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Helping Connecticut’s Native Cottontail Rabbits

By Andrea Petrullo, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

There's plenty of good news out of Connecticut, where conservationists are working hard to help New England cottontails and other young forest wildlife sharing the habitat with the state’s native cottontail rabbit.

Rabbit Leavings

Throughout most of New England and eastern New York, biologists, field technicians, volunteers, and private landowners have joined forces in a regional monitoring program to locate populations of New England cottontails.

Audubon NY Publishes Guide for Forest Bird Habitat

Innovative guide offers comprehensive habitat management
tools for private and public New York land managers

How a Forest Creates and Re-Creates Itself

By Joe Rankin in the Burlington, VT, Free Press

A few years ago, I started an observational experiment in forest succession on a couple of acres where we once pastured sheep and goats. Rocky and wet, without livestock, the land was hard to keep cleared. So I let the forest recreate itself and just watched the process unfold.

It’s a process that has taken place across much of the Northeast since the mid-1800s.

Poorer Health in Migrating Catbirds That Eat Fruits from Invasives?

Need another reason to get rid of non-native, invasive shrubs and to plant or otherwise encourage native shrubs in your yard or when conducting a habitat management project?

A recent study (see attachment below) by scientists compared the health of migrating gray catbirds -- primarily berry and fruit feeders -- that spend time in habitats where mostly exotic berries are available, such as those from non-native bush honeysuckle and autumn olive, versus habitats where they can fuel up on native berries like spicebush, winterberry, and gray dogwood.

Young Forests for Future Hoosiers

The following letter to the editor, signed by 14 scientists working on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, appeared in the Lafayette, Indiana, Journal and Courier on October 13, 2017

A recent letter (“Timber harvest not needed for forest health”, Oct. 3) from the Indiana Forest Alliance made some claims with which we agree.

NY Young Forest Initiative Will Expand Woodland Diversity

By Michael Burger

Letter to the editor in Albany Times Union:

I am writing in response to the "Observation Deck" quote from Moisha Blechman regarding New York's Young Forest Initiative.

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Takes Flight in VT

Walk in the Woods program helps folks learn how increasing forest structure and diversity can enhance wildlife habitat

From Vermont Biz

NH Urges: Report Your Rabbit Sightings

NH Citizen Science Project Asks the Public to Submit Information and Photographs

DURHAM, NH -- If you see a rabbit, report it!

Grants to Boost Young Forests in NH

By David Brooks, Concord Monitor.

When it comes to convincing the public to support the ecosystem known as early successional forests, Scot Williamson of the Wildlife Management Institute knows he’s got a problem.

NH Fish and Game to Take Ownership of Cottontail Habitat

By Michael Cousineau, New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — The endangered New England cottontail has found a friend in the state Fish and Game Department, which soon is expected to own a prime piece of the rabbit’s habitat.

The Fish and Game Department said it is glad to take over ownership of 57 acres of conservation land near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, saving the airport about $30,000 a year.

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