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Project Nighthawk

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Presented By Harris Center for Conservation Education
Goal monitor the state-endangered Common Nighthawk in Keene, NH
Task observe Common Nighthawks in downtown Keene
Where Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States of America 03431 03431

The call of the Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) was once a familiar sound in cities and towns throughout New Hampshire, where they nested on flat, peastone gravel roofs and fed on insects attracted to city lights. In recent years, nesting nighthawks have disappeared from many New Hampshire towns; in the few places where they remain (including Keene), their numbers have dramatically declined. Biologists are now trying to determine the cause for this precipitous decline.

In partnership with New Hampshire Audubon and in efforts to conserve this state-threatened species, the Harris Center for Conservation Education coordinates volunteer nighthawk surveys on summer evenings in Keene.

Project Timing evenings from late May through early August
Social Media
Materials List walkie-talkies (optional), binoculars, clipboard
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At night
Training Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags birds, birdwatching, bird watching, endangered species, evening, keene, new hampshire, nighthawk, summer, urban wildlife
Project Updated 05/23/2018