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For the Birds! Grassland Habitat Walk & Talk
June 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Come take a walk through a thriving bobolink habitat that was conserved last year with the help of our members! Loss of grassland habitat is a major factor in the steep population decline of grassland birds such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and savannah sparrows. Additionally, common field mowing practices often result in total nest failure of these birds. Consequently, the “State of the Birds Report,” released by the US Secretary of the Interior, placed bobolinks on the 2014 watchlist of birds most in need of conservation help. Conservation mowing practices are timed to preserve nesting sites and reduce grassland bird mortality. Laura Suomi-Lecker, Technical Director for Somerset County SWCD, and education and outreach coordinator for Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, will discuss the needs and issues facing grassland birds and best management practices to help them, whether you live on a suburban lot or have acres out in the country.
Organized in cooperation with Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District. This event is free and open to the public.