[CT Birds] Shepaug Forest Block Recognized as an Important Bird Area by Audubon Connecticut

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 09:42:55 EDT 2016

Thank YOU, Corrie!  Congratulations.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 9:23 AM, Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Dear CT Birders,
>   Just wanted to share some good news.   Today, in partnership with Steep
> Rock Association, Roxbury Land Trust, and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust,
> Audubon Connecticut is recognizing a new Important Bird Area, the Shepaug
> Forest Block.   See below for more info.
> Thank you!
> Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe
> Audubon CT
> Cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
> Shepaug Forest Block Recognized as an Important Bird Area
> Greenwich, Conn. - September 10, 2016 - Audubon Connecticut, the state
> office of the National Audubon Society, has recognized a forested landscape
> that spans 15 miles of the Shepaug River as an Important Bird Area (IBA).
>   The Shepaug Forest Block is a landscape-level Important Bird Area. "It
> is different from many previously recognized IBAs in its size, nearly
> 14,000 acres, and in the number of landowners" says, Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe,
> Audubon Connecticut's IBA Program Coordinator. "Any landowners that are
> within the boundary of this landscape are eligible for the benefits of
> recognizing their properties as part of the IBA, including eligibility for
> IBA small grants or utilizing the IBA status as a way to bolster other
> grant applications."
>   This IBA stretches from Lake Waramaug, to Steep Rock Association's
> Macricostas, Hidden Valley, and Steep Rock Preserves, to Roxbury Land
> Trust's Carter and Mine Hill Preserve, and includes preserves and easements
> held by the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust. "Working together, we hope to
> build awareness on the value of this landscape for birds and other
> wildlife" explains Lori Paradis Brant, Executive Director of Steep Rock
> Association.
>   The Shepaug River and its tributaries are a very important area for the
> Louisiana Waterthrush (a species of continental concern). The IBA also
> provides important habitat for Northern Goshawk (state concern) and
> Whip-or-will (continental concern) and includes many habitat types
> recognized by the State of Connecticut as Critical Habitat. Lastly, the IBA
> includes Lake Waramaug, which hosts thousands of Common Mergansers each
> year during spring migration.
>   "Knowing that our preserves are important to species of continental and
> state concern will help guide our stewardship efforts," says Susan Payne,
> Executive Director of Roxbury Land Trust. "We look forward to learning more
> about these species and their habitat needs."
>   "The designation also helps land trusts identify ecologically valuable
> properties for permanent protection" notes Catherine Rawson, Executive
> Director of Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust.
>   The overall goal of Audubon Connecticut's IBA program is to identify a
> network of key areas in the state that support sustainable populations of
> birds in greatest need of conservation. Once an area is identified, Audubon
> Connecticut works with landowners, other conservation partners, and the
> public to increase awareness about birds and the importance of the area to
> greatest conservation need species, improve habitat in the area, and find
> funding to support these efforts.
> Contact
> Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe, 203-233-0535
> Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society with
> more than 9,000 members in the state, works to protect birds, other
> wildlife, and their habitats through education, research, conservation, and
> legislative advocacy for the benefit
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