Unlike our public and school programs, Special Events
only happen a few times a year. They are usually much larger in scale
and showcase live animals and guest speakers. You don't want to miss these
events. They are lots of fun for all ages. Check back often to catch our
next Special Event!
Amoskeag Fishways Spring Programs
Celebrate the 2015 Fish Season!
The Amoskeag Fishways celebrates the 2015 fish migration season May 4th through June 20th. This season is especially meaningful as it is our 20th year of the Amoskeag Fishways Partnership.
We honor and appreciate our successful and diverse partnership with Eversource, New Hampshire Audubon, New Hampshire Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
2015 Fish Festival
Line up and cheer on biologists when they deliver fish to stock our fish ladder at 10am. Our fish passage is open but the wild anadromous species have yet to swim up the Merrimack River.
While we wait, the stocked fish will be in the ladder for up close and personal underwater viewing. Fish crafts, fish hats, fish games and fish fun will follow fish stocking!
At 1pm, NH Fish and Game biologist, Matt Carpenter, will give a special River Herring Restoration talk in celebration of our 20 year partnership with Fish and Game.
All about River Raptors
Everyone is noticing all kinds of raptors flying over the Merrimack River. Falcons, eagles and hawks have become a common sight in the Manchester city landscape that we love.
What are they doing in the city? Where are they nesting and raising young? We will answer these questions and more by bird watching, viewing a slide show, participating in fun bird activities
and viewing a raptor up close. One of NH Audubon's educators will be on hand with a live bird to answer your raptor questions. Let's celebrate the recovery of raptors in NH and our 20 years of
partnership with NH Audubon. NHA staff and members work tirelessly to protect and conserve river raptors everywhere!
Family Fish Celebration and Tour Day
This year is the 20th anniversary of our fabulous Amoskeag Fishways partnership with Eversource, NH Audubon, NH Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service!
Celebrate with us by going on a tour with your family to learn all about our fish ladder, the history of the Amoskeag area, and the unique fish restoration in the Merrimack River.
It will be a day filled with NH fish facts, fish lore, fishy games and activities.
Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
The slimy and incredible sea lamprey returns! Hold a live three foot long sea lamprey! Lamprey are the coolest and most ancient fish in the Merrimack River.
What is so special about them? How are they different from American eels, for which they are often mistaken? Get sucked into the fun at this unique event as we discover and
compare the fascinating life cycles of these two amazing fish. A big thank you goes out to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for assisting with this program. Let's honor 20
years of partnership with our friends at the FWS by celebrating these under-appreciated animals!
Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey
Tom Ricardi and his spectacular birds of prey will be our guests. A diverse group of raptors which includes a very playful turkey vulture and a beautiful
golden eagle will be some of the birds on hand for close-up viewing! Learn about the great work done by Tom's organization, the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility,
which cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive breeding program. For all ages!
Chimney Swift Watches
Did you know that we have a recovering population of chimney swifts right in downtown Manchester? These amazing birds migrate to our city from South America
each spring to build nests and raise young in, you guessed it... chimneys! We will cover the natural history and unique story of this insectivore at the center before we go out
to explore a confirmed nest site. Binoculars encouraged.
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