ALBANY — Tin Mountain Conservation Center will be presenting the eco-forum “Summer Research Recap” on Thursday, Aug. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Nature Learning Center in Albany.
What birds utilize the Rockwell Sanctuary as summer breeding ground? How is the brook trout habitat restoration effort progressing? How have recent cuts affected the wildlife usage of the Bear Paw land?
All these questions and more will be answered in Tin Mountain’s summer summary of seasonal research. There will be a lunch to meet the summer’s interns and gain a deeper understanding of Tin Mountain’s current research initiatives.
Resident bird intern James Longo and avian ecology intern Coburn Blunt have been splitting their time this summer between two major areas of research: monitoring breeding birds and forest habitat changes associated with forest management.
The long-term breeding bird survey was initiated in 2007 to inventory all species using the 140-acre sanctuary during April-July while also training young professionals in habitat protection.
Weekly visits to 37 permanent study plots generate information about population trends that only long-term studies can provide. The ecological monitoring of timberlands is part of Tin Mountain’s sustainability principles for managing its 1,200 acres of timberlands in Conway.
For this portion the interns have been monitoring bird activity in timber cut of various ages to determine whether important forest structures are retained to adequately provide for resident wildlife.
Marlene McCabe, the brook trout habitat restoration intern has been looking at the influence of adding woody material to small streams to enhance size and abundance of brook trout populations.
The eco-forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Co. of North Conway and Frontside Grind Coffee Roasters. Eco-forums are free and open to the public and are presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany.
For more information, call (603) 447-6991 or go to tinmountain.org.