CDC -> Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center: Tour/Talk : Forest Stewardship Plan and Management Goals

Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center

Saturday August 24th, Hillsdale, NY. 10am to noon.

Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center is a 1,039 acre sanctuary located in the southeastern corner of Columbia County. It provides habitat for many at risk climate-threatened bird species, such as Wood Thrush, Veery, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed Vireo, and warblers such as Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-and-white, and Blackburnian. It is also habitat for White-tailed Deer, Coyotes, Bobcats and Black Bears. The Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center is a great place for birding, nature walks and hiking. Hundreds of visitors enjoy the beauty of the sanctuary each year.

Audubon New York has begun a forest management project at Rheinstrom Hill that will use best management practices to restore the sanctuary to a balance of forest types to improve conditions for birds and other at-risk wildlife. The main goal of the outreach effort is to provide training to private forest landowners and other audiences, with the goal of applying these land management techniques beyond the demonstration project and improve forest health across a larger landscape throughout Columbia County and beyond.

Suzanne Treyger, Audubon NY Forest Program Manager, will lead a talk about the Forest Stewardship Plan and management goals for this property. Two deer exclosure sites, established in 2015 and 2019, will provide dramatic visual evidence of the impact of deer on forest regeneration. Suzanne will discuss the relationship with a local hunting club and their use of DMAP (Deer Management Assistance Program) permits to control deer numbers. Suzanne will also discuss Audubon's Harvest For Habitat program which enables bird habitat improvements through active forest management.

Meet along the Sanctuary road at 10 am Saturday August 24th for this 2 hour outdoor program. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary & Center
225 Cambridge Rd
Hillsdale, NY 12529

Please pre-register by contacting Jimmy Bulich at 518-429-4979 or by email .

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