AUBURN — Winter is a season for outdoor activities and also welcoming many birds to the backyard feeder.
The New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center is giving visitors opportunities to enjoy the chilly weather and also count their favorite winter birds.
The center at 26 Audubon Way in Auburn hosts a long list of winter activities. The following are a few events for the season:
— Snowshoe rentals are available at the Audubon Center for use on the area's trails. Cost is $8 for Audubon members/$10 for nonmembers. Call ahead to check trail conditions at 603-668-2045
— A painting and printing exhibit is offered through Feb. 6. This is a free exhibit and features works by area artists Elaine Farmer, Patty Mynczywor, Hannah Phelps and Gisele Thompson.
— A winter survival program is offered Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and led by Jake King, director of Thrive Outdoors. Class will cover the basics of winter survival and includes proper gear and clothing care, cold concerns, mindset and shelter building. Participants will learn what to do to prepare, how to stay warm, and how to build the best shelters. Cost is $25 for individual member/$30 for nonmembers; $60 for member families and $75 for nonmember families. Program is for ages 9 and older. Advance registration required by calling 603-668-2045 or visit nhaudubon.org.
— New Hampshire Audubon's annual winter bird survey takes place Feb. 8 and 9. Anyone can participate by counting the birds in their own backyard on survey weekend and sending the results on a special reporting form or online. Visit nhaudubon.org for details or to receive a packet in the mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-224-9909.
— A full moon hike is Feb. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. Join Jake King of Thrive Outdoors for a hike to Battery Point. Enjoy a campfire, cocoa and marshmallows and use a telescope to view the moon and stars. Bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair. Register by calling 603-668-2045 or visit nhaudubon.org.
— A program, "Romantic Habits of Animals" is Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn about the courtship behaviors of some native animals. Program is led by birder Kelly Dwyer. Program is for adults, call to register at 603-668-2045 or at nhaudubon.org.
— An animal tracking workshop is Feb. 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Led by naturalist Angie Krysiak. Dress for the weather. All ages welcome. Call 603-668-2045 or visit nhaudubon.org.