Forestry for the Birds – 10 years later, did it work? 

Sunday, June 2, 7:30 am, Halifax

Do wildlife patch cuts really work?  Ten years after a six-acre patch was cleared to the ground using a brontosaurus-type forest mulcher with assistance from an EQIP grant, we’ll be looking for the birds that are supposed to be attracted to the fresh young growth that has sprung up.  WRWA toured this site in 2014, when the big mulching machine was still on-site, and again three years later to see the intense burst of fresh growth.  If you joined either of those tours, you will be amazed at the state of the young forest now.

We’re joining with the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society (SVAS) bright and early (7:30 am) since that’s when the birds we’re looking for are active.  You don’t need to be an experienced birder for this program.  SVAS will have a few pairs of binoculars to lend out, and their experts will help us identify the birds that we see and hear.  A representative from NRCS will also be there, to describe the EQIP co-funding program and other potential funding sources for people who are interested in creating a patch cut on their own land.  The program will last about two hours.

The size of the group will be capped, so please sign up in advance by clicking here.  (If the link doesn’t work, go to this web site:  Meet at the Todds, 273 Hatch School Road, Halifax at 7:30 on Sunday, June 2.  Questions?  Send us an email here (or type in the address: ).

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