Scientists estimate that over the last 50 years, North America has lost approximately 3 billion birds, or 25% of the bird population. What does this mean for the 300 species of birds found in New Hampshire? This was the topic of the Windham Garden Club’s first meeting of the 2022 – 2023 membership year on Thursday, September 15th.
NH Audubon photos available at www.nhaudubon.org/conservation/the-state-of-the-birds/
The presentation by Pamela Hunt, Ph.D. from NH Audubon included a discussion of:
- General population trends for NH birds;
- Variation across the nine types of habitats in NH – spruce-fir forests, hardwoods / mixed forests, shrublands, grasslands, rocky and alpine habitats, wetlands, lakes and rivers, coastal habitats, and developed areas;
- The challenges faced by migratory birds;
- The major threats to waterfowl, shorebirds, ocean birds, birds of prey, and aerial insectivores;
- The threats posed by outdoor cats, who kill more than two billion birds per year; and
- What we as individuals can do to help conserve local birds. These activities include keeping pets indoors or on a leash, making windows bird-safe, planting native trees and shrubs, avoiding toxic chemicals, supporting local agriculture, and helping to collect data on birds.
Our speaker, Pamela Hunt, Ph.D:
- Is a Senior Biologist for Avian Conservation at the NH Audubon, where she works closely with NH Fish and Game to coordinate and prioritize bird research and monitoring in the state;
- Authored the NH’s State of the Birds reports and is a core member of the team that developed New Hampshire’s Wildlife Action Plans;
- Coordinated the NH Dragonfly Survey, which mapped distribution of dragonflies in the state over a five year period;
- Received the National Wildlife Federation’s “Celebrating Women in Conservation” award in 2016;
- Served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Colby-Sawyer College; and
- Has a B.S. in biology from Cornell University, a M.A. in zoology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College.
Read more about The State of NH Birds, what you can do to help conserve NH’s birds, and download the 2020 State of the Birds Report from NH Audubon at www.nhaudubon.org/conservation/the-state-of-the-birds/.
The Windham Garden Club’s mission is bringing together people who are interested in all aspects of gardening, horticulture, and conservation. Membership meetings run September through June on the third Thursday of the month in the evening and are open to the public. Be sure to join the WGC at its next meeting at the Windham Town Hall on October 20th!
Membership in the Windham Garden Club is open to gardeners of all levels and is only $20. If you are interested in joining, visit https://windhamgardenclubplantsale.org/membership/or email email@example.com.