The Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society is excited to be holding our annual meeting July 26, 2018 at Vermont Land Trust’s, Bluffside Farm in Newport, VT. The program will begin with a walk on the property with memebers of NEK Audubon at 5:30pm. At 7pm we will have a program featuring Chris Rimmer, Executive Director of Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawnchairs and/or picnic blankets. NEK Audubon will provide desserts.
Since 1992, Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) Executive Director Chris Rimmer has led efforts to conserve the Bicknell’s Thrush and the habitats on which it depends. Rimmer will discuss this fascinating and rare songbird, VCE’s efforts to study it in New England and the Caribbean, and how Bicknell’s Thrush represents a vital conservation link across international boundaries.
The Bicknell’s Thrush is one of North America’s most rare and vulnerable songbirds. Nesting only in mountaintop forests of northern New England and New York, and wintering primarily on the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), Bicknell’s Thrush faces numerous threats to its long-term survival. On its breeding grounds, these include atmospheric pollution, ski area development, communications tower construction, wind power development, mercury contamination, and climate change. The species’ limited winter habitats are under siege from deforestation, caused by human population pressures.
We hope you can join us for our annual meeting. In order to plan accordingly for the evening please RSVP to Laura Tobin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 751-7671.
Information and directions for Bluffside Farm can be found at: www.vlt.org/bluffsidefarm/
Additional information about NEK Audubon can be found on our Facebook page.