Squam Lakes Science Center enjoyed successful 2013 season
By LARISSA MULKERN
Special to the Union Leader | November 28. 2013 7:26PM
“The collection of native animals that we have here is like nothing else in New Hampshire,” said Executive Director Iain MacLeod. The center’s Gephart Exhibit Trail introduces visitors — up close and personal — to native wildlife such as mountain lions, a bobcat, gray and red foxes, owls, eagles, and black bears.
Other popular attractions at the center this past year were the live river otter feeding and mountain lion feeding and training exhibits.
The center’s Project OspreyTrack, led by MacLeod and colleague Dr. Richard O. (Rob) Bierregaard of the University of North Carolina, also brought welcomed attention to the center.
Project OspreyTrack allows researchers and the public to follow New Hampshire ospreys as they migrate to South America. This year, three ospreys, two male juveniles and an adult male, were equipped with GPS enabled satellite tracking devices that allow researchers to track routes of travel, altitude and location.
“We’re so pleased that so many people got outside to experience nature at the Science Center. It’s a testament to our programs, our staff and volunteers and our facility that we have gained such a great reputation as a unique attraction in New Hampshire,” said MacLeod.
The center is the only northern New England institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.