Important Bird Areas

Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project

Making a difference, together, for the Lyme Forest Block and Eightmile River Watershed
Cerulean Warbler. Photo: Charlie Trapani / Audubon Photography Awards
Important Bird Areas

Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project

Making a difference, together, for the Lyme Forest Block and Eightmile River Watershed

Attention private landowners and residents of the Lyme Forest Block and Eightmile River Watershed! Help us conserve the land and birds you treasure.

Audubon Connecticut and many area partners invite you to learn about birds, woodlands, and watershed-friendly habitat management in your area. With the power of knowledge, you can make a difference. Please join us for the following upcoming events and invite your neighbors to take part in these learning opportunities too. Click on each event link to learn more.

BIRD WALKS

PRESENTATIONS

WORKSHOPS

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WORK DAYS

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More About the Project

In 2016, Audubon Connecticut, in partnership with the State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), recognized the Lyme Forest Block as a landscape-scale Important Bird Area (IBA). This 60,000-acre block includes wooded areas in six towns in southeast Connecticut (East Haddam, Colchester, Lyme, Old Lyme, East Lyme, and Salem) and overlays much of the Eightmile Watershed. The woodlands in this region contain habitat that is important to the Cerulean Warbler and Wood Thrush, the worldwide populations of which are declining drastically, and supports a variety of other woodland-nesting birds identified in Connecticut’s Wildlife Action Plan.

To strengthen the conservation of this area and halt bird population declines, the Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project has launched as a dedicated effort to engage people in the stewardship of a critical 1,200-acre area in and around the Lyme Forest Block IBA. Audubon, in collaboration with the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Watershed Coordinating Committee (ERWSCC), the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, the Town of Lyme, the Old Lyme Land Trust, the Salem Land Trust, the East Lyme Land Trust, the East Haddam Land Trust, the Colchester Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and other organizations, are joining forces to build awareness and promote stewardship of the Eightmile River, the Lyme Forest Block, and the bird species these habitats support.

This goal will be achieved through four program activities: 1) bird walks and presentations; 2) training workshops; 3) work days; and 4) a web page resource. By offering these education, training, and outreach activities, local landowners, community members, and visitors will gain an appreciation for natural resources, feel more connected with their lands, area preserves, and waterways, and actively participate in conservation efforts.

Together, the project partners and the Lyme Forest Block IBA community will bring about positive conservation results that will benefit the birds, other wildlife, and people throughout the area.

Questions: please contact Genevieve Nuttall, Audubon Connecticut Bird Conservation Programs Associate, by email.

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