Mashpee, MA – The Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge continues to be a rare bright spot for two species: the Northern long-eared bat and the New England cottontail. And the management of the refuge may have helped with their survival.
That was the message from a talk at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Monday, April 17, entitled “Bats & Bunnies: Managing Habitat for Seldom Seen Mammals.”
(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.
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, 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.
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.
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.”