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Bird-Focused Habitat Management Workshop on September 26

woodcock resized, jeff nadlerAllegany region forest landowners are invited to register for a free wildlife habitat workshop on Saturday, September 26th, 2015.  It will take place at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) office at Little Valley Maintenance Center, 5191 Route 353 Little Valley, NY 14755.

Participants will learn about bird and wildlife-friendly management techniques for their property that benefit young and mature forest birds, such as American Woodcock, Cerulean Warblers, and Wood Thrushes.

This workshop brings landowners together with experts on wildlife and forest management. Participating landowners will hear from a series of presenters about wildlife they can attract and sustain through proper habitat management, and where they can find resources, tools and potential partners to help them plan for managing habitat to benefit wildlife on their property. Presentations will be made by Audubon New York, NYS DEC, Jamestown Audubon, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The presentations will be followed by lunch and visits to forests that have been actively managed to improve habitat and forest health. This will allow participants to see quality young and mature forest habitat and learn about restoring habitat to meet the needs of declining bird species dependent on these habitat types. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars to view birds while visiting these sites.

Please register by Monday, September 21 by emailing Suzanne Treyger at streyger@audubon.org or call (607) 254-2122. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration and refreshments. The workshop is from 9 – 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a field trip to view forest habitat from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Audubon New York is the state’s leading voice for the conservation and protection of natural resources for birds. Integrating science, conservation, policy and education, Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitat for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. With 50,000 members and 27 affiliated chapters state-wide, Audubon New York oversees seven sanctuaries and centers, from Long Island to western New York, and protects priority habitats, including more than 130 Important Bird Areas identified as critical for the conservation of birds.

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