout the Granite State. Currently, they manage more than 8,000 acres of conservation land covering every corner of the state and they offer educational opportunities at their four visitors centers.
The Susan McLane Center in Concord features educational exhibits including live birds of prey like a Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Screech Owl and Barred Owls. There are also miles of hiking trails to explore.
The Amoskeag Fishways Center in Manchester on the Merrimack River focuses on fun learning with live exhibits including a “fish ladder” for viewing the migration season.
Here’s a link to a live Peregrine Falcon webcam in downtown Manchester.
One of the very interesting things the NH Audubon Society does is monitor the “Hawk Migration” in the fall. Employees and members of the society set up shop on Carter Hill in Concord and at Miller State Park (Pack Monadnock) in Peterborough and monitor the migration. They count and catalog the number of birds flying south broken down by breed. Every year between September and November these volunteers count more than 10,000 raptors heading south! The chance to see these majestic birds “kettle” and soar is breathtaking!
Whether you are looking to hike, cross country ski or snowshoe the trails or you prefer to grab your boat (or SUP) and paddles and get on the water, you will find plenty of opportunities in NH Audubon sanctuaries. They offer guided excursions, monitor the hawk migration in the fall and host environmental talks at their visitors centers as well.
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