Hogback trail cleanup seeks volunteers

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MARLBORO — Hogback Mountain is calling all nature lovers for two upcoming programs.

Volunteers are needed for the Hogback spring trail cleanup of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, this Sunday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will walk the entire trail system on the south side of Route 9, cleaning up as they go. Volunteers will be tossing aside fallen branches, picking up any trash that may have been dropped over the winter, and dealing with minor drainage issues. If you have a favorite tool, bring it, or select one from the Conservation Area stash. Expect some muddy spots this early in the season. Meet in the field behind the white Distillery building on the south side of Route 9, just west of the gift shop.

On Sunday, May 19, join naturalist Cherrie Corey for a morning walk, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., to meet the arriving songbird wave and other harbingers of spring. Tune in to the plumage and song of each species and learn to notice where they prefer to perch and sing in the landscape. The route will take participants through several distinct and varied habitats, each with its own signature community of songbirds and plant life. This is about a two mile loop, with 500 feet of elevation change. The hikers will be moving at a leisurely pace. Meet in the field behind the white Distillery building.

Questions? Email us at hmca@hogbackvt.org or go to our website at hogbackvt.org.

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