ALBANY — Iain MacLeod, executive director of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and Tin Mountain will be presenting the program “Canaries in the Coalmine: Bird Population Declines in New Hampshire” on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Nature Learning Center in Albany.

The program will be preceded by a Tin Mountain Bird Society potluck at 5:30 p.m. — a gathering open to all and a great opportunity to socialize, discuss recent birding trips and sightings, and learn about upcoming avian programs.

In September 2019, the journal Science published a study highlighting an alarming decline in bird populations throughout North America. Similar studies in Europe have found the same.

The report indicates a net population decline of 29 percent (about three billion birds) in North America since 1970. MacLeod will took a closer look at the long-term bird data in New Hampshire and found similar trends.

Many familiar songbirds are vanishing — towhees, thrashers, wood thrushes, white-throated sparrows — while others like raven, wild turkey and pileated woodpecker are increasing. MacLeod will explore and explain these alarming trends and what they mean for the future of New Hampshire’s avian and greater wildlife populations.

MacLeod has been studying birds in New Hampshire for more than 30 years. He is on the editorial board of and frequent contributor to N.H. Bird Records, a member of the N.H. Rare Birds Committee and last year’s recipient of N.H. Audubon Goodhue-Elkins Award (for contributions to ornithology in New Hampshire).

Donations of $5 per person or $10 per family are appreciated. Members are free.

The Tin Mountain Nature Program Series is sponsored in part by the Bank of New Hampshire, Hancock Lumber and Ragged Mountain Equipment.

To learn more about Tin Mountain and other upcoming programs call (603) 447-6991, go to tinmountain.org, or friend them on Facebook.

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