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CT Cottontail Conservationists Expand Focus to All Young Forest Wildlife

By Andrea Petrullo, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

USDA, Partners to Invest Millions in Large-Scale, Targeted Conservation Projects

New Hampshire leads $5.2 million regional Young Forest Initiative For At-Risk Species, including the New England cottontail.


Why We Should Be Cutting More Trees

By Joe Smith for Cool Green Science

Throughout their lives and even within a single day, American Woodcock are citizens of many habitats.

By day they forage in forest, probing the soft soil with their bill in search of worms and insects.

Many Maine Endangered Species Need Young Forest

By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News

(Note: Many of the wild animals listed in this article require young forest habitat, which has been dwindling in Maine and other Eastern and Midwestern states.)

A wide diversity of animals call Maine home, and many of those animals are getting along just fine. But there are a number of creatures that are becoming scarce, and when their numbers dip low enough, they’re placed on the Maine State List of Threatened and Endangered Species.

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 Phys.org 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.

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