Audubon Society Field Trip Saturday, Iceland Program Sept. 19

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will hold a field trip in the Madison/Freedom area on Saturday, September 7, from 7:30-10:30 a.m., to look for migrating fall birds.

On Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, the chapter will present a program about Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice.

Iceland, Europe's largest island. is filled with dramatic landscapes and spectacular scenery. Naturalist Mark Suomala will show us volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, pools of water laden with sulfur, lakes, and scenic coastal landscapes. We'll also learn about Iceland's birds, and its offshore waters that are home to Minke Whales and Harbor Porpoise.

Geothermal energy is the main power source and, as a consequence, there is little pollution generated by its nearly 300,000 inhabitants. With its shores bordering the Arctic Circle, you would think that frigid temperatures would be the rule in Iceland, but the waters of the North Atlantic serve to moderate the conditions and make it quite livable.

There are steep seaside cliffs where hundreds of thousands of birds breed, including the world's largest colonies of Atlantic Puffin. Great Skuas and Parasitic Jaegers cruise these colonies in search of prey. There are also many breeding shorebirds, other waterfowl, and several spectacular raptor species, including White-tailed Eagle and Gyrfalcon.
The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road; follow the signs from Route 109 or from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School. Refreshments will be served.