Birds Report: In ‘Connecticut State of the Birds 2011’ report, concern about forest land

Mar 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Birding, Top Story

When the colonists settled here, they cut down the trees to build homes. But the forests grew back. In the 1700s, the growth of farming brought more trees down. Again, the forests came back as farming declined from 1840 to 1940.

But the forests are no longer growing back, and that’s a major concern of the Connecticut Audubon Society in its “Connecticut State of the Birds 2011.” For the first time in 150 years, forest resources have begun a permanent decline due to sprawling development, according to the report. And how the remaining forest land is developed and conserved will have a profound impact on birds that depend on the unfragmented forests of Connecticut.

From the CT Audubon website:

In all prior Connecticut State of the Birds reports there is one consistent theme, the fact that we need more data on birds, their habitats and population trends in order to make sound conservation decisions. Here at the Connecticut Audubon Society our staff and volunteers have been working hard to expand this knowledge base through efforts on our own and other’s properties.

We use the data that we collect on our own sanctuaries to continually monitor and improve our land management efforts. Here are some tangible results of that process: Grassland management programs at our Pomfret sanctuary have yielded an increase in American Kestrel and Eastern Meadowlark populations; while Bobolink and Savannah Sparrow populations have remained stable and healthy. Forest habitat practices require a much longer time frame, but habitat heterogeneity created through our management practices at the Croft Preserve has benefited conservation concern species such as Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, Wood Thrush, Cerulean Warbler and even Moose. The adaptive habitat management practices applied to our sanctuaries provides us with the skills and information to assist land managers with their own property management activities.

Read more here: Birds Report: In “Connecticut State of the Birds 2011” report, concern about forest land – Courant.com.

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2 Comments to “Birds Report: In ‘Connecticut State of the Birds 2011’ report, concern about forest land”

  1. Noodles Romanov says:

    I am confused: Audubon says forests are declining in the state and yet Connecticut Forest & Parks (!) represent that we have more forestland than we did before the industrial revolution or even further back. So what is it anyway?

  2. Allison Dallas says:

    Someone should ask Connecticut Audubon why they conduct extensive overcutting on their own woodlands, like the preserve in Goshen. Pretty tough to be convincing when you treat your own forests as a source of capital.

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