Purity Spring Resort Birdwatching Weekend with Phil Brown

Purity Spring Resort is proud to partner with Phil Brown of New Hampshire Audubon for the return of this popular and exciting package weekend! The weekend will focus on the amazing array of birds around Purity Spring Resort and the adjacent Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as other well-known and little-known locations around the Mount Washington Valley. Past birdwatching weekends have turned up 80-90 species of birds including 15+ species of warblers and several rare species of conservation concern.

June 21-23, 2019 – Purity Spring Resort Birdwatching Weekend with Phil Brown

Expert birder and naturalist, Phil Brown, will lead the program. Phil is a frequent field trip leader, tour guide, and lecturer, and has won several birding competitions, and is involved in many aspects of bird conservation, research, education, and habitat stewardship.

The weekend will begin Friday night with dinner and an introductory program including a slide show and talk focusing on the typical (and not so typical) bird species of the area, as well as a birdsong primer.

Saturday will be a full day of birding. The day will include an optional early-bird walk (remember, the early birder sees the birds!) at the Hoyt Sanctuary for warblers and other songbirds. We may then explore a nearby Audubon Sanctuary, where an array of unusual bog-nesting songbirds can be observed, and other hotspots in the Mt. Washington Valley, each with its own unique habitats and bird communities: grassland, forest, bog, river and lake. Some afternoon down time back at the Resort will follow, and then after a relaxing dinner, Phil will offer an optional “owl prowl” to wrap up the day in search of owls and other reclusive nocturnal species, such as whip-poor-will and common nighthawk, which are known to nest in the area.

Sunday will include a morning exploring the Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary followed by more optional paddling on Purity Lake. For 30 years Purity Lake has been a preferred nesting site for common loons, due to its serene location and floating bog mats. If they are nesting here this spring, we’ll hope to quietly observe these beautiful birds by boat from a safe distance.

Most walks will be short, but be prepared for between 1-3 miles of moderate terrain. Be prepared also for all types of weather and pesky bugs in places, the source of the area’s abundant bird life.

Max: 15 participants


Phil Brown is a lifelong bird enthusiast and trained naturalist who has traveled extensively in search of birds and natural places, but equally enjoys exploring close to home. He is a frequent field trip leader and instructor for NH Audubon, where he manages wildlife sanctuaries across the state. Phil has led many birding and nature tours from New England to the tropics for groups including Merlin Wildlife Tours, Holbrook Travel, NH Audubon, and the Hawk Migration Association of North America. As a frequent tour leader, Phil is Wilderness First Aid & CPR certified.

In addition to field trips and tours, Phil has instructed birding-themed courses for Road Scholar and Keene State College, among others. He has consulted on bird-related research projects for The Nature Conservancy and several local land trusts. He now coordinates the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory research and education project for the Harris Center for Conservation Education, where he is also leading a Young Birders Club.

Phil volunteers his time through coordinating two Christmas Bird Counts for National Audubon, runs an annual Breeding Bird Survey route for the USGS, and sits on various state and regional bird and wildlife committees. He is a winner of several birding competitions including NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding, Mass Audubon’s Superbowl of Birding, and NH Audubon’s Birdathon.

Phil is a graduate of Rutgers University in Natural Resource Management and has completed Master’s work in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. He resides in Hancock, NH with his wife, Julie, and their two young children, where they tend a peach orchard and steward 22 beautiful acres.


Sample Itinerary


  • Dinner at Purity Spring Resort
  • Post-dinner slideshow of New Hampshire’s birds and ‘birding by ear’ primer


  • Optional early morning bird walk
  • Breakfast at Purity Spring Resort
  • Visit Audubon wildlife sanctuaries and other little-known hotspots
  • Picnic lunch near facilities
  • Back to Purity Spring Resort for down time
  • Dinner at Purity Spring Resort
  • Post-dinner nocturnal birding in Ossipee Pine Barrens


  • Optional morning birding on premises
  • Breakfast at Purity Spring Resort
  • Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary birding walk
  • Canoes and kayaks on Purity Lake
  • Lunch on premises
  • Depart after lunch

Package for June 21-23, 2019  includes

  • 2 nights lodging in The Inn
  • Friday night dinner
  • Saturday - full country breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Sunday - full country breakfast, lunch
  • Common room in The Inn – downstairs
  • Use of all resort amenities
  • Service fee paid to our wait staff & housekeepers
  • 9 % state tax


$386.66   per person based on double occupancy, standard room

$481.17   per person based on single occupancy, standard room

$426.22   per person based on double occupancy, mini suite

Complimentary van and driver.