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conservation biologist for Audubon Vermont. "They
winter in Mexico, Central America, South America,
and Caribbean islands."
The forest birds nesting in the region include both
species that have experienced long-term declines -
such as the wood thrush - as well as species that are
holding steady or increasing - such as the ovenbird
and the black-throated blue warbler.
Conservation is important for all of these species,
Hagenbuch says. Northern forests provide as much
as 90 percent of the breeding habitat for dozens of
species of migratory birds, such as the Bicknell's
thrush and the Canada warbler. Both protecting
declining species and keeping the common species
common requires a healthy forest habitat.
"It's a proactive form of conservation, opposed to
the typical form of conservation where you wait until
they are in trouble," Hagenbuch says.
A century ago, Vermont was extensively logged.
That means that today, most of Vermont's forests
are young and structurally simple, he says. A mature
forest is a complex forest, with towering trees above,
shrubs below, sunny openings and large dead trees.
"Given enough time, all this will happen on its own,"
says Hagenbuch. "But with forest management we
can accomplish that more quickly. Birds will get the
habitat they need, and, hopefully, the landowners get
some financial benefit as well."
The Stones are like many southern Vermont
landowners in wanting to conserve this important
forest habitat. A 2016 survey of nearly 8,000 southern
Vermont woodland owners found that 78 percent
reported that enhancing bird and wildlife habitat
was either important or very important to their
families. The Woods, Wildlife and Warblers program
was created out of this meeting of opportunity and
interest.
Forester Kathy Beland marking a timber harvest on Dan and Pat Stone's property
in Wallingford, VT, as part of the Woods, Wildlife, and Warblers project.
Photo credit: Audubon VT

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The Wildlife Connection
Last year, Kathleen Wanner, director of Vermont
Woodlands and Vermont Tree Farmer, and Nathan
Truitt, vice president of strategic partnerships at
the American Forest Foundation, traveled around
Vermont talking with landowners, foresters, people in
the forest products business, and state government.
"We found that wildlife in general and birds in
particular are a great way to engage landowners,"
says Wanner. "We met with Jim Shallow, managing
director of Audubon Vermont, to create a partnership
to increase landowner engagement about wildlife and
birds."
The idea dovetailed with Audubon Vermont's
Forest Bird Initiative, which works with landowners,
foresters and others to support forest management
that benefits about 40 different species of migratory
forest birds that nest in the region. The new Woods,



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodlands - Fall 2017

Overstory
Tools and Resources
Forests and Families
A Legacy to Keep
From Forests to Fermentation
Feathering a Forested Nest
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - intro
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover1
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover2
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 3
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Overstory
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Tools and Resources
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Forests and Families
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 21
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 22
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 23
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - A Legacy to Keep
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 29
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - From Forests to Fermentation
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 33
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Feathering a Forested Nest
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