RUSTY BLACKBIRD HABITAT IN COMMERCIAL FORESTS – Annual Meeting
May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
PVC ANNUAL MEETING and IBERA LECTURE:
Thursday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. potluck supper/7:00 p.m. business meeting and program
Please join us for a potluck supper to celebrate spring and conduct the PVC Annual Meeting. Following the election of officers and board members for 2020-21, we will hear a presentation from Luke Douglas, MS degree candidate in Forest Resources at the University of Maine and PVC’s Inez Boyd Environmental Research Award (IBERA) winner for 2019. Luke will describe his ongoing academic research project, partially funded by PVC, on the survival of rusty blackbird nests and fledglings within the vast working forests of northwest Maine and northern NH. This uncommon species has declined by about 85 percent since the 1970s, and it is ranked as a Priority 1 Species of Greatest Conservation Need within Maine. Luke’s research proposes to help wildlife biologists and foresters develop better harvesting strategies to conserve, and possibly even enhance, rusty blackbird breeding habitat within the industrial spruce-fir forest.