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Banding Woodcock an Important Conservation Tool

By the Michigan Wildlife Council

Never seen a woodcock chick? Just imagine a Ping-Pong ball covered in feathers.

Now imagine trying to gently hold that tiny, squirming ball of fluff while placing a numbered aluminum ring around its little leg.

Volunteer to Plant Shrubs for NH Cottontails

New Hampshire Union Leader

DURHAM — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension are seeking volunteers to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

Kids, Parents Learn About Wood Products, Forestry

Dan D’Ambrosio, Burlington Free Press

SHELBURNE, VT - About 20 kids and their parents were foresters for a day at Shelburne Farms Saturday, learning the importance of trees to the Vermont economy and the environment. The highlight of the two-hour program was the felling of a 125-year-old Norway spruce in a wood lot near the Farm Barn.

Powerlines Benefit Wildlife and Environment, CT Study Shows

By Sheila Foran, in News

Powerlines, long considered eyesores or, worse, a potential threat to human health, actually serve a vital role in maintaining the health of a significant population, according to research out of the University of Connecticut.

Related story: Conservationists say that many New England powerlines are in danger.

New Habitat Guidelines for Six Species of Eastern Wildlife

The American marten, Bicknell’s thrush, Canada warbler, rusty blackbird, scarlet tanager and wood thrush – six beleaguered northeastern forest animals – should get a boost from a new series of publications explaining how best to create and manage habitat for them.

Forests Take Over Abandoned Fields on Delmarva Peninsula

By Harrison Jackson for Delmarva Now

A disused farm field, an abandoned golf course, a deserted back or side yard – nature has a way of reclaiming areas abandoned by humans, turning old fields, farms and other plots of land back into forests and scrubland.

When an abandoned field remains unused by humans for an extended period of time, it starts to undergo natural succession. Natural succession is the change in the species structure, both flora and fauna, of an ecological community over time.

Workshop on Creating Golden-Winged Warbler Habitat in NJ

By Bruce A. Scruton, New Jersey Herald

A workshop for owners of forestland in northwestern New Jersey will be held on Feb. 15 at the Sussex County Main Library in Frankford to outline programs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to create habitat for endangered species.

Grants Help MA Landowners Improve Habitat, Boost Recreation

By Joel Martinez and Tashanea Whitlow, WWLP

WARE, Mass. – Private landowners Brian and Martha Klassanos of Ware received a $26,750 grant to treat invasive plants, establish grassland habitat and improve shrublands on their Muddy Brook Valley property.

The couple told 22News they applied for the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant in the fall, saying, “There is a lot of natural biodiversity here, and what we’re trying to do is make sure that is stays the way it’s supposed to . . . . We’ve got a lot of rare species and we just want to steward it the proper way.”

Where Have the Ruffed Grouse Gone?

By Jerry Davis for the Wisconsin State Journal

TOWN OF BERRY -- Residents, particularly landowners, living in the driftless (unglaciated) areas of Wisconsin and adjacent states noticed when the whip-poor-wills called less often.

New Plans for Young Forests in New York

by H. Rose Schneider for the Altamont Enterprise

Prescribed burns are scheduled every year at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, once every 10 years for each habitat site. They promote the health of the preserve.

ALBANY COUNTY — It may seem counterintuitive, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to remove trees in various protected areas across New York State.