Wild bird species of Maine are currently facing many stresses that are causing their populations to decline. Many migratory birds are facing habitat loss in winter habitats and along their migratory routes.
One thing humans can do for birds is assure that they can find suitable places in our Maine woodlands to nest and raise young. What are the things that can be done to make woodlands suitable for a wide variety of birds to thrive? Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine Audubon and the Maine Forest Service are offering a free outdoor workshop on Forestry for Maine Birds, on Thursday, May 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast.
This fun, hands on session pairs teaches participants to assess forest habitat and consider management options that benefit forest songbirds in a variety of forest types. This workshop is for foresters, woodland owners, and members of the public who are interested in forest stewardship or are bird enthusiasts.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Please register by using the Maine Audubon portal at https://maineaudubon. coursestorm.com/course/ forestry-for-maine-birds6? sort=date. For more information on this event, contact Aleta McKeage, Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, at aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail. com. Directions to Head of Tide Preserve: Take Route 137 (Waterville Road) to Head of Tide Road, then take Head of Tide Road to Doak Road, turn right and go 1/4 to the Head of Tide Nature Preserve on your left.