[CT Birds] Fields?

eyeflight16 at optonline.net eyeflight16 at optonline.net
Mon Jun 1 19:03:33 EDT 2009

I believe that grassland is the 2nd most endangered habitat in Connecticut. I think that we need to preserve this habitat, so we can have grassland species here in Connecticut. Just because there are plenty of fields elsewhere doesn't mean we shouldn't help the fields in Connecticut. There used to be quite a bit more fields than there are today.

James Randall

----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis Varza 
Date: Monday, June 1, 2009 12:51 pm
Subject: [CT Birds] Fields?
To: Posting Bird List 

> 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
> FairFIELD 
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