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WARBLERS IN KENT

Press Release 5/21/18

(Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Land Trust will present two programs for bird enthusiasts aged 13 and up regarding birds in Kent on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. (participation in Saturday’s workshop is not required for participation in Sunday’s program.)

On Saturday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Blvd., Kent. Laurie Doss, a science teacher at Marvelwood School will discuss Warblers in Kent: A Closer Look. She teach participants how to identify warbler species common to Kent by sight & sound, give an introduction to various bird apps/recording software to make identifying birds by sight and/or song easier, and give a brief discussion on how to enhance habitat for birds.

The follow day, Sunday, June 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., join Kent Land Trust and Laurie Doss for Birds & Bagels. Apply your knowledge from Saturday’s Warbler Workshop to identify birds in the field near the entry to Skiff Mountain South Preserve. Bagels and yogurt will be served by the Kiosk to the preserve. During breakfast, participants will identify by sight and/or sound. Extra binoculars will be available for participants who do not bring their own. Mist nets located on Kent Land Trust and Marvelwood School property will also be set-up to band birds and collect physiological evidence of breeding. Participants will help collect data for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project and listen for warblers common to early successional areas such as the Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Yellow Warbler. At the end of the program there will be an opportunity to see the breeding colony of Purple Martins at Marvelwood School. Those interested in hiking after the program may venture out on their own to hike one of the four trails traversing Skiff Mountain South Preserve. It is best if participants wear long pants and socks to help protect against tick exposure. The use of insect repellent is also highly encouraged and will be available at the workshop.

Laurie Doss is a teacher with 30 years of secondary teaching experience and is Head of the Science Department at Marvelwood School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Lake Forest College and her M.Ed focusing on Special Education from The University of Hartford.  Laurie is on the Board of Directors for the Kent Land Trust and is a consultant to the Kent Conservation Commission. Since 2001, under the guidance of the Institute for Bird Populations, Laurie and her students have operated a MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) constant effort bird banding station on land trust property. Much of this data was used in support of  the designation of a landscape-level Important Bird Area in the towns of Kent and Sharon, CT (http://ct.audubon.org/macedonia-forest-block), Laurie, Marvelwood Students and the Kent Land Trust have also been responsible for helping erect new housing to increase the purple martin populations in the NW corner of CT and assisting the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with their color-banding study of Purple Martens to better understating post-fledgling dispersal, site fidelity, and habitat preferences.

The Kent Land Trust protects over 2650 acres in Kent and surrounding areas through conservation easements and land ownership of nature preserves, nine of which have public trails. Thanks to the participation and support of hundreds of community members, the Land Trust promotes sound land management and environmental stewardship through fun and educational programs and scientific research. For further information please contact the Kent Land Trust at (860) 488-9185 or info@kentlandtrust.org.

The programs are free & open to public. Donations always accepted. Please register for one or both of the programs. For more information or to register call the Library at (860) 927-3761, email kmlinfo@biblio.org; stop by the Library, or visit the Library’s online calendar at kentmemoriallibrary.org for Saturday and/or Sunday. The House of Books will be at Saturday’s program to provide nature and bird guides and related books.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.

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