Tin Mountain’s monthly Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series at noon on Thursday, May 13th at the Nature Learning Center in Albany will feature Debra Eddison and Nels Liljedahl of Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Deb and Nels will discuss how to determine the bird and bat species in your area and what type of nesting boxes they utilize.  


Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), part of the US Department of Agriculture, works with private landowners to promote conservation and wise use of natural resources on their properties. This year marks the 75th anniversary for NRCS, and with 70% of land in the US held by private landowners, their mission could not be more significant.  In the words of Eddison, “Everything we do is based on addressing a resource concern and promoting wise use of our natural resources.”


Debra Eddison is a Soil Conservationist and has a background in both zoology and forestry.  Her areas of interest include wildlife habitat management, forestry, and forest ecology.  Nels Liljedahl is a District Conservationist and has a background in forestry and landscaping.  His areas of interest include river preservation, riparian buffer restoration, and landscaping for wildlife.  Both have been with NRCS for seven years.


Deb and Nels will focus on the use of nesting boxes for supporting local wildlife.  Specifically, they will cover nesting habitats and natural cavities, box design for specific species, types of boxes, placement and installation of boxes, and maintenance of boxes.  If you are curious about the possibilities for your property, you won’t want to miss this program! 


The Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway, NRCS, and the Rock House Mountain Baker and is presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The public is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.


Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental education organization. Since 1980, the Center has offered hands-on programs in the schools, at summer camps, and within communities throughout northern New Hampshire and western Maine. For more information on Tin Mountain Conservation Center and all nature programs, visit www.tinmountain.org or call 603-447-6991.