[CT Birds] Fields?
sharonorganist at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 1 13:07:57 EDT 2009
Since grassland birds are decreasing throughout the country (or so I understand), doesn't it make sense to preserve their habitat anywhere?
> Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 12:51:32 -0400
> From: dennisvz at optonline.net
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Fields?
> Hi Folks
> Why are people so concerned about grassland birds in Connecticut?
> Connecticut is part of the eastern deciduous forest where grasslands
> are an anomaly. Under "natural" conditions they are the result of
> fire (natural and man made) and flooding (including beaver meadows).
> When they are created they are subject to succession and have a short
> life time.
> The only reason fields are in Connecticut now, is as an artifact of
> past farming. Every species found in our “Grasslands” is far more
> common elsewhere. It seems to me that we are artificially
> constructing and maintaining these “Grasslands” to keep token
> populations for the benefit of bird-watchers.
> A more relevant problem for me is the fragmentation of our woodlands
> which has been well studied. I have never been to this Cabela Field,
> but I would guess that it might be better used as a bottom land
> forest, restoring habitat that is likely rare.
> Dennis Varza
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