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Shrubland Wildlife Walk and Bird Mist Netting Demonstration

Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail

Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail, 507 March Hill Road
Walpole, NH 03608
United States

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About the Event

Join us for a 'Shrubland Wildlife Walk and Bird Mist Netting Demonstration' at Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail on newly acquired property that contains a section of transmission line right-of-way. Leading the event will be Matt Tarr, UNH associate professor of wildlife and conservation biology and Extension educator.

A wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects use shrubland habitats to meet their daily or seasonal needs for food and cover. Since mid 1900’s there has been a steady decline in shrublands in New England, and with that a steady decline in populations of many shrubland-dependent wildlife. Matt, and a number of UNH graduate students, have been studying the shrublands beneath hi-voltage transmission lines in New Hampshire and Maine over the past few years to better understand the use of this increasingly unique habitat by songbirds, and other wildlife. You’ll see first hand how they set up mist netting to capture songbirds, how to safely handle the birds once caught, and the importance of the data this technique provides. Matt and his team will also be demonstrating the use of coverboards to sample reptile and terrestrial amphibians.

Suggested Donation: Students of any age: FREE - Adults: $10 All donations go toward the 'Distant Hill Nature Trail Fund’ to help make Distant Hill more accessible.

NOTE: Rain Date Wednesday, June 12, 4 - 6pm

What to bring

Sturdy footwear, water, binoculars if you have them, and insect repellent just in case.


Contact Michael Nerrie at or 603-756-4179.

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