Fall has been particularly colorful with sunny days and dry weather. That ended abruptly on Thursday with a much heralded nor’easter bringing wind and rain, stripping the trees of their remaining leaves.

The Tamworth History Center has extended its fall season and will be open Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and any time by appointment through the annual meeting the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 26. Tamworth in the Civil War is a really interesting exhibit; come and check it out. For an appointment, call (603) 323-2911.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 a.m. Will Broussard, education coordinator for the Mount Washington Observatory, and naturalist Lynne Flaccus will look for late season migrant songbirds such as palm warblers and swamp sparrows at the Charlotte C. Browne Memorial Woods in Silver Lake.

This year’s Tamworth Community Nurse Association concert fundraiser, Wall of Grass, will take place there on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets from the Tamworth Community Nurse office, located at 84 Main St. The suggested donation is $20. Call (603) 323-8511 for details.

The Wall of Grass captures the energy of different genres. The performers form a circle singing, playing numerous instruments, cascading into a symphony of music for the soul. The core of musicians represents a who’s who of the music scene coming together to benefit the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, serving the residents of Tamworth for 98 years. 

Tamworth Community Nurse Association offers individuals of all ages free skilled nursing care, educational programs, and assistance in coordinating access to other available services and resources.

This year’s One Book One Valley publication is “Becoming Nicole” by Amy Alice Nutt. Events include a discussion at Cook Memorial Library on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Laura Hodgeman will present “No Cinderella Story: Friends Remember Ben Scott 'Benderella' Rae," a talk about the life of a victim of transphobia. This year’s culminating event is a presentation by the book’s author at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Kennett High School.

The Cook Memorial Library and the Tamworth History Center have received a community project grant from New Hampshire Humanities to host a cemetery tour “New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones” on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m.

Glenn Knoblock will present this “Humanities in Action” program at Ordination Rock Cemetery on Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth, at the intersection of Hollow Hill Road. In the event of snow or heavy rain, the event will be relocated to the Tamworth History Center at the Hall-Dyer House in Tamworth village.

Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the throat distemper epidemic and the American Revolution. In this cemetery tour, Glenn Knoblock will point out examples of these deeply personal works of art, and describe the work of the craftsmen who carved them.

Cook Memorial Library is not only a collection of books and an inviting space to read or go online, but also our local cultural center, hosting many interesting programs and presentations. Important features of our local landscape are forests and woodlands, and the library is honoring them with “In Praise of Trees a Season of Trees at Cook Memorial Library.” Art and Artifacts are on display during October and November, and come along on Oct. 28 for the poetry hour "On Trees.” On Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Book Club discussion of “The Hidden Life of Trees," by Peter Wohlleben.

Attention seniors: A kind volunteer transports luncheon from Ossipee Concerned Citizens to The Tamworth Town House will be served at noon. This is a wonderful congregate meal with great food at a convenient location, so come along and enjoy. Ossipee Concerned Citizens serves meals daily starting at noon. The food is delicious, nutritious and varied and usually includes a salad bar. The cost is a free will donation.

On Wednesday, I attended an informative presentation on the impacts of weather and climate on fall bird migration, presented by Chocorua Lake Conservancy and Cook Memorial Library, by Will Broussard.

Some of the disturbing facts are that declining availability of resources and other factors, have contributed to a steep decline in migratory song birds. New Hampshire has a wide variety of trees and ecosystems supporting migratory birds during mating and raising their young.

Broussard mentioned the fly ways that migratory birds use to navigate their way to warmer climates in the winter. They are known to use storms to propel them quickly to their destinations.

Some species, including cardinals, are breeding residents, having been assisted by humans in surviving the winters. Transitory migrants are birds simply passing through our region on their way to other locations. Some species, including the Arctic tern, fly enormous distances, up to 12,000 miles one way. They often become victims of exhaustion, starvation, predation, hunting, pollution, development and deforestation.

Warming oceans affect fisheries and sometimes decrease the availability of the food specific species depend on. There is evidence that birds can in some way perceive the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation purposes.

Help migratory birds by planting native shrubs and trees, mowing fields late in the season, ceasing the use of pesticides, and keeping cats indoors. Cats are responsible for massive predation of migratory birds, up to a billion a year. Thanks Will Broussard for this incredible talk and Chocorua Lake Conservancy and Cook Memorial Library for hosting it.

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