AMAS fall program, Common Nighthawks

Female Nighthawk with her chicks. Photo by Pam Hunt.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Longtime residents of the Connecticut River Valley may remember the foraging flights of Common Nighthawks over our towns and villages. Sadly, few if any Common Nighthawks are seen routinely anymore on summer evenings. The Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas conducted in 2003 to 2007 found a 91 percent loss from the 1976-1981 atlas. One of the reasons for the decline in breeding birds was “loss of preferred nesting areas, especially gravel on flat-roofed buildings.”

Despite this grim news, all is not lost. Common Nighthawks may be seen as they migrate south through the Connecticut River Valley in August and September. What can we do to bring the Common Nighthawks back to the Connecticut River Valley as breeding birds? Come to the Springfield UU and hear New Hampshire Audubon’s Becky Suomala Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. to find out!

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