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Two More NH Ospreys Carrying Satellite Transmitters

HOLDERNESS —  Two New Hampshire Ospreys are sporting hi-tech backpacks that will allow researchers (and the public) to follow their incredible 3,000+ mile migrations. Lightweight, GPS-enabled, solar-powered satellite transmitter backpacks use interactive web-based technology to allow near real-time virtual tracking of Ospreys as they migrate from their nests in New Hampshire to South America and back.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) launched Project OspreyTrack in 2011 with financial and logistical support from Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), the Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust and the Science Center's own Innovative Project Fund. This year, additional funding has been provided by The Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith.

The project is led by Iain MacLeod, SLNSC Executive Director. MacLeod has studied Ospreys for more than 30 years and has monitored the growing nesting population in the Lakes Region since 1997 in collaboration with NH Audubon and NH Fish and Game.

"This project will allow us to track these birds continuously for three or more years and is part of a larger New England-wide project spearheaded by Dr. Richard (Rob) Bierregaard, a distinguished visiting research professor at the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina," said MacLeod. "Bierregaard has been studying Ospreys on Martha's Vineyard for 40+ years and holds extensive experience using this satellite tracking system. After 14 years, and more than 80 birds tagged, his project is providing much-needed data revealing migrational differences among Ospreys and helping pin down where threats to the birds lie," added MacLeod.

Logistical support this year was also provided by Bridgewater Power Company, J.Jill Distribution Center in Tilton, and Donovan Tree Experts. Chris Martin, a conservation biologist from NH Audubon, is a key project advisor.

On August 12, MacLeod and Bierregaard fitted transmitters onto two youngsters. A male named Tilton was tagged at a nest in the town of Tilton. Tilton's father, Donovan was tagged in 2013 at this nest and spent his winter in Venezuela. "It will be interesting to watch any overlaps in the migration routes of father and son," said MacLeod. Tilton began his migration on August 19 and is now in New York. Donovan is still at his nest feeding Tilton's sister.

The second chick was tagged at a nest in Bridgewater. This bird, named Bridget, is the daughter of Art, an adult male who carried a transmitter in 2012 and 2013, and is a one-year-removed sister of Artoo and Bergen, two male chicks that were tagged at this nest in 2013. Artoo is currently in Brazil hanging out on a small lake near the Amazon. Bergen also made it to Brazil last year but died in February.

Bridget left New Hampshire August 21 and was in Massachusetts by the end of the day.

The Osprey - sometimes called the "fish hawk" - is a large fish-eating bird of prey - the only raptor in the world to feed exclusively on live fish. Bierregaard's studies have shown that Ospreys are still shot while migrating through Cuba and Haiti - usually at fish farms - and at their wintering grounds in South America. Hurricanes in the Caribbean are also a major threat to the birds.

To follow the latest updates on this Osprey project and follow the NH tagged birds, visit: http://www.nhnature.org/programs/project_ospreytrack.

You can also follow MacLeod's Osprey Tracking Twitter feed at @OspreyNH.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:31

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Wolfeboro friends of music opening 79th season

WOLFEBORO — "Old, New, Borrowed, Blues!" Wolfeboro Friends of Music springs into its seventy-ninth season with acclaimed cellist Yehuda Hanani joining American guitar master Eliot Fisk in a diverse, unconventional duo recital on Saturday September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the All Saints' Episcopal Church, 258 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. The concert is sponsored by Roy and Sandy Ballentine, in memory of Robert Richardson.

Yehuda Hanani has been praised by the New York Times as performing music which comes "bounding to life in vital interpretations rich in imaginative detail and virile strength," and Elliot Fisk has been hailed by the New Yorker as "the king of the American classical guitar." For over a decade the charismatic duo has appeared in a multitude of settings across the U.S., blending the sonorities of their instruments and bringing together their combined mastery, superb musicianship, strong musical profile and commitment to connect with diverse audiences.

Known worldwide for his adventurous repertoire and willingness to take art music into unusual venues (logging camps and prisons!), Fisk has performed to dazzling critical and public acclaim in recital, as soloist with major orchestras and in a wide variety of chamber music combinations, including command performances for President Bill Clinton and King Juan Carlos of Spain. Fisk's forays into unconventional territory have included creative collaborations with other musicians in classical, flamenco, jazz, and world-music styles. He has transformed the repertoire of the classical guitar through his groundbreaking transcriptions including works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini, and Albeniz.

Hanani and Fisk's diverse Wolfeboro program will include works by Boccherini, Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Lecuona, Cesar Cui, and Ernest Bloch, as well as Grammy Award-nominated composer Robert Beaser's Mountain Songs. All are original arrangements by the two performers.

This is the first of eight programs presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music to people of the greater Lakes Region during its season, which runs from September through May. Tickets are available for $25 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website: www.wfriendsofmusic.org.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:21

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LRGHealthcare seeks patient escorts

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare Volunteer Services is searching for caring and reliable volunteers to become Patient Escorts. Shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. 

As a Patient Escort, volunteers might be the first to face an anxious patient sees as they walk into the hospital. Volunteers can help alleviate some of the patients anxiety as they are escorted to a test or procedure.

Volunteer applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Volunteer shifts are available 7 days a week from 8a.m. to 12p.m., 12p.m. to 4p.m., and shifts available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If community members are unable to commit to a 4 hour shift they can contact LRGHealthcare Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Peary at 737-6720 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to discuss alternate time frames. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:17

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Community-minded teens and young adults invisted to join ASTRA club

MEREDITH — Young adults, ages 12 to 25, who want help their community are invited to join ASTRA every second Monday of the month at the Meredith Community Center. 

The name ASTRA is an acronym for Ability, Service Training, Responsibility and Achievement. It is a volunteer organization sponsored by the Altrusa International Club of Meredith. The club affords its members the opportunity to use their time and talent to enrich the lives of others by working with local, civic and volunteer groups on service projects designed to make our community a better place to live.

ASTRA members are very active in their community year round by participating in events such as The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation’s annual Gowns for Girls event, The Altrusa Club of Meredith’s annual Festival of Trees event and the; Caregivers annual mini golf tournament event. Members have also participated in making care packages for veterans, shopping for food to make Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, assisting at Altrusa sponsored community dinners at the First Congregational Church in Meredith and Christmas caroling at local nursing homes.
For more information on how to get involved contact ASTRA Chair Karen Truberg at (603) 253-3167.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:11

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