"Project Nighthawk" Volunteer Training

Harris Center for Conservation Education & NH Audubon



High Adventure




About the Event

Nighthawks were once common in cities throughout New Hampshire, where they nested on gravel roofs and fed on insects attracted to city lights. In recent years, these acrobatic birds have disappeared from many New Hampshire towns, but they still nest in Keene, Concord, and a handful of other places in the Granite State. Help keep track of this charismatic endangered species by monitoring nighthawks this summer!

To volunteer with Project Nighthawk, attend this online training with Becky Suomala (NH Audubon) and Brett Amy Thelen (Harris Center). We’ll provide an introduction to nighthawk identification and ecology, and offer tips for nighthawk watching — including where to scout for them in the twilight skies. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Closed captioning will be available.

Co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education, NH Audubon, and Keene State College.

Youth Instructions

The training is open to all ages. Youth volunteers are welcome on monitoring nights, but must be accompanied by an adult.


Contact Brett Thelen at or 603-525-3394.