Tilton Conservation Commission
257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276
Tilton, NH

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

A Special Place in Tilton

Kettlehead Brewing Company

Kettlehead Brewing in Tilton NH         

Kettlehead Brewing is a small craft brewery focused on “building better beer.”

Kettlehead brews are served in our taproom. You can also take cans of Kettlehead home with you.

The kitchen offers a small and delicious menu of locally sourced foods.

407 West Main Street


Winter Bird Myths* from Birds and Blooms

1. Birds will freeze to death at below zero temps
Birds store fat during the day; they fluff their feathers and slow their metabolism at night to conserve energy.
They look for good places to roost, so they are well-equipped to survive cold temperatures.

2. American robins always fly south for the winter
If there is enough food at their breeding grounds, robins, bluebirds, and owls will over winter at their breeding
grounds. They will eat insects in tree bark rather than foraging on the ground.

3. You should take birdhouses down for the winter because birds don't use them
Actually, birds will use bird houses as roosting areas on cold nights.

4. If you go on vacation during the winter, birds relying on your feeders will die
Scientists have found that birds get 75%  of their food from the wild, and only 25% from feeders.
Also, they are resourceful and can fly to a neighbor's feeder.

5. Peanut butter will get stuck in the throats of birds so it is not good for them
Peanut butter is very nourishing for birds, especially in the winter when they need the fat content.

Generator Safety
After the recent rain storm where many NH residents lost power, it may be
time to revisit safety rules for using a generator for future storms.

1. Operate on a dry surface outside your house or garage to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) fumes poisoning
2. Store fuel in an approved safety can

3. NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet because it puts utility workers, neighbors, and you at risk of electrocution when power is restored

4. Install a CO alarm on every level of your home, particularly outside sleeping areas

5. Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool before refueling

6. Be sure to use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords with a ground pin and free of tears for plugging into
    the generator


Names for Winter Storms 2017-2018 from the Weather Channel

 EAB patterns in wood Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)   Adult emerald ash borer

 Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002.
The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of August 2017, it is now found in 31 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Since its discovery, EAB has:

  • Killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
  • Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
  • Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries hundreds of millions of dollars.

Because EAB has been found in trees in Belknap County, no  harvested wood can be sold outside the county in an effort to prevent any further spread of the insect. Detection is difficult and you should look at the tree and not at the bright green insect. The first sign is a thinning of the leaves at the top of the tree. Another sign would be sucker shoots sticking up from the base of the tree. The larvae eat the layer under the bark, leaving S- or D-shaped trails and blonding.