Ashley Outings Details

The Alliance for Vermont Communities and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies are partnering to bring you a series of natural history and historical outings on the proposed Ashley Community Forest located in Strafford and Sharon. The goal of the series is to get local residents of the two towns and the region actively using the Ashley Community Forest land in order to build an ecological understanding and appreciation for the extraordinary place it is.

The workshops will take place on Saturday mornings with Sunday being the rain date in some cases, by preference of the outing leader. Each hike will be approximately 2 hours and led by a local expert.

Saturday, May 11, Birding with Dick Rubin

7:30-9:30 AM

This time of year is Nirvana for birders. Expect to see a variety of migrating songbirds and some residents as spring bursts onto the scene. Join us to as we explore the birds of the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves). Binoculars and a field guide are useful additions.  The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Dick Rubin has been birding since he was 6 years of age.  He has an engineering and law background. Since his retirement in 2005, he has dedicated himself to the finer things in life- birding, fishing, biking and other outdoor activities.  Dick has been a Sharon resident for the last 2 years and is on the Sharon Conservation Commission.

Saturday, May 18, Naturalist Walk with Mike Hebb and Kathy Thompson

7:30-9:30 AM         

Join us as spring bursts onto the scene to explore the birds, trees, spring flowers and other wonders of the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford. The outing will be lead by local naturalists Kathy Thompson and Mike Hebb.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves). Binoculars and a field guide are useful additions. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Kathy Thompson is an astute birder who has visited many parts of the world just to see their birds.  She’s frequently invited to help lead birding groups.  Mike Hebb is responsible for developing a 20 mile trail system in Strafford and he also play a large part in managing the towns public lands. Both Mike and Kathy are “retired” but Mike teaches woodworking and orchard care in Strafford. He is currently concentrating on bryophyte identification.

Sunday, May 19, Naturalist Walk with Tii McLane and Kyle Jones

7:30-10:30 am

Join us as spring bursts onto the scene to explore the birds, trees, spring flowers and other wonders of the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford. The outing will be lead by local naturalists Tii McLane and Kyle Jones.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves). Binoculars and a field guide are useful additions. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Elisabeth “Tii” McLane lives in Strafford, Vermont and works as a self-employed Forester/Forest Ecologist.  She has 28 years of experience in the natural sciences, with extensive field experience in forestry and wildlife management, botany, and general field ecology. Tii has served on Strafford’s Conservation Commission, and is a member of Linking Lands Alliance (a multi-town grassroots conservation and education organization).  Kyle Jones lives in Royalton and has worked for the National Park Service since 1983.  He served several years on the Royalton Conservation Commission and is now on the South Royalton Prudential Board. “Follow” him on eBird and iNaturalist!

Saturday, May 25, Birding with Nathaniel Sharp

4:00-6:00 pm

During this late afternoon outing, expect to see a variety of migrating songbirds and some residents as spring finally bursts onto the scene. Join us to as we explore the birds of the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford. The hike will be led by Nathaniel Sharp from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves). Binoculars and a field guide are useful additions. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Nathaniel Sharp has been birding since the age of 9. His interest in birds and the natural world was sparked by the natural spectacle of shorebird migration along the Delaware Bay. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, Nathaniel assisted in teaching classes on Ornithology and environmental education. He graduated with Honors from the University of Vermont with a BS in Wildlife Biology, writing his honors thesis on dispersal response to nest failure of Bobolinks. He is presently an an ECO AmeriCorps member at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies where he is the Citizen Science Outreach Naturalist.

