Spring Forestry Workshops

Golden-winged Warbler Photo: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, Flickr cc

Young Forest Habitat Management Workshop

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Learning Farm classroom
2043B State Highway 68, Canton, NY 13617
Program & lunch 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Young forest habitat walk 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Event is free but registration is required.
RSVP by April 28th to Linnea Rowse at lrowse@audubon.org or (315) 221-5867.

The Saint Lawrence Valley provides a patchwork landscape of forests, wetlands, and grassland essential to the survival of at-risk bird species such as Golden-winged Warbler, American Woodcock, Brown Thrasher, and many others. The Golden-winged Warbler has experienced one of the steepest declines of any North American songbird and is now listed as a Threatened species in Canada, with a pending petition for listing as an Endangered Species in the U.S. By working with private landowners and organizational partners, Audubon New York aims to restore and maintain critical habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler and other forest, shrubland and game birds. 

Landowners are invited to join us for the workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County - Learning Farm classroom, 2043B State Highway 68, Canton, NY 13617, will offer participants the chance to learn successful strategies and techniques for maintaining high-quality habitat on their land to support the needs of birds and other wildlife.

The workshop brings landowners together with experts on birds, other wildlife and habitat management. Participating landowners will hear from a series of presenters about birds and other wildlife they can attract through proper habitat management, the basics of Golden-winged Warbler habitat, and where they can find the resources, tools and potential partners to help them plan for managing habitat to benefit wildlife on their property. Presentations will be made by Audubon New York, NYSDEC, USDA-NRCS, Indian River Lakes Conservancy, and Clarkson University.

The presentations will be followed by a habitat site visit at a demonstration site owned by NYSDEC – at Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area. This will allow participants to see high-quality early successional forest habitat and learn about restoring habitat to meet the needs of the declining bird species dependent on this habitat type. Participants will also see an example of a private landowner project site.

Because this event is being held during the bird breeding season, participants may be able to hear and see the different species attracted to early succesional forest habitat.    

The workshops are free but registration is required. 

RSVP by Friday, April 28 to Linnea Rowse at lrowse@audubon.org or (315) 221-5867. Registrants should plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration and refreshments. The workshop goes from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. followed by a woods walk from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. A free pizza lunch will be provided.

Expert Presentations From: Audubon New York, USDA – NRCS, NYS DEC, Clarkson University, and local land trusts. 

To learn more about where the field portion of the workshop will take place, visit Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area's website.

For more information about both NRCS and DEC private lands programs, please use the following links:

Natural Resources Conservation Service – Financial Assistance Programs

NYS-DEC Private Lands Forest Management Resources

Questions? Contact Linnea Rowse, Field Conservationist/Project Specialist, Audubon New York: (315) 221-5867 or lrowse@audubon.org