Friday, April 1, 2011

Remove Invasives to Restore Birding Hotspot

Bird diversity has dropped off in recent years due to invasive non-native plants. The Montgomery County Sierra Club are partnering with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Montgomery County Bird Club to observe the relationship between bird diversity and habitat, remove invasive plants, and return the area into a birding hot spot. Join them for an early morning bird walk at 8am-9:30am. The walk will be followed by removal of invasive non-native plants from 9:30am to 11am. The diverse habitats surrounding the closed Oaks Landfill attract birds and other wildlife. Tools are limited so please bring clippers, saws, and loppers. Long sleeves, pants, comfortable walking shoes or boots, hat, gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water are recommended. Meet at the Zion Road park entrance between Brookeville and Riggs Roads. Free. 20500 Zion Road , Laytonsville , MD. For more information or to RSVP.

Eastern bluebird, photo by Ollie Knott, Georgia Forestry Commission,