A male bobolink is fitted with a NanoTag to help researchers at the University of Maine and cooperating institutions study migration patterns from the Northeast to central South America. Photo by Joanne Alex

A guided walk through bobolink habitat is planned for 9-11 a.m. Friday, June 17, at Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station’s Witter Farm Park Street Fields in Orono.

A workshop will be led by Amber Roth, assistant professor of forest wildlife management at the University of Maine; Livia Raulinaitis, Maine pollinator and beneficial insect conservation planner at the Xerces Society; and Laura Suomi-Lecker, technical director of the Ag Allies’ Grassland Bird Program.

The free workshop will cover improving and managing grasslands for bird habitat, and forage production and pollinators, according to a UMaine news release.

Participants can view nesting behaviors of grassland birds, including bobolinks, Savannah sparrows, and northern harriers.

The workshop will also include guidance on how to revitalize fallow fields for grassland wildlife habitat, and the background on life history of Maine’s grassland bird species that face steep population decline.

The event is free; advance registration is required at umaine.edu. Participants should meet at the Witter Farm Park Street Fields in Orono and be prepared to spend two hours outdoors walking over uneven terrain.

To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Karen Cliff at 207-581-2887 or [email protected].

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