Wildlife Habitat Work

Early Successional Wildlife Habitat

We have been busy here at the Warren Farm, learning and working to create a better habitat for our birds and animals. We started this work in the early 90's specifically to deal with a swamp that was flooded by beavers.  We learned that a swamp that had the trees killed could be used to enhance the habitat for ducks and geese.  It also aided songbirds and herons. By creating flyways we encouraged the birds to nest here.  All work has been successful. Later as we opened agricultural land to increase crop areas, we also created edge habitat and used the lower areas of our fields to create pockets of early successional habitat.  All these changes further encouraged songbirds.  As results encouraged us to do more, we have purposely created early successional habitat areas with the help of the NRCS. We are currently in the middle of a project which will lead to a larger contiguous early successional area and hopefully provide habitat to many species that desperately need this type of habitat. As of July 19 2012, we have finished creating 12 acres of additional early successional habitat. Thanks go to Honor Lawler and Dan Wright, both from NRCS, for their efforts to help us through this process and to find funding to help us do this habitat work.  We also have followed farming practices that are best for the whole environment. Our current inventory (sighted, identified, and chronicled by Scott Young) of birds sighted here at the Warren Farm is 150 species including 29 early successional songbird species which are nesting here. This list is available for viewing on this site. We have an abundance of woodcock. We have a plethora of reptiles ( snakes, salamanders, turtles) and game.  From mice to moose, it is common to see critters.

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