Workshop to educate forest land owners on wildlife and birds


Margaretville — A workshop for forest landowners in the Catskill Region will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Margaretville Fire Department located at 77 Church Street. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. This is one of a series of workshops organized by Audubon New York in the largely forested regions of the state; similar workshops have been held in the Adirondack and Tug Hill regions.
The Catskill workshop will provide information for landowners on the wildlife commonly found in forests of the Catskill Region, how to encourage wildlife to use their property, bird-friendly forest management practices, and the resources, tools and potential partners available to help families plan for the future of their woodlands.

The workshop will be followed by an afternoon woods walk from 1 to 3 p.m. to tour properties where different kinds of forest management have resulted in different types of wildlife habitat. Interested individuals can attend one or both, but pre-registration by September 12 is required for both.

Participants attending the woods walk will meet at the Margaretville firehouse at 1 p.m. to carpool to the sites.

“The Catskill Region is one of the largest tracts of forest in New York State and provides critical habitat for a great diversity of bird species, including Canada Warbler, American Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse,” said Jillian Liner, director of bird conservation for Audubon New York. 

“Forest landowners in the region can play an important role in providing habitat for these species.  This workshop will give participants the skills and contacts to make a big difference for birds and other wildlife in their woods.”