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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

"In 2013, with the help of a $15,000 Innovations and Collaborations grant from the Community Foundation, Audubon teamed up with Vermont’s Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation and the Vermont Maple Sugar Maker’s Association to launch the Bird Friendly Maple Project, an effort to encourage sustainable sugarbush management practices"................"High demand for maple syrup has tempted some producers to remove non-maple trees from their sugarbushes—it’s a good strategy to maximize sap production, at least in the short term".......... "But it leaves something out as the sugarbush is a forest ecosystem that provides multiple benefits, including homes for many kinds of birds"................ "And maple monocultures provide lower quality habitat than a sugarbush with a variety of tree species"............." Birds thrive best in environments with lots of different nooks and crannies to hide, forage, and raise their young".................. "They need structural diversity—different sizes and shapes of plants, rocks, fallen logs, and so on"............. "And they need biological diversity—different species of plants and insects and other critters to eat and share resources with"............. "That same structural and biological diversity that is better for the birds is also better for the trees"................. "According to Audubon Vermont Conservation Biologist Steve Hagenbuch, sugarbushes made up of at least 20% tree species other than sugar maple are less likely to suffer major losses from sugar maple insects or diseases"......... "And growing young trees under the older ones offers great places to nurture baby birds, while ensuring a future for the bush"........... "Biodiversity increases the resilience of the forest over the long term, in part by providing healthy habitat for the birds that help manage insect populations and other potential threats to forest health"........... "These things, in turn, are also ultimately better for the humans who harvest from the woods"


Syrup and sweet sounds: 

Maple producers keep an eye out for birds

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