Wingin' It in the Winter! Bird Identification Hike

Join us on December 19th from 8am until 10 am for a morning full of learning about common wintering bird species frequently found around Squam Lake. As part of the SLA Adventure Ecology program series, Lakes Region Conservation Corps member Maggie Upham will start the day teaching participants about the importance of birds, in addition to bird calls and tricks to help recognize them by sight. Then we will take a guided tour around the SLA Campus to put our knowledge to the test recording the birds we see.

Identifying birds by sight and sound is a wonderful and fun skill to have. Birds are important because they help us better understand our environment. Birds do it all, they pollinate plants, disperse seeds, control pests, provide food, and are integral parts of the food chain. For example, pileated woodpeckers provide habitat for many species. They are excavators and the nest holes they leave behind become homes for various cavity nesters such as owls and even small mammals.

By the end of the program participants will be familiar with six local wintering birds that can be found around the area and know their distinguishing characteristics. After the tour participants will come back inside for tea and coffee to warm up and discuss the birds we saw and go over their calls one last time to ensure that everyone leaves a confident birder!

For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology Program, visit the SLA website ( or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336). The SLA offers other Adventure Ecology programs throughout the winter. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the LRCC AmeriCorps crew members spending the winter on squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association’s mission.