Bird Mist Netting Demonstration and Wildlife Walk at Distant Hills Gardens

WALPOLE, N.H. – You are invited to a ‘Bird Mist Netting Demonstration & Shrubland Wildlife Walk’ at Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail, at 507 March Hill Road in Walpole on Wednesday, June 5 from 4 – 6 p.m. Leading the event will be Matt Tarr, a UNH associate professor of wildlife and conservation biology, and Extension educator.

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A male Chestnut-sided warbler singing in a dense stand of young seedlings we are letting grow here at Distant Hill Gardens.

Matt and a group of UNH graduate students have been studying the shrublands beneath electric transmission lines in New Hampshire and Maine with the hope of better understanding the use of this increasingly rare habitat by songbirds and other wildlife.

The research team will be setting up mist nets in the shrub lands at Distant Hill to demonstrate how they used this important monitoring tool to determine the diversity and relative abundance of songbirds using the transmission line corridors. You will also learn about the various methods available to researchers to sample other forms of wildlife in this critical habitat, such as the use of coverboards to estimate reptile and terrestrial amphibian populations.

There is no charge for the event, but there is a suggested donaton for the ‘Distant Hill Nature Trail Fund’ to help make Distant Hill more accessible to all.

For more information visit www.distanthill.org. Rain date is on Wednesday, June 12 from 4 – 6 p.m.

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