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Science in the Mountains

Join us this summer for our 10th annual Science in the Mountains lecture series!

This free series is held at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. All programs begin at 7pm unless otherwise indicated, and we encourage you to arrive early to claim your seat.

2017 Schedule

July 12: Tracking Bobcats in the Granite State – Patrick Tate
Research efforts to document and study the resurgence of the Bobcat in New Hampshire with NH State Biologist Patrick Tate. Through trapping, collaring and an extensive volunteer spotter program, New Hampshire Fish & Game Department in partnership with the University of New Hampshire have gathered a trove of information on the abundance, health and habits of one of New England’s most elusive predators. Tate will present the research and results of this important study and discuss methods for reducing unwanted Human-Bobcat interactions.

July 19: From Summit to Sea Level – Sarah Long 
Meteorologist Sarah Long has taken her career from mountaintop to sea level over the course of 20 years. Sarah began her career in meteorology at the Mount Washington Observatory summit station, followed by a very different life at sea level where she had to trade in the fleece and Gore Tex for a green screen. Join Sarah as she tells the tales of life and work on the summit of Mt. Washington and how that work relates to her current forecasting job at WMTW, Channel 8 in Portland, ME. Bring your questions about weather, forecasting, climate, TV life and summit life!

July 26: Ticks! Lyme Disease, Moose Ticks and Winter Ticks – Dr. Alan Eaton
Dr. Alan Eaton, Entomologist with UNH Cooperative Extension will discuss basic tick biology, and contrast the 3 main host ticks with the 1 host winter tick. He will show how to recognize the species that are of minimal concern and those of major concern. A discussion of the human tick-borne diseases in New Hampshire, and how to reduce the chances of becoming a victim will be presented at length. Finally for this north county lecture, he will cover the winter tick and its unusual relationship with our moose.

August 2: The Mount Washington Avalanche Center 
An avalanche Forecaster will talk about life and work of the highly regarded Mount Washington Avalanche Center (MWAC). MWAC is operated by the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest and is the only American avalanche center east of the Rockies. With the rich history of skiing and climbing here, it is also the oldest forecasting program in the country. This behind the scenes look at MWAC will give outdoor enthusiasts a better understanding of the work performed in the ravines of Mt. Washington.

August 9: AMC’s Mountain Watch Program – Georgia Murray
Come learn about the Mountain Watch Program from AMC staff scientist Georgia Murray. Mountain Watch is a citizen science program engaging hikers in hands-on monitoring of air quality and alpine climate change. Through activities along the trail and at AMC high huts learn about air pollution impacts to visibility, climate trends in the mountains, and the impacts of climate change on alpine plants.

August 16: NH Audubon Society: Peregrine Nesting and American Pipits
Chris Martin, senior biologist with the NH Audubon Society will discuss his work with Peregrine Falcons and the American Pipit. Since 1981, NH Audubon and dedicated volunteers have worked to advance Peregrine Falcon population recovery. From a single cliff-nesting pair that fledged two chicks in Franconia Notch in 1981 to 19 breeding pairs that produced a record-high 35 chicks in 2010, NH Audubon observers have been there for over 30 years. In addition to the current status of Peregrines in New Hampshire, Chris will speak about a new study ramping up examining American Pipits in the alpine zone of the White Mountains.


Will Broussard, Outreach Coordinator
(603) 356-2137, ext. 211

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