Date: 3/2/17 11:27 am From: Bettina Heffner <BettinaHef...> Subject: Lancaster Co. Bird Club mtg. , Thursday 3/9/17 at 7 pm. Speaker Ben Jones of PA Game Commission
The Lancaster County Bird Club will meet Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA.
Ben Jones, Chief of the PA Game Commission’s Habitat Division, will present a program titled “Fire’s Role in PA Ecosystems: History, Ecology, and Habitat Restoration.” As a natural influence, fire has played a major role in forming Pennsylvania’s wildlife habitats. A fire history study being undertaken by the Game Commission is revealing that fires burned frequently in our oak-pine forests long before European settlement. With the exclusion of fire over the past century, habitats are changing and many plants and animals that depend on fire have disappeared. Ben will discuss how prescribed fire is being used for habitat restoration and for the discovery of species hiding just under the surface awaiting fire’s return.
A short business meeting will precede the program. The public is invited to attend free of charge and may call 717-984-2738 or 717-393-2546 with questions. More information about the club can be found on its website at www.lancasterbirdclub.org<http://www.lancasterbirdclub.org/> and on Facebook @ Lancaster Bird Club.