Breeding Bird Census starts bright and early at Science Center on Saturday (450)

HOLDERNESS —  For over three decades Senior Naturalist Dave Erler has conducted a census in early June of bird species that nest on the campus of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. The census is done primarily by ear, listening for territorial songs of male birds, indicating probable nesting.
The census will be held on Saturday, June 8 with the early session (5:30 a.m.) involving canvassing two forested zones, including Mt. Fayal. The later session (8 a.m.) covers fields, exhibit areas, and Kirkwood Gardens. Binoculars are available at no extra charge, or participants may bring their own. This program is for adults and older children. No charge to attend but reservations are required by calling 968-7194.
The Science Center is holding its annual Kirkwood Gardens Day on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This event has been held annually, rain or shine under the tents, since 1997. Visitors can gain inspiration from the gardens and find annual and perennial additions for their gardens. Expert gardeners will be on hand to answer garden and plant related questions. There will be drinks and baked goods for sale throughout the event. Visitors can also take part in a silent auction for items including ceramic potted annuals and perennials, various gift certificates, bird feeders, native shrubs, and more. All proceeds benefit Kirkwood Gardens at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Kirkwood Gardens Day is sponsored by Belknap Landscape Company.
Also on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Iain MacLeod will talk about Project OspreyTrac,k which tracks Ospreys from New England to South America using GPS devices. The program is revealing amazing new information about their survival, migration strategies, and the hazards they face along the way. Hear the whole story of Art, a male Osprey that nests in Bridgewater and winters 5,000 miles away in Brazil, including his dramatic return. This program is free as part of a regular trail admission, $15/adult, $12/senior (65+), $10/youth (ages 3 to 15), children 2 and under free.
On Monday, June 10  from 3-4:30 p.m. there will be one of two weekly Loon Cruises that the Science Center joins forces with the Loon Preservation Committee (LPF) to offer. The Loon Cruise focuses on Common Loon conservation, biology, and monitoring. A Science Center naturalist joins an LPC biologist who guides the tour and discusses the work LPC does across the state and on Squam Lake to protect these extraordinary birds. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90-minutes and depart from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge, next to Walter's Basin Restaurant in downtown Holderness. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. There is limited space for Squam Lake Cruises. Reserve your seat by calling 603-968-7194.
Cost: Adult: $21/member; $23/non-member; Senior (65+): $19/member; $21/non-member; Youth (ages 3-15): $17/member; $19/non-member. Not recommended for children 2 and under.