Hello Everyone, I’ve been hanging out with my friends Ann and David at the old Bri-Mar stables in Hadley, now a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge! For all those who worked on preserving this immense piece of habitat, give them a standing ovation because it is incredible! A shout out to Kestrel Land Trust, the Trust for Public Lands, Valley Land Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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The habitat is exceptional for all sorts of migratory warblers, as well as, nesting for barn swallows, bobolinks, turkeys, kestrels, blue winged warblers, baltimore orioles, coyote, deer, raccoon…the list goes on and on. Besides the habitat, USFW has been working with the Student Conservation Association and the Youth Conservation Corp to employ staff to build an incredible path system and wildlife overlooks!
First here are a couple of short videos of the male Kestrel. The first one shows him hover hunting, while the second one gives you a view of his nesting box. I didn’t want to get too close and disturb them:
Here’s a baltimore oriole visiting its nest in the middle of a very windy morning!
Ever see a turkey up a tree? Don’t forget to look up sometimes, you never know what you’ll see at the Refuge!
And of course, maybe my favorite, the bobolinks. The preservation efforts have protected extensive grassland habitat (in decline in the US) for red-winged blackbirds, as well as my bobbies!
Here’s some pictures of the walkway and overlooks under construction. What an incredible conservation effort by all the organizations involved, as well as the volunteers and staff who are building this walkway access! Bravo!