Grab your binoculars this spring and join us for a grassland bird blitz!
Here is your chance to help put grassland bird “hotspots” on the map of
the Upper Valley.
This spring and summer the "Upper Valley Grassland Bird Conservation
Project" will be scouring fields and farms for grassland birds, and we
need your help. We need people to make morning stops along roadsides,
looking and listening for just a few grassland bird species. Easy to
learn, easy to do.
The information you collect will allow us to identify key grassland
habitats in the region. Then, the following year, we will provide
willing landowners in key areas with management tools to improve the
quality of their open lands for grassland birds. What’s more, some sites
were surveyed in the late 1990s by Massachusetts Audubon and its
partners, and this survey, 15 years later, will show how changes on the
land have affected the grassland bird community.
Surveys can be conducted any day in good weather conditions from mid-May
through early July, in the mornings (5:30 - 9:30am). Volunteers are
welcome to visit as many sites as they wish.
Help us create more quality habitat for our grassland birds! For more
information, please contact Jamie Sydoriak at [log in to unmask]
The Upper Valley Grassland Bird Conservation Project is a partnership of
the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, New Hampshire Audubon, and Plymouth
- Rosalind Renfrew
Vermont Center for Ecostudies