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The North Country Chorus is proud to announce the start of itsspring concert season. Re-hearsals began on Tuesday, Jan-uary 29th at the Wells River Congregational Church in WellsRiver, VT.This season's program will fea-ture a Dvorak's Mass in D.The North Country Chorus,under the leadership of MusicalDirector Alan Rowe, is a com-munity chorus of about 80 mem- bers serving the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont.The Chorus typically presentstwo series of concerts each year as well as three nights of Madri-gal Dinners in January.Performances during the Christ-mas season and in the spring fea-ture mostly sacred works.The chorus welcomes all singerswho are willing to commit to itsstandards of attendance and mu-sical excellence. New membersare invited to join the groupthrough February 12.Anyone interested in joiningshould contact Alan Rowe, Mu-sical Director, at 802-748-5027.To learn more about the NorthCountry Chorus visitwww.northcountrychorus.org N.H. Audubon Needs Your Helpon Statewide Bird Survey!Stock up those bird feeders anddig out your binoculars for NewHampshire Audubon’s BackyardWinter Bird Survey. This annualstatewide survey will take placeon Saturday, February 9, andSunday, February 10. Biologistsneed assistance from citizens allover the Granite State to get aclear picture of what’s reallyhappening with our winter birds.Anyone can participate in theBackyard Winter Bird Survey bycounting the birds in their own backyard on the survey weekendand reporting on-line or sendingthe results on a special reportingform to NH Audubon. To receivea copy of the reporting form andcomplete instructions on how to participate, send a self-ad-dressed, stamped, long envelopeto: New Hampshire Audubon, Win-ter Bird Survey- 84 Silk FarmRoad, Concord, NH 03301Forms are also available at NHAudubon centers in Auburn,Concord and Manchester, andon-line. Find more informationabout the survey atwww.nhaudubon.org under theBirding page.Data from the Backyard Winter Bird Survey is used to track changes in the distribution andabundance of many species.Each year about 1,300 observersacross the state count the birdscoming to their feeders. “Thestrength of the survey is that wecan look at trends over the longterm,” says Survey Coordinator,Rebecca Suomala. “We nowhave more than 25 years of dataand we can see the patterns of ups and downs in different birdspecies.”Last year, there were recordnumbers of Red-bellied Wood- peckers and near record CarolinaWrens, both southern speciesthat have expanded their rangesnorthward and are now commonon the Survey. Eastern Bluebirdsand American Robins were alsotallied in record numbers. “TheSurvey numbers show these twospecies increasing since 1997.They used to be harbingers of spring but are now increasinglyfound all winter, feeding onfruit” says Suomala. There were74 species were recorded overallin 2012. “This year we are ex- pecting high numbers of Com-mon Redpolls, a northern finchthat tends to invade New Hamp-shire every other winter,” ac-cording to Dr. Pamela Hunt,Senior Biologist at NHAudubon. Hunt also suggests people watch for Pine Gros- beaks, another periodic winter visitor that feeds on fruit and has been reported in many areas of the state this fall and early win-ter Reports of a lack of birds are justas valuable as reports of many birds. “If everyone reported onlywhen they have a lot of birds, wewouldn’t be able to see the de-clines,” says Suomala. The mostimportant thing is to participateeach year regardless of howmany or how few birds youhave. This provides a consistentlong-term set of data that shows both the ups and downs.All New Hampshire residentsare encouraged to take part. Re-sults from past years are on the NH Audubon web site. For moreinformation about the BackyardWinter Bird Survey, please call NH Audubon at 224-9909 or goto the web site atwww.nhaudubon.org and click on Birding. Note: There are two bird surveysin February. NH Audubon’sBackyard Winter Bird Surveythat takes place in New Hamp-shire only, and the Great Back-yard Bird Count, a nation-wideweb-based survey on February17-20, 2012;www.birdcount.org.For information on New Hamp-shire Audubon, including mem- bership, volunteering, programs,sanctuaries, and publications,call 224-9909, or visitwww.nhaudubon.org.The Campton Historical SocietyPresents:Pot Luck, Popcorn, anda Free Flick, showing…DIRTYROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, star-ring Steve Martin and MichaelCaine; 1988, PG, 110 min.Friday, February 8th. 5:30 will be the Pot Luck Dinner, 6:30Movie at the Campton HistoricalSociety in The Old Town Hall inCampton , 529 NH Route 175 inCampton. (Old Town Hall, Rt.175, North of Blair Bridge Rd.)www.camptonhistorical.org.For the Pot Luck Dinner, please bring one of the following- soup, bread, salad, main dish, dessert,or non-alcoholic drinks.In case of inclement weather or for more info, call 726-3081.The Old Town Hall is handicapaccessible, and open to the pub-lic.