Free workshop series covers Birding on the Farm

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WALPOLE, N.H. — The public is invited to participate in a series of free wildlife workshops throughout the region in the coming months. The "Birding on the Farm" workshop series will feature one workshop per season to highlight a variety of bird species and will be hosted on different farms located on either side of the Connecticut River in New Hampshire and Vermont.

This workshop series is suitable for all levels of birders - from beginning to seasoned. Participants will learn about the role farms play in providing habitat for wildlife, which birds utilize different farming practices (grazing pasture, row crops, hay field, and orchards) and how and when these resources are used, and explore the seasonality and natural history of wildlife in our region.

The first workshop in this series is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 15, at Miller Farm in Vernon, Vermont. Binoculars and boots are recommended, and come dressed appropriately for the weather. (Unless there is an extreme weather event, this event is rain/snow or shine).

Register online at: https://birdingonthefarm-vernonvt.eventbrite.com

The schedule for additional Birding on the Farm workshops (locations to be determined) are as follows: Wednesday, May 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, June 27, from 8 to 10 a.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Partners on this event include the Cheshire County Conservation District, Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District, Antioch Bird Club, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. If you need accommodations, contact Wendy Ward at 603-904-3010.

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