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Managing Grasslands for Success
July 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Providing habitat for grassland birds
Grab your binoculars and come take a walk with the Georges River Land Trust and the Ag Allies program for a free grassland management talk on Wednesday July 7th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (rain date: Thursday July 8, same time) at the Riverview Hayfields Preserve in South Thomaston.
To register, call Georges River Land Trust (594-5166) or email Annette with this in the subject line: Grasslands Workshop.
The workshop will cover practices for improving and managing grasslands for bird habitat, forage production and even pollinators! If you are interested in revitalizing an old field to improve grassland habitat, this workshop is the place to get advice on starting that process. We will also discuss the life history of our steeply declining grassland bird species and conservation practices that can be implemented to help them. The most exciting part is that the timing of this workshop will allow participants to view grassland bird nesting behaviors and the first flights of fledgling Bobolinks and Savannah sparrows at the Riverview Hayfields Preserve.
Since 2016, Ag Allies, hosted by Somerset County SWCD, has worked with land trusts and landowners statewide to increase the nesting success of grassland birds using incentive payments, technical assistance, and education. The program empowers landowners to make sustainable, bird-friendly management changes on their land and improve the chance for nesting success of grassland birds in Maine. The Land Trust is excited to join with Ag Allies to highlight the importance of our beautiful grasslands for their bird habitat values, agricultural importance as well as their bucolic qualities. Here’s where you can learn more about this partnership.