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Free Outdoor Adventure Talks at N.H. Fish and Game

CONCORD, N.H. -- Get inspired for outdoor adventures this  year at a series of Wednesday evening talks taking place from March 20 through  May 8, 2013, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive,  Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.   The talks start at 7 p.m.   Admission is free. The series includes a range of topics on New  Hampshire wildlife and outdoor recreation. In honor of the Nongame and  Endangered Wildlife Program's 25th anniversary observance this year, several of  the talks explore efforts to restore endangered and threatened wildlife:

March 20, 2013: New Hampshire Raptors   Come look into the eyes of a barred owl at a talk by  Kevin Wall of New Hampshire Audubon. Learn to distinguish the different raptor  species that call New Hampshire home. Explore the unique role these predators  play in our ecosystem and conservation efforts underway that have helped  increase and stabilize the state's raptor populations. This talk is a great  chance to get up close and personal with these amazing birds of prey.

March 27, 2013: Beginner's Guide to Turkey Hunting   Discover the time-honored tradition of spring turkey  hunting the New Hampshire in this talk by New Hampshire Hunting Guide and  experienced turkey hunter John Asseng. This talk will focus on the beginner  turkey hunter, covering hunting gear, turkey ID, and basic calls needed for you  to take your first bird. A must for first-time turkey hunters! New Hampshire's  spring gobbler season runs from May 3-31, with the youth turkey hunting weekend  set for April 27-28, 2013.

April 3, 2013: Restoring New Hampshire's Brook Trout Habitat   Eastern brook trout are one of New Hampshire's most  prized native fish, but they are threatened by disappearing habitat, rising  temperatures, changing water quality and disconnection from spawning habitat.  In this talk by Fisheries Habitat Biologist John Magee, you'll learn about the  work Fish and Game biologists, volunteers and concerned anglers are doing to  improve habitat for New Hampshire's most beloved fish, work that will benefit  all anglers and anyone that cares about clean water.

April 10, 2013: Selecting a Kayak or Canoe   Learn how to choose the right canoe or kayak for your  next adventure. With the many choices in paddle-craft available today, suited  for every kind of use, it's not always easy to know what kind of kayak or canoe  is right for you.  This talk will assist in narrowing the selection down  to what will be best for your usage, expectations and budget.

April 17, 2013 - Kayak Camping Learn how to properly pack a kayak, and what food and  gear to bring along. Hear about exciting kayaking destinations close to home. This  talk will cover coastal, inland and river kayak camping. Presenter Chuck Joy is the New  England representative for several kayak brands, including Astral Buoyancy,  Liquidlogic, Native Watercraft and Hurricane Kayaks. He grew up boating on  the waters of Boston Harbor and discovered whitewater in his mid-twenties. In  his free time, you'll find Chuck on the water or in the woods of New Hampshire.

April 24, 2013 - Black Racers and Blandings   If turtles and snakes fascinate you, join N.H. Fish and  Game Nongame biologists Mike Marchand, Brendan Clifford and Loren Valliere to  learn about the amazing diversity of reptiles and amphibians in New Hampshire.  This is the time of year when many reptiles and amphibians are emerging from  their winter slumber and traveling to breeding grounds or simply basking in the  sun. Hear about current research being done on Blanding's turtles and black  racer snakes, try out equipment biologists use in the field, and learn what you  can do to help biologists monitor these amazing creatures!

May 1, 2013 - Road to Recovery - New England Cottontails/Karner  blue butterflies   Join N.H. Fish and Game Nongame biologists Heidi Holman  and Brett Ferry to learn about what it takes to ensure rare species remain a  part of New Hampshire's wildlife diversity.   This talk is a great chance to hear firsthand from biologists involved  in current efforts to restore populations of Karner blue butterflies and New  England cottontails and their habitats.

May 8, 2013 - Mosquito Eaters: Bats and Dragonflies   Did you know that New Hampshire has eight different  species of bats? Learn which species are most at risk of disappearing forever  from our skies because of White Nose Syndrome and what you can do to help. Also  at this talk, learn about a statewide effort to document New Hampshire's  diverse dragonflies. N.H. Fish and Game Nongame biologist Emily Preston  Brunkhurst and NH Audubon biologist Pam Hunt team up to present a fascinating  look at the bats and dazzling dragonflies many of us have right in our own  backyards.

Taken from the NH Fish and Game website

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