HOLDERNESS — Four of five closely watched satellite-tagged New Hampshire Ospreys have crossed the Caribbean and reached South America. Researchers and educators from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center have been following the large, fish-eating birds since they were fitted with light-weight, GPS-enabled, transmitter backpacks earlier this year.
Two of the birds – brothers Artoo and Bergen -- are the sons of Art, the adult male Osprey that was followed last year on his amazing 5,000 mile journey from his winter home in Brazil to his nest in Bridgewater. Art was recaptured in August by Science Center Executive Director Iain MacLeod and his research partner Dr. Rob Bierregaard, and relieved of his transmitter which he had carried for 14,000 miles. That transmitter was placed on his son Artoo.
Artoo left the Bridgewater nest on August 16 and headed to Pennsylvania where he explored various rivers for several weeks. Bergen left a couple days later and spent a couple weeks on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. "Amazingly Bergen and Artoo crossed paths just to the west of the Chesapeake on the afternoon of September 23," said MacLeod. "Then they both headed out over the open ocean (known as the "Georgia bite"), at one point only half a mile apart, through the following night and both returned to shore on the Georgia coast on the 24th." They then took different routes down to Florida, but roosted within four miles of each other on the night of September 30. Both crossed to Cuba then to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Bergen made a 500+mile over ocean crossing to the coast of Colombia on October 11 while Artoo lingered around the town of Higuey in eastern D.R. until October 20. He crossed to Venezuela – a 460+ mile crossing -- on the morning of October 21.
Bergen has settled into a remote Colombian river valley near the border with Venezuela, where he might spend the next 18 months before returning to New Hampshire in 2015. "He may also just be staging there before moving to another location," said MacLeod. "His brother Artoo now has to find himself a safe territory too where he can spend the next 18 months," MacLeod added.
A third youngster, named Weber, left her nest in Hampton Harbor on September 6 and made an uninterrupted flight down to the Dominican Republic and crossed over the Venezuela on September 27. Sadly, she only lasted a little more than 24 hours in Venezuela before her signal stopped moving and researchers assume she died.
The fourth Osprey, an adult male named Donovan, was tagged at his nest in Tilton in late May. He is the father of Jill and Chip, two youngsters who were followed last year. Donovan left New Hampshire on September 17 and skirted just west of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington on his way to Florida. He flew over the Bahamas on his way to Cuba, then over to Haiti, but then surprised MacLeod by continuing east over to Puerto Rico and then to the Virgin Islands. He ended up on St. Croix before making an attempt to cross the Caribbean on October 9, but changed his mind and returned to Puerto Rico. "Maybe he forgot something," jokes MacLeod. After a week fishing around the town of Ponce on the south coast of Puerto Rico, Donovan flew back to St. Croix and completed a nonstop 660 mile trip across the Caribbean to Venezuela. Donovan then headed southwest and quickly reached the Rio Claro – a tributary of the mighty Orinoco River, where he has settled for the last couple days. "This may be his winter home," said MacLeod. "Donovan is a mature bird who has made this migration several times. He knew where he was going -- Ospreys are vary faithful to both their winter and summer haunts and will return year after year to the same South American river," added MacLeod.
The fifth tagged Osprey, an adult male named Mackenzie, died before leaving New Hampshire on the shore of Head Pond in Berlin – likely the victim of a Great Horned Owl or Goshawk attack. MacLeod recovered his remains in early October.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center launched the project in 2011 with financial and logistical support from Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH). In addition to PSNH support, MacLeod also gained project funding from the Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust and the Science Center's own Innovative Project Fund. "PSNH has continued to be an annual supporter of this project and an outstanding steward of nesting Ospreys throughout the state," said MacLeod. In addition to supporting this research project, PSNH has installed nesting poles, managed Osprey nests on their power lines and also runs a webcam on an Osprey nest at their hydro station at Ayers Island in New Hampton/Bristol.
You can follow the continuing journeys of Artoo, Bergen, and Donovan from your computer. MacLeod authors a blog which provides regular updates and maps showing where each bird is and what lies in store. The blog is at http://www.nhnature.org/programs/project_ospreytrack/.
MacLeod also authors an up-to-the-minute Twitter feed @OspreyNH
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
PLYMOUTH — January 17, 2013 was Carrie Rodriguez Day in her hometown of Austin, Texas, "in recognition of her work in advancing Austin as the 'Live Music Capital of the world'." The singer, songwriter and instrumentalist will make the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University her home in a single performance November 8 at 8 p.m.
The honor in her hometown was just the latest in a string of accolades for the prodigious fiddler, soulful singer and probing songwriter who has toured with Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, John Prine and Los Lobos.
The Huffington Post says "Carrie Rodriguez just might be the hardest-working woman in American roots music. The Austin, Texas-born-and-raised singer-songwriter plays the fiddle but doesn't fiddle around."
Rodriguez detoured from a degree as a classical violinist at Oberlin, choosing instead to become a fiddler at the Berklee College of Music in Boston after sitting in on a sound check with her father's friend, Lyle Lovett. She made her solo debut in 2006 with Seven Angels on a Bicycle and says, "All of a sudden I found myself in this position of being called a singer-songwriter, which felt so strange." But she happily returned to that role on her latest album, Give Me All You Got, which topped the Americana Radio Chart for weeks as one of the strongest debut albums of the year. The album's producer Lee Townsend says that album "still addresses Carrie's roots in Americana, but with a bit of a pop edge. I think it is her most mature record—every direction that is explored is distilled to an essential kind of expression."
Rodriquez toured Europe With Chip Taylor in a program that showcased artists of Hispanic ancestry including Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano and Rodriguez. The tour captured the heart of Americana music aficionados and infused the Latino community with a dose of Ameri-Chicana pride, according to TODOAustin.com.
Tickets for Carrie Rodriquez's Plymouth performance are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 08:30
GILFORD — Opechee Garden Club will welcome back Bill Graham on November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford.
Graham, one of New England's top floral designers is the owner of Beautiful Things, a flower and gift shop in Salem Mass. Known for his acclaimed presentation "The Little Black Dress'', Mr. Graham has created a new program, "Blueprints for the Holidays" which promises an evening filled with fun and glamorous ideas to spice up the holidays.
He will provide ideas for holiday decorating, taking us from the front door to the holiday dinner table, while offering ideas for fashion accessories to add some bling and fun to holiday accessories. Graham's floral creations will be auctioned off at the end of the evening.
The public is invited to attend this special evening event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. A donation of $5 is requested. Reservations are not required however we would appreciate being notified if you have a group of 10 or more as seating is limited.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 08:21
GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library will host a presentation on Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.focusing on a number of New Hampshire men who never returned home after World War II.
Author Aimee Gagnon Fogg will discuss her recently published book, The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle. A Nashua native, Fogg grew up hearing stories about her Great-Uncle, PFC Paul Lavoie, who was killed in action in Germany. He now rests among 7,992 WWII soldiers at the Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in Belgium.
After a pilgrimage to the site, she learned that 37 other NH men were also buried there. Her book is an attempt to remember each of the NH men as well as capture the essence of the person behind the military rank.
Fogg emphasizes in her introduction that the book is meant to allow each man an opportunity to share his life once again, a life he sacrificed in the pursuit of liberty for his fellow man.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 10:08
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- Boys & Girls Club experience the Boston Bruins at TD Garden
- PSU’s Silver Series presents Paul Taylor 2 Dance Co.
- Scouts will be Scouting for Food 11/2, 11/8 and 11/9
- Educational Theatre Collaborative hosting auditions for Oliver musical
- Muzzleloader deer season starts Nov. 2; regular firearms deer Nov. 13