Another spring, another wonderful Discover Wild NH Day. We’ve yet to hear any overall attendance numbers from Fish & Game, but from within the CAUTION tape it sure seemed like a good turnout. An excellent turnout from the NHFA memmbership as well, with a range of hawks and falcons helping us inform the public about our passion.
NHFA – the DWNHD contingent
Large and small people, equally fascinated by a Red-tail.
Beautiful. J.O.’s merlin.
“He’s a Harris Hawk. No, they’re not native to New England.”
A photo early in the day – this is a relatively light crowd!
Thanks, as always, to NH Fish and Game (esp Mark Beauchesne) for the opportunity to showcase our passion.
April was a busy month for the NHFA. First up was Discover Wild NH Day. DWNH day is always well attended and in spite of on again/off again cloudy weather this year was no exception. From organizer Judy Silverberg at NHF&G, “Saturday was the best Discover Wild NH Day ever. There were over 6,000 people here enjoying the day and learning about all we do. It was a great team effort and we couldn’t have done it without your organization participating.” The next weekend, some of us assisted UNH Cooperative Extension with an ongoing New England Cottontail habitat restoration effort. 2,500 red and silky dogwood and American hazelnuts were planted by enthusiastic volunteers – NHFA folk were part of a big ‘many hands make light work’ crowd. Some pictures:
DWNH Day before things got too crazy.
Planting silky dogwood.
The victorious NHFA crew with UNH Coop Extension organizer, Emma Carcagno.
The NH Falconers Association was there! Pictures below.
Kids meet Kal-el the kestrel.
And a patient Harris’s.
A great time was had by all! As always, a large crowd of great people, many questions answered, many pictures taken, and, the NHFA hopes, good memories for old and young.
Taking it all in.
The New Hampshire Falconer’s Association will be at Discover Wild NH Day, April 30th at NH F&G Headquarters in Concord. More info is available here; we’ll have a variety of raptors with us and we’ll be ready to talk falconry. See you there!