Habitat Fragmentation and Breeding Birds in Connecticut Forests
We’ve all heard the familiar “teacher, teacher, teacher!” call of an Ovenbird when walking in the woods on a spring morning. Ovenbirds are a classic example of an “area-sensitive” species, meaning they rely on large patches of habitat. New research done at the University of Connecticut is looking at the importance of patch size and the impact of habitat fragmentation on Ovenbirds and other area-sensitive species.
This presentation will focus on what habitat fragmentation is, how it reduces bird abundance, and what research is currently being done in Connecticut. Whether you’re interested in birds, citizen science, land use changes, forest preservation, or just want to learn about the ecosystem, you’ll be able to find something of interest in this presentation and discussion. All are welcome.
We are lucky to be joined by Eliza Grames, a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on mechanisms underlying area sensitivity in forest birds of southern New England and is part of a collaborative effort between ecologists studying plants, insects, and birds.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Education Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.