UNH Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the NH Tree Farm Program are offering a series of workshops focusing on forestry and wildlife this spring. These programs will begin at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth. Two workshops will focus on New Hampshire wildlife species, critical habitats, and habitat management for species in need.
Creating habitat for wildlife species in need – shrublands and young forests
Friday, June 16, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Learn about how forest openings can improve the diversity of our forests and create high quality habitats. Join us as we use mist nets to capture birds to learn about their habitat needs.
Impenetrable and dense, shrublands and young regrowing forests are often ignored and undervalued by people. For some species of wildlife, such as American woodcock and ruffed grouse, shrublands provide the best possible cover. The shrubs and young trees growing in these areas also provide an abundance of berries and fruit, eaten by many different birds and mammals. As our forests have grown and matured, these young, ephemeral habitats have declined and so has much of the wildlife that depend upon them.
Come and see how timber harvesting can be used to create shrubland and young forest habitats. We will visit an area of the Hemenway State Forest where several large openings were created in 2012 to see how the bird species are responding to this new habitat. Participants should bring binoculars for bird viewing.
Exploring some of NH’s Unique Habitats
Friday, June 30, 2017
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The statewide NH Wildlife Action Plan identifies 27 different habitats important to our state’s wildlife. Some of these are common, while others occur infrequently across the landscape. If you have looked at the NH Wildlife Action Plan maps, you have likely seen areas identified as floodplains, pine barrens etc. This is your chance to visit some of these unique habitats and learn more about them. Join us as we visit a floodplain forest, pitch pine barrens, grasslands, and a spruce bog to learn about these special places and the wildlife that depends on them.