eNews : February 2017
Helping Farmers Through the Drought
Photo of Bruce Bickford of Abenaki Springs Farm A unique opportunity to give grants to farms in need

The summer of 2016 was difficult for farmers throughout southern New Hampshire. Bruce Bickford, farmer-owner at Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole, knows this all too well. The farm's sprinkler system, which runs off of groundwater, completely dried up a few months into the growing season. The vegetable farm had a very hard time...

"Surely as cometh the Winter, I know / There are Spring violets under the snow."  - R.H. Newell
Observing the Changes in the Seasons
Drawing of trees by Francie Fleck Yeager
8 tips for fun with pen and paper
 
Nature journaling unlocks creativity; hones observation skills; provides a window into the past; and is the data collection backbone of the scientific process -- all while reinforcing important record-keeping skills such as reading, writing and drawing. Whether you are a teacher, grandparent, parent or just interested in a new hobby, here are some tips to help you get started.

Time to Feather the Nest
Photo of a bald eagle and nest by Murray Foubister
Bald eagles are early breeders

Did you know that in the 1990s New Hampshire had only one pair of nesting eagles? This year 30 or more pairs are likely, including some along the Connecticut River, where they are already building or improving nests. Some may have even laid their eggs. Check out this amazing wildlife cam that gives you a close-up view of an eagle incubating an egg.

Discover Hewes Hill
Photo of landscape view from Hewes Hill by Jennifer Zaso
Come for a hike and warm up with some hot chocolate

Join us Saturday, February 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., for a 1.8-mile round-trip snowshoe along a forested trail to the top of Hewes Hill at Tippin Rock Farm in Swanzey. There you'll enjoy stunning views. End the trek with a treat of hot chocolate and cider donuts.

Photo of Ryan Owens
We recently hosted an ice-fishing event in Jaffrey. It was a great time -- hiking, fishing and helping everyone learn how to catch a fish, including some very excited kiddos. My son, Henry, was especially thrilled to have time playing with other kids and to reel in a largemouth bass.
 
I hope you'll join us at some of our events this year. As we plan for upcoming events, what would you like to attend? I look forward to hearing your ideas.

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103
Ryan@MonadnockConservancy.org

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