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What is that bird I hear?


Location: Pine Hill Conservation Area in the Center harbor woods at the trailhead parking. You can use this link to help you navigate there if needed.

Center Harbor Woods is in between Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake, it is a 224-acre scenic, natural, and recreational area. Center Harbor Woods - Lakes Region Conservation Trust (


Registration: Space is limited to 10 people. Registration required.

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This Week's Program: Are you wanting to know more about the tweets, whistles and chirps you are hearing either in your backyard or out on the trails in your watershed? Then sign up for this introductory Bird ID course with LRCC Meg on March 31st from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. We will be hiking along the easy 2.2 mile loop trail at the Pine Hill Conservation Area. Using a variety of methods we will learn and teach each other about the birds we are hearing and hopefully see as we walk through the woods. Participants are welcome to bring ID books, binoculars, and a phone equipped with the CornellLab's Merlin Bird ID application. Participants should bring enough water and food for the duration of the program, we will have a lunch break as well.

What to Bring: Participants may bring their own binoculars to use during the hike, but they are not required as sound identification is the most common way to ID birds. If you have the ability to download CornellLab's Merlin Bird ID application on a phone this would also be a helpful tool to help Identify birds, and can be used to help you ID birds in other locations around the Lakes Region! Participants should bring their own food and water for this program, we will be taking breaks along the trail to ID birds and rest if needed, and we will have a break for lunch.

Participants should also be sure to have appropriate attire and layering for winter hiking, extra layers, and comfortable water resistant hiking shoes as well as snowshoes and/or microspikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes & microspikes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.

Audience: All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's SLA LRCC Guide: Hello everyone my name is Meg Jacobs and I am a member of the Squam Lakes Association and am serving with the Lakes Region Conservation Corps. I am from Salisbury Massachusetts and went to school at the University of New Hampshire where I studied Wildlife Conservation and Biology. I have loved hiking since the day I was carried up a mountain by my parents, sadly no one carries me anymore but walking up on my own is just as fun. I love finding the perfect spot to sit and observe nature and can't wait for all the adventures I will find around the Squam Lakes!

SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:

Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who perform important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. 

Lakes Region Conservation Corps

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about the program.