SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th • 12pm – 4pm Bring your blankets and lawn chairs so your family can enjoy an afternoon in the orchard!
Bring the entire family for a day of fun from 10AM – 3PM! Games, hayrides, music, crafts, antique farm equipment, chicken BBQ, more...
Morning Meeting – October 4
Ponemah Bog: Amherst’s Boreal Gem
Pam HuntAmherst’s Ponemah Bog is a popular spot for casual botanizing, but is it really even a bog?
At the daytime meeting of the Amherst Garden Club on Thursday, October 4, Pam Hunt, Ph.D., will explore the geology and ecology of the wide range of wetlands within the larger category of peatland - with a special focus on Ponemah.
The program will close with an overview of the Ponemah Bog Sanctuary, its history, and stewardship. Pam is presently the Avian Conservation Biologist with NH Audubon Society.
The meeting will take place at 9:00 am at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst. Following the business meeting and refreshments, the program will begin at 10:30. The public is welcome to attend with no fee.
Evening Meeting – October 4
Phil BrownRaptor Migration in NH: What the Numbers Tell Us
Join Phil Brown for a talk about hawk watching in New Hampshire, raptor identification and species natural histories. He will discuss what we have learned from observing the fall migration spectacle at Pack Monadnock Mountain each Fall for the past 13 years, as well as share anecdotes from the observatory, ID techniques, and tips on timing for enjoying this annual event.
Phil Brown is a lifelong bird enthusiast and trained naturalist who has traveled extensively in search of birds and natural places, but equally enjoys exploring close to home. He is a frequent field trip leader and instructor for NH Audubon, where he manages wildlife sanctuaries across the state. Phil has led many birding and nature tours from New England to the tropics for groups including Merlin Wildlife Tours, NH Audubon, Holbrook Travel, Road Scholar, and the Hawk Migration Association of North America. He has consulted on bird-related research projects for The Nature Conservancy and several local land trusts. Phil now coordinates the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory for the Harris Center.
In addition, Phil volunteers his time through coordinating two Christmas Bird Counts for National Audubon, runs an annual Breeding Bird Survey route for the USGS, and sits on various state and regional bird and wildlife committees. He is a winner of several birding competitions including NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding, Mass Audubon’s Superbowl of Birding, and NH Audubon’s Birdathon.
Phil is a graduate of Rutgers University in Natural Resource Management and has completed Master’s work in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England.
The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm at Parkhurst Place, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH. The public is welcome to attend with no fee.
Weather Note: If Amherst schools are cancelled due to weather, the club’s Daytime Meeting will also be cancelled. If schools are only delayed, the Daytime meeting will be held as scheduled.
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