Christmas Bird Count Next Saturday!

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The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust SRLT invites all interested birders to participate in the Unity Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, Dec. 20.

This event contributes to the North American database for the National Audubon Society’s CBC which is now in its 115th year. Birders of all skill levels are welcome at any level of participation.

A CBC count is a tally of individuals of all bird species seen or heard during one 24-hour period in early winter, from midnight to midnight within a 7.5 mile radius. The Unity CBC circle is centered at the intersection of Quaker Hill Road and Route 202/9 in Unity and is divided into sectors, each of which is assigned to a team of birders.

Observers may also choose to watch birds at their home feeders if they are within the circle and record sightings during the day.

SRLT will provide volunteers with instructions, bird lists, data sheets and the final results of the tally.

All who participate are also invited to the SRLT’s bird countdown event at 93 Main St. in Unity at 4:30 PM where we will enjoy pizza and tally the birds found during the day.

For more information and to sign up please email Tom Aversa at tom.aversa@gmail.com. If you lack computer access you can also call at 948-8593.

Take a Walk, Lend a Hand

PLP kioskDid you know Sebasticook Regional Land Trust owns 11 properties, located in not only Unity but also Burnham, Cambridge, Freedom, Hartland, Jackson and Stetson?  These diverse holdings include an assortment of habitats and recreational opportunities.  You can get to know these special places by volunteering as a property steward!

Some SRLT properties have trails and other public-access improvements. Some properties are managed just for wildlife while others include forestry and farming components.  Some properties are open for hunting, while others are not.  While each property is different, they all have two things in common: they are forever conserved for the benefit of people and wildlife, and the SRLT is responsible for their care.

SRLT property stewards help care for these important lands by taking walks and occasionally joining with other volunteers for larger projects like trail improvements, boundary marking or plant and wildlife surveys.  There are no special skills required, simply a willingness to be outside and to submit a completed “stewardship visit” report – a brief record of your observations and suggestions.

We suggest properties with trails be visited quarterly, with semi-annual or annual visits for our unimproved or remote parcels.  The SRLT provides an initial property orientation and ongoing support.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Jennifer at 948-3766 or by email.