SOUTH THOMASTON — The public is invited to grab a pair of binoculars and walk through a bobolink habitat. Join the Georges River Land Trust and Ag Allies program for a free Grassland Management Walk Wednesday, July 7, from 9 to 11 a.m.. (Rain date is Thursday, July 8, same time) at the Riverview Hayfields Preserve in South Thomaston.

The workshop will cover practices for improving and managing grasslands for bird habitat, forage production and pollinators.

If interested in revitalizing an old field to improve grassland habitat, this workshop will provide advice on starting that process. Land trust staff will also discuss the life history of the declining grassland bird species and conservation practices that can be implemented to help them. The timing of this workshop will allow participants to view grassland bird nesting behaviors and the first flights of fledgling bobolinks and Savannah sparrows.

The Land Trust will join with Ag Allies to highlight the importance of native grasslands for its bird habitat values, agricultural importance as well as bucolic qualities.

To register, call Georges River Land Trust (594-5166) or email with this in the subject line: Grasslands Workshop.

Ag Allies has worked with land trusts and landowners to increase nesting success of grassland birds using incentive payments, technical assistance and education.

The Georges River Land Trust’s mission is to conserve the ecosystems and heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences. For more information about the work of the Georges River Land Trust, visit