Join Naturalist David Govatski for a guided boreal bird hike to remote Shoal Pond in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. This 12-mile hike is primarily along the grade of the historic Zealand Valley Logging Railroad (1884-1897).  While the focus of the trip is to look for boreal bird species such as boreal chickadee, white-winged crossbill, spruce grouse, black-backed woodpecker and gray jay we will cover other aspects of the cultural and natural history of this interesting region.

During the hike Dave will discuss the logging and forest fire history or the area, development of a hiking trail system, preservation as a Scenic Area and later as a Wilderness, boreal forest ecology, and boreal forest wildlife including American marten, snowshoe hare and Canada lynx. Participants will visit the site of a historic logging camp and see the remains of a 1912 stream gaging station that was key to the Weeks Act acquisition of land for the White Mountain National Forest.

Participants should bring binoculars, camera, hiking boots and clothing appropriate for the weather, food, water and be prepared for a long day of hiking. Party size is limited to 10 people due to wilderness restrictions. Reservations are required; please call 447-6991.

Tin Mountain’s Nature Programs are sponsored in part by the Evenor Armington Fund, LL Bean, and Residence Inn by Marriott. Donations of $3 per person and $5 per family are appreciated; members are free.