This tour is for the birder and general audience alike. This trip progresses at a slow to moderate pace to look at the birds and also to observe the surrounding habitats, and signs of other wildlife. Whenever possible, herbs, shrubs, and tree identification will also enter the mix. This is a great trip for people with various levels and types of background to contribute or to soak up some of the knowledge being shared by others. If youngsters are included on this trip, time is taken to ensure they also gain some insight and experience with the fabulous offerings of Bear Brook State Park. At least 4 persons needed to run this tour. (Not available November to mid-May).
Trail Conditions: Trails are generally in excellent condition. Still, sturdy footwear is highly recommended for both comfort and protection. There is very little elevation gain on this trail so steepness is not much of a factor for walking. All participants are expected to be able to walk at a pace at least 1 mph.
What to Expect: Bugs: During this time of year, the blackflies and mosquitoes can be very challenging. Bug spray will be available for your use. Have long sleeve shirts and pants accessible. At rare times, a head net may be needed depending on your tolerance. Heat and humidity: Summer temperatures and humidity can run high. Be prepared by having layers of clothing that can be donned and removed to match your own comfort level. One can always expect the reality of field conditions to push one outside of their comfort level, either from bugs or from the weather. A light raincoat is recommended to layer against wind and/or rain exposure. Carry items in a backpack so you can hike hands-free.
Suggested Items to Bring: Map (I will provide a map on the tour), camera, binoculars, field guides, hat, appropriate footwear and clothing for the conditions, rain gear, drinking water, sunscreen. A backpack to carry your gear.
Focus: Northern New England birds in hardwoods, ponds, and wetlands
Season: Available May to October
Hike: 2.5 mile round-trip; Difficulty: Easy
Time: 3 hours
Size: 4-15 persons
Meetup Location: Enter the park from Rte. 28 in Allenstown. Proceed to park gate and pay entry fee ($4 Adult / $2 Child). Proceed on park road about 0.5 miles to Depot Rd. and park at end of Depot Rd. to meet and begin trip.