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Berkshire County landowners invited to wildlife habitat bird walk

Diane Baedeker Petit
413-253-4371, cell 413-835-1276

A duck and ducklings.

PITTSFIELD (May 22, 2013) -- Berkshire County private landowners are invited to attend an outdoor workshop onManaging for Early-Successional Habitat” on Saturday, June 1, 2013, 8:00 am to 10:30 am on the Bakke Family property on Bliss Rd. in Florida, Mass.

A panel of experts from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (Mass Wildlife) and Pantermehl Environmental Services will lead a bird walk through old field, shrub land, thicket and mature forest habitats on the 800 acre property.

Learn the birds that use each habitat type, as well as the techniques and tools of habitat management including timber harvesting, and mowing. Funding through NRCS programs for private landowners will also be discussed. The workshop is sponsored by the Berkshire Conservation District, NRCS and MassWildlife.                                                                                               

Directions to workshop location: From the Florida Fire Dept. on Rte. 2, travel north on Tilda Hill Rd. for 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Bliss Rd and go all the way to the end.

Bring your binoculars or camera, wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring bug spray, sunscreen and raingear. This is a FREE event and will be held rain or shine. 

For more information, contact the NRCS office in Pittsfield at 413-443-1776  x3, or e-mail  You can also visit