“Meet the Mountain Day 2016” on April 23 was a great success. MERE and event partners had the chance to interact with several hundred park visitors throughout the day. With the wonderful weather, many participants summited Mt. Monadnock and spoke with Jennifer Dickinson, a MERE summit steward. Peter Palmiotto, AUNE professor and MERE director led an enthusiastic group of hikers to the summit. Many visitors stopped by to check out informational tables and activities at the base of the mountain before and after their hikes.
The most popular activity was learning about the live hawks. Diane Welch, a licensed falconer with the Massachusetts Falconry and Hawk Trust, along with Rita Tulloh, a licensed falconer with the New Hampshire Falconers Association, educated visitors about birds of prey with the help of their two red-tail hawks.
The event was a great way to kick off the hiking season as it offered visitors a variety of opportunities to learn about, and gain a greater appreciation for the mountain and its natural resources.
Meet the Mountain Day was possible thanks to the support and involvement from partners including Antioch University New England, Community Garden Connections, Eastern Mountain Sports, falconers Diane Welch and Rita Tulloh, Monadnock State Park, the Center For Tropical Ecology and Conservation, the Monadnock Food Co-op, and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.