 

Saturday, June 1, Birding with Steve Faccio

7:30-9:30 AM

This time of year is Nirvana for birders. Birds are still arriving while others are well into nesting. Expect to see and hear a variety of songbirds. Join us to as we explore the birds of the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford. The hike will be led by Steve Faccio from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves). Binoculars and a field guide are useful additions. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Steve Faccio is a co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, He is a Conservation Biologist with over 25 years’ experience as a scientist, naturalist, writer, and photographer.  Much of his work at VCE is focused on forest ecology, including long-term population monitoring of forest songbirds, ecology of pool-breeding amphibians, and vernal pool mapping and conservation. Outside of his work as a biologist,  Steve is an avid backcountry skier, an activity that combines his interest in mountain adventure with an appreciation for the effects of gravity. When the ground isn’t white, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, listening to music, and thinking about skiing. Steve serves on the Vermont Endangered Species Committee’s Reptile and Amphibian Scientific Advisory Group, and on the Strafford Conservation Commission

Saturday, June 8, Cellar Holes and Stone Walls with Paul Kristensen

9:00- 11:00 am              

Join Paul Kristensen in an exploration of the well-preserved stone remains of a farmstead located in the Ashley Community Forest. Using the abundant evidence of walls, foundations and other stonework, participants will gain insight as to how and why the structures were built.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Paul Kristensen is a resident of Sharon. He has a love for old farm and house sites that provide glimpses into how the owners lived and worked the land.

Saturday, June 15, Reading the Forested Landscape with David Paganelli

9:00-11:00am

Join us to as we learn to interpret the wooded landscape at the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford. The hike will be led by, David Paganelli, Orange County Forester.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves). Binoculars and a field guide are useful additions. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

David Paganelli has served as Orange County Forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation since 1989. In addition to administering the Current Use program for forestland in Orange County, David also manages 30 municipal forests totaling approximately 4,500 acres. David and his wife, Judith Falk, own Clover Hill Tree Farm in South Strafford and have been active in hosting and leading programs on silviculture, wildlife habitat improvement, invasive plant treatment, and many other forest management topics.   Clover Hill Tree Farm was named Vermont’s Outstanding Tree Farm for 2015.

 

Sunday, June 16, Fern Walk with Tii McLane

9:00- 11:00 am              

Join us to as we explore the variety of the ferns that populate the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford. The hike will be led by TiiMcLane, a ­­Forester and Forest Ecologist.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Elisabeth “Tii” McLane lives in Strafford, Vermont and works as a self-employed Forester/Forest Ecologist.  She has 28 years of experience in the natural sciences, with extensive field experience in forestry and wildlife management, botany, and general field ecology. Tii has served on Strafford’s Conservation Commission, and is a member of Linking Lands Alliance (a multi-town grassroots conservation and education organization). 

Friday & Saturday, June 21, 22,

An Introduction to Citizen Science and iNaturalist with Nathaniel Sharp, Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Friday  7 – 8:30 pm

Saturday 9 – 11 am              

Join Nathaniel Sharp in this two part workshop and walk to learn how to use iNaturalist to contribute sightings and observations of everything living. Friday evening will be spent learning the interface and Saturday will be an outing to put the new found knowledge to use. Bring your laptop or smartphone to the Friday evening session.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Nathaniel Sharp has been birding since the age of 9. His interest in birds and the natural world was sparked by the natural spectacle of shorebird migration along the Delaware Bay. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, Nathaniel assisted in teaching classes on Ornithology and environmental education. He graduated with Honors from the University of Vermont with a BS in Wildlife Biology, writing his honors thesis on dispersal response to nest failure of Bobolinks. He is presently an an ECO AmeriCorps member at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies where he is the Citizen Science Outreach Naturalist.

 

Saturday, July 13,

Forest Succession and Forest Management

with AJ Follensbee

9:00- 12:00 am

Join us on a hike in the Ashley Community Forest to gain insight into forest succession and forest management. The hike will be led by AJ Follensbee, Windsor County Forester

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@sover.net  – 802.889.3210

Please wear appropriate footwear, tick prevention (light colored clothing, long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

AJ Follensbee is the Windsor/Orange County Forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. He has been working in the field of forestry since 2010 when he graduated from the University of Maine in Orono, with a B.S in Forest Management. He has been working for the Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation since 2012, first as a seasonal State Lands Forester and then as the Southern NRCS Forester. He has been a County Forester since the summer of 2016. He lives is Bradford Vermont.