A Warbling Warbler

Michael Nerrie

Shrublands will attract song birds, such as this male chestnut-sided warbler.

A bird mist netting demonstration and shrubland wildlife walk will be held at Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail in Walpole on Wednesday, June 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. Leading the event will be Matt Tarr, a UNH associate professor of wildlife and conservation biology, and Extension educator.

Tarr and a group of UNH graduate students have been studying the shrublands beneath electric transmission lines in New Hampshire and Maine with the aim of better understanding the use of this increasingly rare habitat by songbirds and other wildlife.

The research team will be setting up mist nets in the shrublands at Distant Hill to demonstrate how they used this important monitoring tool to determine the diversity and relative abundance of songbirds using the transmission line corridors. Attendees will also learn about the various methods available to researchers to sample other forms of wildlife in this critical habitat, such as the use of coverboards to estimate reptile and terrestrial amphibian populations.

There is no charge for the event, but donations will be gratefully accepted for the Distant Hill Nature Trail Fund to help make Distant Hill more accessible to all. Suggested donation: $10

Distant Hill Gardens is at 507 March Hill Road, Walpole. Information: www.distanthill.org

In case of rain, the event will be postponed to Wednesday, June 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.