Planning for the future of wildlife and their habitats
Woodlands carpeted with ferns. A mountain brook. A beaver pond. These are some of our favorite things about the 400-acre Devan Preserve, owned by the Monadnock Conservancy thanks to a generous donation of the land by Cia Devan in 2011. But with all that wonderful habitat diversity, how to really know what animals live and breed here?
"We must not mar the work of the ages."- Theodore Roosevelt
Building Bird Boxes
Fun summer activity with the kids or grands
Recently, our staff has been putting up bluebird boxes along property lines in or along fields on conservation land thanks to the donation of 12 boxes made by volunteers. It's a great way to provide a home for bluebirds and tree swallows while marking important boundaries. You, too, can build a bird box -- perhaps with the help of some young friends.
It's a fun summer night, with live music and make-your-own pizzas baked in an outdoor, wood-fired oven. Come early to Orchard Hill Breadworks in Alstead, N.H., on Tuesday, July 31, starting at 5 p.m. Dough, red sauce, and cheese are provided; you bring friends and family, favorite toppings, and drinks. Minimum donation: $9 per pizza (100 percent of the profits after costs go directly to the Conservancy).
Growing community support makes a difference in sharing resources and expertise with conservation landowners and farmers. In the past year, our staff's knowledge and availability have greatly increased thanks to new hires and additional trainings. Later this summer, all landowners will be invited to a workshop on planning for the sale or transfer of their conservation land.
Our staff takes seriously all opportunities to use best-practice techniques and make thoughtful, appropriate choices for the future. I welcome any questions you might have.