Date: 11/10/17 5:29 pm From: 'Mona Bearor' <conservebirds...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> Subject: [HMBirds] Notice about field work in the Washington County Grasslands WMA
Notice to all those birders searching for migrating raptors in the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area!
Southern Adirondack Audubon has been contacted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that there will be activity in the next few weeks as hedgerows are cleared between the fields in the Washington County Grasslands. This work is necessary to make the fields safer for both wintering and breeding bird species. The hedgerow corridors are good cover for predators as they travel in search of Short-eared Owls roosting on the ground in winter and nestling species in Summer, such as the Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrow. Most of the vegetation in the hedgerows will be cleared, leaving snags and cavity trees whenever possible. Although this may not be the idea time to do this work, the local BOCES has generously offered to complete the job at no cost, so although there will most likely be an effect on the foraging activity of raptors in that area due to the disturbance, it is believed that the overall benefit of the improved habitat definitely outweighs the possible short term impacts. So as you see this work being done, be grateful for BOCES students who care about the environment and look forward to an even better habitat for our grassland birds in years to come.