Women Caring for the Land

Women Caring for the Land

Spring Bird Migration:  What you need to know

Come learn with other women at the second Woman Caring for the Land meeting sponsored by the Fayette Soil and Water Conservation District, Pheasants Forever, and the USDA.   The meeting will be held on April 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Public Library. Women Caring for the Land helps women landowners make conservation decisions in a non-intimidating environment.  Several women conservation professionals will join us, sharing knowledge on migratory birds, planting native, and the importance of habitat including woodlots and backyards.

Join Laura Kearns, Ph.D., Wildlife Biologist with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, currently overseeing, conducting research, and monitoring our Ohio's forest and wetland birds. Laura completed her Ph.D. at Ohio State in 2012 studying the effects of urbanization and responses of breeding songbirds to nest predators and predation.  Laura specializes in avian ecology and conservation, predator-prey dynamics, urban ecology, and forest ecology.  Laura will lead a discussion on small woodlots, how to manage for migrating bird populations, and utilizing urban landscapes for habitat.

Sara Creamer, Master Gardener, will share native plant substitutes for some of our problem non-native plants.  Sara will discuss why native plants are best for our native pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.  

Lunch will be provided. A brief birding session will follow the discussions for those who want to venture out.

We will also give away a copy of Nature’s Best Hope:  A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas Tallamy.

Please register by calling 740-313-3212 or email to by Friday March 27th. Please note this event is limited to women only. Children are welcome with their mothers/guardians.


10:00-10:30 Welcome and Introduction

10:30-10:45 Bird call and Bird ID games

10:45-11:30 Laura Kearns, ODNR Migratory Bird Specialist

11:30-12:00 Sara Creamer, Master Gardener

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:30 Brief birding session (optional)