Birds and Forestry the Topic of Workshop at Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Minn., on Thursday, September 20, 2012

Managing land to enhance wildlife, specifically birds, will be the topic of the "Bird-friendly Forest Management" workshop slated for Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the Forest 
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History Center near Grand Rapids, Minn. The workshop, which runs from 7 a.m.to 1 p.m., will include an optional birding walk. The cost is $10 and includes workshop materials, breakfast treats, and lunch. Pre-registration by September 18 is required and registration fees will be collected on the day of the workshop.  Participants should register online at http://z.umn.edu/BFFM (preferred) or call the University of Minnesota Extension-Itasca County at 218-327-7486.  

The workshop is open to the general public as well as natural resource professionals and is under the coordination of John Loegering, University of Minnesota Extension. Woodland Advisor Credit (WAC7) also is available (http://woodlandadvisor.org/classes).  Highlights include habitat management for wildlife; strategies for ruffled grouse, American woodcock, and other brushland species; financial assistance and incentives, property tax programs, invasive species; and a panel discussion of the implications for forests and wildlife in the future.  Workshop content questions may be directed to Loegering at jloegeri@umn.edu or 218-281-8132.

"This workshop will be a great opportunity for woodland landowners with an interest in managing their forest for birds," Loegering says.  "We will have several great presentations by resource professionals from three different agencies with a mission to offer technical assistance to landowners."

Background
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Public interest in birds and birding has increased in the past decade.  Private forest landowners have an opportunity to manage their land to produce forest products as well as enhancing wildlife values, especially for birds.  The workshop will review the basics of private forest management as well as strategies to enhance forests for migratory songbirds, ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse, American woodcock, and cavity-nesting species. This workshop is supported by the Renewable Resources Extension Act Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and University of Minnesota Extension. To learn more, visit 
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http://z.umn.edu/BFFMinfo.

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In the photos: 
Top, right: workshop brochure
Middle, left: yellow warbler, courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service
Bottom, right: woodcock, courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact: John Loegering, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8132 (jloegeri@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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