The public is invited to take a walk through a thriving bobolink habitat recently protected by Georges River Land Trust June 16 at 10 a.m. The walk will begin at the Finnish Congregational Church, Route 131, South Thomaston.

Laura Suomi-Lecker, technical director for Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District and education and outreach coordinator for Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, will join the tand trust to discuss the needs and issues facing grassland birds and best management practices to help them.

Loss of grassland habitat is a major factor in the steep population decline of grassland birds, such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and savannah sparrows. Additionally, current field mowing practices often result in total nest failure of these birds. Consequently, the “State of the Birds Report” released by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior placed bobolinks on the 2014 Watchlist of birds most in need of conservation.

Participants will learn about conservation mowing practices to preserve nesting sites and reduce grassland bird mortality. Bring binoculars and park at the church. This walk is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 594-5166.