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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Thursday, January 16, 7pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Biomimicry is an intentional practice of learning from, not just copying, well-adapted strategies and sustainable solutions used by living things to improve the design of products, processes, and systems. It is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. Come learn about strategies discovered by answering the question what would nature do?

 

Boreal Birds Field Program

Saturday, January 18, 8am-noon

Meet at Grant’s parking lot in Glen

Join the Tin Mountain Bird Society for a winter bird­ing adventure north of the notches. We will visit boreal birding hot spots off Trudeau Road outside Bethlehem and several other locales to spot resident boreal songbirds, including boreal chickadees, black backed wood peckers, crossbills and other finches. Dress warm. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours.

 

Youth Art Program: Wildlife Sketching

Saturday, January 18, 9:30-11:30am

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Junior nature artists we want you! Join Deb Ayers, local artist and longtime art teacher, for a morning of fun learning to draw the wonderful furry and feathery animals of our New Hampshire woodlands. Space is limited; please call 603-447-6991 to reserve a space. $5 program fee.

 

Life Below the Ice

Thursday, January 23, 7pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

When the lakes and ponds in NH freeze over what happens? Do the animals and plants hibernate? OR is there a rich diverse world that we never see or hear about? Spend an with Chief Executive Fish Nerd, Clay Groves, Licensed Ice Fishing Guide and Podcast Host as he takes you on a surprisingly warm journey of Life Under the Ice!

 

Environmental Book Group: The Wild Trees

Thursday, January 30, 4pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Join us for the inaugural gathering of Tin Mountain’s Environmental Book Group. We will be discussing The Wild Trees: a Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston. The book explores the remaining ancient trees in the redwood forests of northern California through the eyes of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists. What we find is a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored. Request a copy from your local library or purchase one from your local book seller. We hope you join us for the discussion.

 

Patterns in the Snow: a Tracking Exploration

Classroom session: Thursday, February 6, 7pm

Field session: Saturday, February 8, 9-11am

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Have you ever wondered what animals move through your yard when you’re not looking?  Have you ever looked at the tracks in your yard and wondered who made them and what they were doing? Snow provides us a yearly opportunity to learn more about our animal neighbors. The track patterns left behind will be our window into figuring out: Who left those tracks?  What were they doing? Were they in a hurry? Join local certified tracker Joe LaRue for a Thursday class and Saturday field session to explore these snowy riddles.

 

February EcoForum: Trout Stream Restoration

Thursday, February 13, 12-1pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Streams and riparian areas are dynamic, and change dramatically over decades and centuries. Research in the last thirty years has shed light on the interconnected nature of streams and riparian areas, documenting that riparian zones are indeed an integral part of stream ecosystems. Much of that research has demonstrated the importance of wood in streams to fish habitat and nutrient cycling, and emerging information on the role of light on the productivity of stream ecosystems. Come learn about research from New Hampshire and beyond on fish habitat and instream wood, and what we may expect in our streams in the coming decades as forests age. As well as several stream restoration projects that use our knowledge of stream and riparian processes to help stream ecosystems become healthy again.

 

New Hampshire’s Declining Bird Population

Thursday, February 13, 7pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

In September a study was published in the journal Science that highlighted an alarming decline in bird populations throughout North America. Similar studies in Europe have found the same. The report indicates a net population decline of 29% (about three billion birds) in North America since 1970. Yes that’s billion, with a “b.” Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, took a closer look at long term bird data in New Hampshire’s north country and found similar declines. Join Iain for an evening of exploring and explaining these trends and what they mean for the future of New Hampshire’s avian and greater wildlife populations.

 

Winter Tracks Family Snowshoe

Saturday, February 15, 10am-12pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Who’s been here? Was it a fox, a bobcat, or even a fisher? Learn the four basic track patterns and enjoy the morning outside with your family during Tin Mountain’s Winter Tracks Family Snowshoe program. Families of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Tracking Program at Nansen’s Winter Festival

Sunday, February 23

Milan Hills State Park, Milan

 

Tanzania:  Birds, Big Game and a Taste of Maasai Culture

Thursday, March 5, 7pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Based on a Feb. 2019 trip to Tanzania, TMCC member and volunteer Charlie Nims will share his birding safari adventure through the Northern Circuit of Tanzania including Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, finishing with a quick visit to Zanzibar.  Although the focus will be on birds, there will be lots of big game, some insight into the Maasai culture and a feel for the varied habitats.

 

Coastal Birds Field Program

Saturday, March 7, 7:30am

Meet at Nature Learning Center, Albany

We’re heading to the coast of Maine in search of harlequins, scoters, eiders, long-tailed ducks, and mergansers. Join us for an excursion to several great birding spots in southern Maine to look for various ducks and shorebirds. Make sure to bring warm layers, water, and a lunch. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours.

 

March EcoForum: Warmer Windows

Thursday, March 12, 12-1pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

 

Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, March 14, 8am-noon

Location TBA, but it will be exciting!

 

Ancient Trees of North America

Thursday, March 19, 7pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Take a photographic journey across North America to see the oldest trees starting in the White Mountains of California where we will learn about 5,000-year old Bristlecone Pines. Our journey will take us to see other trees including Whitebark and Foxtail Pines, Redwoods and Sequoias that live for 2,000-years or more. We will travel to South Carolina’s blackwater swamps to see 1,600 year old Bald Cypress and to Ontario to learn about 1,600 year old Northern White Cedar trees. We will finish in New Hampshire where we will learn that we have the oldest broad-leaved tree in North America, the Black Gum, and an ancient Eastern Red Cedar growing on a cliff. We will describe how scientist age trees and why dendrochronology is so important in understanding climate change.

 

First Season Benefit Dinner & Auction

Saturday, March 28, 5-9pm

Ada Wadsworth Arena, Fryeburg Academy

Join Tin Mountain for an evening of dinner, music, and hundreds exciting items donated by local businesses and craftspeople. Call 447-6991 for more information.

 

April EcoForum: 1816: The Year without a Summer

Thursday, April 9, 12-1pm

Nature Learning Center, Albany

Following the devastating eruption of Indonesia’s Mt. Tambora in 1815, the following year came to be known as the “Year without a Summer.” We’ll explore the many natural and cultural impacts this event had on the world, including right here in New Hampshire.

 

New Hampshire’s Bear Population

Thursday, April 9, 7pm

Whitney Community Center, Jackson

The state’s bear population may currently be slumbering, but management for these mammals is a year-round job. And that job belongs to Andrew Timmins (among many others). Andrew is a Wildlife Biologist and the State’s Bear Biologist. Andrew will present an overview of the state’s bear population, the challenges they are facing, and current management techniques.