WASHINGTON, Vt. — The maple season may be over for this year, but sugarbushes play a role all year round in the forest. One of these roles in the forest is habitat for birds and other wildlife. On Saturday, June 11 from 9 to 11 AM, a Bird-Friendly Maple Tour will take place at Buck Family Maple Farm in Washington. The event is sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association and NOFA Vermont.
The tour will be led by Audubon Vermont conservation biologist Steve Hagenbuch and John Buck of Buck Family Maple Farm. While touring parts of the Buck family sugarbush, Steve will introduce Audubon Vermont’s Bird-Friendly Maple program to attendees, and share on what makes a sugarbush bird-friendly and how to manage a sugarbush in a bird-friendly way. The tour will also include birding by sight and sound, so attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars if able.
The walking tour will be on established woods trails and roads. The walk will be around one mile in length with some mild to moderate uphill sections along the way. The event will take place rain or shine so attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly, including proper footwear. Attendees are also asked to leave pets at home.
Buck Family Maple Farm is located at 528 North Sargent Road, Washington, VT 05675.