by Diane De Luca
NH Audubon is establishing a one-acre demonstration pollinator meadow at its headquarters in Concord using non-herbicidal methods. This project will engage community members and organizational collaborators in site preparation, seeding, and ongoing maintenance of two successive half-acre pollinator meadow plots in publicly accessible fields. This project will provide a valuable workshop location for regional citizen science training. Project staff will host one training event per year in order to support ongoing citizen science monitoring of native plants and pollinator species.
The workshops will include hands-on best practices for citizen scientists when monitoring for phenological changes throughout the year as well as identification of focal species of insects that would add to the state’s knowledge base of insects of conservation need. Collaborators from UNH Extension Master Gardeners, Xerces Society, and USFWS will be included in workshops. Participants of the annual workshops will learn about how to successfully remove invasive plants using non-herbicidal methods by walking through the site coordination process. Visitors to the project site will learn about site management via the interpretive signage that will be installed at the perimeter of the meadow.
The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.
Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.