Did you know that Connecticut's woodlands are home to some of the highest concentration of bird species breeding in the continental United States? In 2016, the Lyme Forest Block, which includes Lyme, Connecticut, was recognized by National Audubon Society and the state of Connecticut as an Important Bird Area. Unfortunately, many birds are experiencing long-term population declines in the area, but local landowners and residents can learn how to help halt these declines.
Come learn about enhancing wildlife habitat for songbirds, wild turkeys, and beneficial insects. Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone, from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), will share with you his knowledge and insights on creating/improving/enhancing wildlife habitat in your surroundings. You will learn about Connecticut’s valuable native plants and how they can be used to make a better environment. Mr. Picone will give a powerpoint presentation and illustrate the inextricable link between plants and animals.
This free event is co-sponsored by Audubon Connecticut, the Lyme Land Trust, and the Town of Lyme and is part of a Presentation Series offered by the Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project—an initiative launched by Audubon Connecticut, in partnership with the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee, The Nature Conservancy, local land trusts, and municipalities.
More About the Project: The Lyme Forest Block Important Bird Area (IBA) is a woodland habitat in six towns in southeastern Connecticut (East Haddam, Colchester, Lyme, Old Lyme, East Lyme, and Salem). The goal of the Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project is to engage landowners in the IBA and teach them about forest birds and bird-friendly woodland management (especially for Wood Thrush and Cerulean Warbler).
We invite the community to participate in a series of bird walks, presentations, workshops, and work days in each of the six towns over the next year with the hope that landowners will attend the events and gain useful knowledge about birds and habitat management. To learn more and view the project event list, visit the Lyme Forest Conservation Project web page.