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Photo: State of Texas
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location 03431
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Clipboard
Pen or Pencil
Binoculars (optional)


Project Nighthawk


Most active at dusk and dawn, the “peent” call of the Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) was once a familiar sound in cities and towns throughout New Hampshire, where they nest on flat, peastone gravel roofs and feed on insects attracted to city lights. In recent years, rubber and PVC have largely replaced peastone roofing, and nesting nighthawks have disappeared from many New Hampshire towns; in the few towns where they remain (including Keene!), their numbers have dramatically declined.

In partnership with New Hampshire Audubon and in efforts to conserve this state-threatened species, AVEO coordinates volunteer nighthawk surveys on summer evenings in Keene.




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