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Southern Adirondack Audubon Society
Protecting the environment through the preservation of natural habitats
and the advancement of environmental education
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American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics
that can be found on the ABA website
Audubon has been contacted by the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that
there will be activity in the next few weeks as
hedgerows are cleared between the fields in the
Washington County Grasslands. This work is
necessary to make the fields safer for both wintering
and breeding bird species. The hedgerow corridors
are good cover for predators as they travel in search of
Short-eared Owls roosting on the ground in winter and
nestling species in Summer, such as the Grasshopper and
Savannah Sparrow. Most of the vegetation in
the hedgerows will be cleared, leaving snags and cavity
trees whenever possible.
Although this may not be the idea time to do this work, the local BOCES has generously offered to complete the job at no cost, so although there will most likely be an effect on the foraging activity of raptors in that area due to the disturbance, it is believed that the overall benefit of the improved habitat definitely outweighs the possible short term impacts. So as you see this work being done, be grateful for BOCES students who care about the environment and look forward to an even better habitat for our grassland birds in years to come.
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