Recent News

Winter Ticks a Threat to Vermont Moose

By Lawrence Pyne for the Burlington Free Press

A tiny blood-sucking parasite is proving to be a big threat to moose, but just how big a bite winter ticks are having in Vermont no one really knows. That’s something state wildlife officials hope to change starting this winter, when Vermont will join a “capture-and-collar” moose mortality study that New Hampshire and Maine began in 2014.

Audubon Report Finds CT Birds Need Humans’ Help

By Angela Carella, Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — Winter officially started last week, when people tend to take pity on birds and set up feeders to help them survive the biting cold.

Birds in the state could use an abundance of human compassion.

USFWS to Quadruple Size of Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge

By Mike Polhamus, Vermont Digger

A national wildlife refuge with around 26,000 acres in northern Vermont’s Essex County could expand dramatically over the coming decades, according to a long-range plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now in its final stages.

Rutgers Student's Crowd-Source Campaign to Fund Woodcock Research

NEWARK, NJ: What happens when birds breed in old industrial sites? Kathleen Farley, a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Rutgers-Newark, has begun a study of the American woodcock, a shorebird adapted to living in wooded uplands, after finding numbers of these birds breeding on post-industrial sites in New Jersey.

Timbering in OH State Forests Vital to Wildlife, Economy

By Mark Jones, from the Cincinnati Enquirer

Regarding “It’s time to stop logging in state’s forests” (letters, Nov. 21): I consider myself an avid environmental activist in addition to being an enthusiastic bird watcher and hunter. Logging Ohio’s state forests is vital for wildlife and the “life enriching benefits” of being outdoors.

After the Fire, How Does a Forest Grow?

By Mark Washburn for the Charlotte Observer

LAKE LURE, NC – First off, Bambi is just fine.

Woodland critters such as deer and bear packed up and left imperiled wildfire areas far more cooperatively than did their human neighbors, who in some cases had to be run off by the cops with evacuation orders.

Second off, the 7,100 acres scorched by the wildfire at Lake Lure – like most of the other timberland burning in mountainous western North Carolina – will likely spring back to life next year with renewed vigor.

NRCS Adds New Target Species to Working Lands for Wildlife

The Working Lands for Wildlife program of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers restore and protect habitat on privately owned farms, ranches and working forests.

NH Timber Harvest Will Create Patches of Young Forest

CONCORD – The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has begun a timber harvest on 65 acres of land that the nonprofit organization owns on the western side of the lower slopes of Mt. Monadnock near Shaker Farm Road in Jaffrey. The harvest is the first of several to be completed in stages over the next several years, affecting a total of about 250 acres.

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge to Include Maine Lands

By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News

Maine is one of six northeastern states included in the plan for the new Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, a first-of-its-kind conservation project that was approved in October by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The new refuge, which may reach up to 15,000 acres in size, will be dedicated to managing shrubland and young forests, habitats that a suite of wildlife species depend on for survival.

Quality Habitat May Lessen West Nile Virus Effects in PA Ruffed Grouse

By the Ruffed Grouse Society and Pennsylvania Game Commission

Recent research into West Nile virus in Pennsylvania's ruffed grouse suggests a strong need for landscape-scale creation of young forest habitat to help this popular gamebird thrive.