Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge [Jefferson, NH]
The annual International Migratory Bird Day at Pondicherry is one of the great gathering points for birders from all over the state—and they come for good reason: over 130 different species of birds breed here, making it one of New England’s most biodiverse sanctuaries. Add to that group the large numbers of migrant warblers, thrushes, raptors, and others still passing through the area, and you have the makings of a jaw-dropping spectacle. On this trip the Harriers will have the chance to learn from experienced birders, botanists, and all-around naturalists, but we’ll also spend some time on our own in the quiet of the woods. And we’ll hope to see our namesake, the Northern Harrier, engaged in its roller-coaster aerial displays over the edge of Cherry Pond. Meet at the parking lot off of Hazen/Airport Rd. (1/4 mile east of Mt. Washington Regional Airport) at 8:00 a.m.