May 10th, 2014 Restore NY Woodlands educational program
JOIN Southern Tier Chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association FOR AN EDUCATIONAL
WALK IN THE WOODS
9:30, SATURDAY, MAY 10, Rain or Shine
Whitney Point, NY
Learn about the many environmental, economic and quality of life benefits our forests provide. Learn about threats to the future forest from invasive vegetation, insects and fungi, over browsing by deer, unsustainable harvesting practices and climate change. See how successful regeneration of the next forest has been accomplished by controlling deer access, eliminating interfering vegetation, and managing sunlight on the forest floor. Compare results with an unmanaged forest stand where regeneration of desirable tree species is absent.
This woodswalk is sponsored by the Southern Tier Chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association, in conjunction with their “Restore New York Woodlands” initiative. It is open to anyone who values our forests and is concerned for their future. Children are welcome. The walk will cover approximately one mile over mostly level terrain and one short hill. There may be some wet spots, so wear appropriate footwear. There is no shelter or restroom facility available on the property.
The woodswalk will be held at Jerry Michael’s Tree Farm, 3192 State Route 206, Whitney Point, NY 13862. The property is 1.3 miles East of Whitney Point, on the top of the hill and on the right (South) side of the road. Look for signs and park on the shoulder of the highway. Please call (607) 648-2941if you are coming so that we can plan for additional parking if required.
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Why Birds Matter...
Birds are important because of the role they play in the natural world as pollinators and seed disbursers, assisting with the balance of nature by eating insects. They also clean up things that would go unattended otherwise.
Birds are important TO ME because of the kinship that I feel with another living species, and the joy that they bring to me year around. Encountering spring migrants feels brand new every time! I feel responsibility for their well-being and take care not to disturb their nesting with unnecessary sounds, disturbance or habitat destruction. I respect the incredible work they do to bring about future generations.
Becky GrettonDOAS Co-President
Birds have always been an early warning system for our environment–the “canary in the coal mine.” It was the decline in bird species high on the food chain that tipped us off to the dangers of DDT and other chemicals. More recently, high altitude and high latitude birds are demonstrating the first definitive effects of global change. If science had been more advanced in the 1800s, the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon could have served as a warning about habitat destruction. This not just about protecting the birds–although that is a worthy goal–but all of these threats will ultimately reach the human race.
Andy MasonDOAS Co-President
In addition to being indicators for environmental health, birds matter because they allow people all over the world to enjoy and appreciate nature. Caring about birds often leads to caring about their habitats and creates a stewardship ethic to protect our natural resources. Birds connect communities.