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To attend an Education Committee presentation or workshop, please email [email protected] and include the title of the presentation in the subject heading. You will be registered and will receive a zoom link to the workshop.
Birdhouse hunters: which box is best for their nest? by Dana Grayson
May 18, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Have you ever walked around the gardening section of your local home store and seen bird houses so cute you were tempted to buy them and hang them up right away? Not so fast! Providing a safe home for a growing bird family is serious stuff, and it’s very easy for a well-intentioned bird lover to do more harm than good. One of your first steps in being a good bluebird landlord is choosing the right home for them. In this presentation we’ll cover:
- Qualities you need in a nestbox for bluebirds and other native cavity nesting birds, materials, dimensions, monitoring access, etc.
- Why these qualities are necessary for a successful nesting season
- What types of nestboxes and designs you should avoid
Volunteer Opportunities at Fitzgerald Lake and The Hitchcock Center
May 24, 2022, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Bruce Hart and Dan Butterworth will share some of what is going on with two conservation groups: Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (FLCA) in Northampton/Florence and the Hitchcock Center in Amherst. They will talk about volunteer opportunities that are offered at each location.
Bruce Hart will introduce FLCA and the Broad Brook Coalition and share some of the area’s history and the details of what it offers to wildlife, as well as to its human and canine visitors. Dan will talk about some new initiatives at the Hitchcock Center and the ways in which people can become involved with the Center.
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Education Committee Survey Results
The Education Committee received 67 responses for our survey. Members continue to want Bird Identification Presentations and information about birding locations in New England. Several people want to work with students. The full results are here Final HBC Education Committee survey.