Spring seems late this year, but by this weekend there should be many new migratory songbirds in the woods. Everyone is invited to explore a stretch of the Ham Branch in Franconia this Saturday, May 10 to look for birds and other wildlife.
After the bird walk, a presentation will be offered on a new project to protect and restore habitat for eastern brook trout, New Hampshire’s native trout. The project is focused on the Ham Branch in Easton and Franconia, and the Salmon Hole Brook in Sugar Hill and Lisbon.
Both events are sponsored by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, and are graciously hosted by ACT members Jane and Ned Brewer. The walk will start at the Brewer’s home at 71 Ridge Road in Franconia. From Bickford Hill Road, turn onto Ridge Road and the house is the first on the left. The bird walk is from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Bagels and coffee will be served. The trout presentation will be at 9 a.m.
Collaborating with ACT on the brook trout project are NH Fish & Game, the Ammonoosuc chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Plymouth State University. On Saturday, students from PSU will describe work they plan to do this summer as interns for the project.