Guided Birdwatching Hike

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LRCT Guided Hikes & Paddles 

Knights Pond Guided Birdwatching Hike

Saturday, May 22nd 2021

Join us for a guided birdwatching hike around one of the Lake’s Regions most pristine and unique ecological areas, Knight’s Pond.

This 31-acre crystal-clear pond, surrounded by 307 acres of conserved land, was part of a multi-year land protection project in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It is now one of the only large water bodies in the Lakes Region without any development along its shoreline. Formed by glacial erosion, the blend of steep rock drumlin cliffside and wetland beaver habitat provides a multitude of natural communities to explore.

Lakes Region Conservation Trust Trustee Rhys Bowen will lead this easy/moderate 2.8-mile hike around the pond alongside LRCT Stewardship Director Dave Mallard. Together they will share their vast bird knowledge as you listen and look for birds during their spring migration.

Details: This outing will start at 9am. We will walk 0.4 miles up an old road, eventually meeting the main blue trail that follows the circumference of the pond. We will then be keeping our eyes and ears open for various birds as we hike around the 2-mile loop. We will return to the parking lot by approximately 12noon. We ask that participants plan to arrive by 8:45am to register and prepare for the hike. Please note that the cell phone reception in the area is spotty at best.

Directions:

From Alton: From the traffic circle junction of NH-28 and 11, go 7.5 miles north on NH-28 and turn right onto Rines Road. Follow Rines Road for 1.1 miles. Bear left at the fork and continue for 0.5 miles, then turn left again onto the road to Knights Pond (sign and gate).

From Wolfeboro: From the blinker at the corner in South Wolfeboro, go south for 1.6 miles and turn left onto Rines Road. Follow Rines Road for 1.1 miles. Bear left at the fork and continue for 0.5 miles, then turn left again onto the road to Knights Pond (sign and gate).

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/3BEEZ9jFk1nt17XFA

Cost: All LRCT guided hikes are free, but registration is required.

Bring/Wear: We ask that participants wear sturdy waterproof footwear for uneven terrain. Bring water and snacks, and dress appropriately for the weather. You may consider bringing insect repellent and sunscreen. Binoculars are recommended for viewing birds. Please bring a mask for when we are unable to socially distance ourselves.

Cancellation/Postponement: In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified of a cancellation and rain date via email.

Registration: Participation will be limited to 10 LRCT members.

If interested, please send the following information to LRCT Administrative Coordinator Micaelie O’Hare at mohare@lrct.org.

  • The Guided Hike or Paddle you are signing up for
  • Name (First and Last)
  • Cellphone Number
  • Whether or not you are a LRCT member

You are allowed to sign up one additional member. If you would like to sign up more than one additional person, please call the office at (603)253-3301 and we can see if we can accommodate you.

We ask that if you sign up please plan on attending the event. Because space is limited, please notify Micaelie or call the office at (603)253-3301 three days prior to the event if you are unable to attend so that we are able to extend the opportunity to others. Thank you!