Date: 1/9/21 6:45 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland Sandpipers?
Given how rare the bird is, How about getting NY Audubon involved? Would
there be a role for them to play?
Pete Sar

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 9:15 PM Deb Grantham <dgg3...> wrote:

> That’s a good idea.
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> Deb
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> *From:* Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:06 PM
> *To:* Deb Grantham <dgg3...>
> *Cc:* Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
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> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland
> Sandpipers?
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> Might Finger Lakes Land Trust help with this?
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> Regi
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> *“The future of the world is nuts.” Philip Rutter, founder of the
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> On Jan 9, 2021, at 8:51 PM, Deb Grantham <dgg3...> wrote:
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> NRCS has incentives/subsidies for ag land placed in conservation
> easements, including for wildlife habitat. I don’t know that it would be
> enough for them, though.
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> Probably going through the Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation
> District is the way to go. I can check around a bit.
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> Deb
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> *From:* <bounce-125276871-83565122...> <
> <bounce-125276871-83565122...> *On Behalf Of *Dave Nutter
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:17 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland Sandpipers?
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> As many of you know, the private Lott Farm, located on the NE corner of
> NYS-414 and Martin Rd on the south border of the Town of Seneca Falls, has
> long been the site for the August farm equipment fair called Empire Farm
> Days. Therefore it has fortuitously been managed as an extensive grassland.
> It is the only remaining breeding site in the Cayuga Lake Basin for Upland
> Sandpipers (They bred between Wood Rd & Caswell Rd in Dryden years ago,
> before a few houses went in there.) as well as a great place for many other
> breeding grassland birds, the occasional rare Dickcissel, plus fairly
> regular Snowy Owls in winter. Furthermore, the owner has been gracious in
> granting access, without charging any fee, to birders who simply request
> permission, describe their vehicle, and agree to remain on the gravel
> roads.
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> In talking to Reuben Stoltzfus this evening I learned that we cannot take
> for granted the situation which had simply been the result of good luck and
> generosity. This past year, the Empire State Farm Days event did not take
> place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But also the event is now under new
> management who have chosen a different site for the future. This means that
> whatever profit and benefit which the Lott Farm gained from that event is
> gone. And they never got any benefit except good will from us birders.
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> While Reuben has not talked to the farm owner and did not know of any
> plans for this land which had been managed as grassland, I think it’s safe
> to assume that there is a strong incentive for the owner to find some use
> which will pay the taxes or turn a profit, and that grassland bird habitat
> may not be in the picture unless action is taken quickly to encourage
> future management to allow these birds to continue, before decisions are
> made - if they have not been finalized already - for the plowing or
> construction season this spring.
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> Is this something about which local bird clubs would want to work with the
> owner of Lott farm? Are there DEC programs which can reimburse landowners
> for maintaining such habitat? Would bird clubs want to help more directly?
> Would birders be willing to pay a small fee for the privilege of birding
> there or to become members of some organization for the pride of knowing
> they are helping some regionally rare birds survive where we can sometimes
> see them?
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> These are just some ideas based on very limited information. I know there
> are people reading this who are far better than I am at organizing,
> networking, researching, and promoting these things. Please think about it,
> discuss it, and help ensure that come mid-April the Upland Sandpipers have
> a home to return to. Thanks.
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> - - Dave Nutter
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