Master Naturalist Sophie Mazowita

Master Naturalist Sophie Mazowita, left, leads naturalists in training during a Wheeler Park tracking walk in February.

Residents are invited to attend the annual general meeting of the South Burlington Land Trust, Sunday, April 7, 6 p.m., at the Ridgewood Estates Club House off of Swift and Dorset Streets.

The annual meeting includes introductions to South Burlington Land Trust board members, a brief presentation by Board President Sarah Dopp on activities and accomplishments of the organization over the past year, and a lively presentation by board member Sophie Mazowita, coordinator of the South Burlington Master Naturalist Program and Mammal Tracking Project. The evening begins with a potluck dinner. The South Burlington Land Trust will provide refreshments.

Master Naturalist Mazowita has extensive knowledge and fascinating information to share from her multiyear project studying wildlife in South Burlington. Hear the latest about the city’s large mammals and wildlife corridors. Featuring stories and wildlife camera footage of otters, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, bears and more, Mazowita will highlight the habitat needs and the status of these wild animals locally. Find out about core habitat areas, key road crossings, and corridors that can provide functional, connected habitat for our widest-ranging animals. More information about the project can be found at www.trackingvt.org.

Jon Binhammer from The Nature Conservancy will be on hand to answer questions and speak about the goals for conserving the 48-acre Ewing property, a portion of which is based in South Burlington.

Attendees are invited to share their concerns and priorities surrounding the preservation of clean waterways, healthy forests, working farmlands and wildlife habitat. Discover what the South Burlington Land Trust is working towards and learn how to get involved as a volunteer or advocate for South Burlington’s open spaces. For more information, visit sblt.org.

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