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Saturday, August 9, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

North Country Birding Trip to Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is known as a "crown jewel" of New Hampshire's landscape. Located between Twin Mountain and Jefferson, beneath the mountains north of the Presidential Range, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge and its ponds, wetlands and forests host a wide variety of significant ecological features and natural communities. Join Iain MacLeod for an all-day birding adventure at Pondicherry for you and up to four guests. Lunch is included.
Birding is best in May or June.
Buy it now:  $1,250

Osprey Satellite Tagging Expedition
Join Iain MacLeod and Dr. Richard O. Bierregaard, a distinguished visiting research professor at the department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, for a unique opportunity to participate in a research and education project focused on tracking the international migrations of nesting Ospreys. Travel to a New Hampshire location where a lightweight, solar powered, satellite transmitter will be attached to the back of an adult male Osprey to allow for near real-time tracking of the bird as it migrates from its nest in New Hampshire to South America and back. Watch the whole trapping operation, handle the Osprey, and see the careful attachment of the backpack harness. This is a once in a life-time opportunity.
Buy it now:  $1,000

Breakfast with the Bears
Join a Science Center Naturalist for a private Breakfast with our Bears for up to 10 guests. You will meet at the Welcome Center and walk to the Black Bear Exhibit where we will enjoy a continental breakfast in the Black Bear Exhibit by the viewing windows. You will prepare some ‘bear burritos’ to be hidden in the bear enclosure by our Animal Care staff. Our Naturalist and Animal Care staff will also be on hand to discuss the black bears’ diet and answer your questions.
Buy it now:  $ 500

Cocktail Cruise on Squam with a Science Center Naturalist 
Enjoy a cocktail cruise on Squam Lake for up to 12 guests aboard one of the Science Center’s pontoon boats guided by a Science Center Naturalist. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided. The focus of the cruise will be the natural history and ecology of Squam Lake and the creatures that make it their home. 
Buy it now: $1,000

Wild Winter Walk with Snowshoes
Offer your friends and family a private, guided tour of the Live Animal Exhibit Trail in winter while the animals are wearing their beautiful winter coats.  Bring up to 12 guests to enjoy a special opportunity to ask questions and learn all about our animals and their winter lives directly from one of our staff Naturalists. Warm up afterward with cocoa and cookies.
Buy it now: $ 500

Garden Tour with Wine and Cheese
Invite up to 20 guests for a private tour of Kirkwood Gardens by Garden Manager Brenda Erler and Honorary Trustee George Carr. Your tour will be followed by a private wine and cheese party on the terrace.
Buy it now: $750

Private Behind the Scenes Tour
Enjoy a look behind the scenes during a private tour of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center facilities. View the animal care staff providing enrichment for our Mountain Lions. For up to eight guests.
Buy it now: $ 500

Winter Bald Eagle Tour
Join Iain MacLeod for a private half-day tour for up to five people around the Lakes Region looking for Bald Eagles. All adult eagles in the twelve or so pairs that nest in the Lakes Region stick around for winter and can be viewed – if you know where to look – all winter long. Iain regularly checks on several of these birds and knows the best locations to see them. You’ll see waterfowl and other birds and wildlife, too.
Buy it now: $ 500

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