Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on August 12th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a leisurely paddle and informational session about the various types of birds you may find around the lake. This program is open to participants ages 12 and up. Participants will depart from the SLA boat launch at 534 US Rt 3 in Holderness at 10:00 a.m.
Conservation Intern, Olivia Roberts, will lead a kayaking tour around Squam to observe and listen to the different birds around the lake, both in the water and in the trees. Participants will first learn the four basic strokes of kayaking, then proceed to kayak around the lake, all while keeping a lookout for the loons and their chicks! Participants will learn about the different behaviors, vocalizations, diets, migrations, and overall qualities of three of the most common species of birds found on Squam. Additionally, the program will enlighten participants about the threats these species face, and how we can do our part to help control these issues and conserve these species.
“We are very fortunate that it is so easy to get lost in all of the hums and calls from the immense surrounding wildlife as we paddle along Squam Lake,” says Roberts. “However, having an idea of how and why the birds we see around the lake interact and behave the way they do can make the trip even more exceptional.”
Participants should be prepared for an extended period of time on the water, and are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at the birds around the area.
For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology Program, visit the SLA website (squamlakes.org) or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336). The SLA also offers other Adventure Ecology trips throughout the summer. Every Friday from June 17 through August 19, these free programs are open to the public and cover a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission.