Thursday, September 1, 2011


Local birders and would-be birders are invited to join Alan McIntyre, coordinator of Proctor Academy’s Environmental Program, on a birding walk along Andover’s Northern Rail Trail on Sunday, September 25, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rail Trail in Merrimack County, the walk will begin and end in the parking lot beside Carr Field on Main Street in Andover.  The lot provides easy access to the trail, which in turn provides easy access to several spots where a variety of birds are often found.   Recent sightings include Indigo Buntings, Eastern Bluebirds, Blue and White Warblers (as well as other warblers), Tree Swallows, Great Blue Herons and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

The walk is free and does not require advance registration.  Sturdy shoes are advised.  Bring binoculars if possible; several pairs will also be on hand for loan.  Bad weather may cause cancellation.  Call 603-735-5021 to confirm.

A veteran birder, McIntyre is a former program director for the Audubon Society of New Hampshire’s Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia.  At Proctor he teaches courses in biology and advanced-placement environmental science, coaches the Fall Community Service team, advises the Proctor Environmental Action Club and is a dorm parent of Eco-Dorm.

For more information about the Northern Rail Trail please visit