Bobolinks, butterflies, kestrels…and conservationists…Oh My!

Barn swallows hanging out

Barn swallows hanging out

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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Staff working on the walkways and overlooks.

Staff working on the walkways and overlooks.

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:

A close up of a kestrel.

A close up of a kestrel.

 

 

 

The Kestrel on his nesting box.

The Kestrel on his nesting box.

Here’s a baltimore oriole visiting its nest in the middle of a very windy morning!

 

 

A great look at a viceroy butterfly.  I know it looks like a monarch but check it out.viceroy 2

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!

You talking to me!?

You talking to me!?

A good look at its profile!

A good look at its profile!

A back view of a bobby!

A back view of a bobby!

 

National Wildlife Refuge!

National Wildlife Refuge!

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!

Walkway

Walkway

an overlook

an overlook

A great viewing boardwalk.

A great viewing boardwalk.

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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