Molly Interprets the Birds

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  The birds that live in and pass through the Hyla Woods forests have much to tell us about the changing health and condition of the forests – if we are paying attention. Our belief in this is the reason why we have worked hard over the past 15 years to understand what the birds […]

Our Best Year of Bird Research Yet

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A combination of key factors caused this to be our most effective and rewarding year of bird research since we began monitoring fifteen years ago.  Cooperative weather, excellent birding helpers, a smoothly running system for coordinating the counts – and – most importantly – the remarkable range of birds that live in and pass through […]

Oak Restoration – A Major Milestone Reached

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We are fortunate in having remarkable oak stands in our Mt. Richmond Forest.  Conserving these oaks requires active management by us.  They are only there as a result of active human management over hundreds of years – in the form of native Americans regularly and deliberately burning the lands in order to keep competing trees, […]

Students Complete Yearlong Ecological Research

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The second graders of Catlin Gabel School helped us get started on a project that we’ve been keen to focus on for years.  Guided by their simple, central questions of “who’s home?” and “how do the organisms depend on one another?”, the students, supported by their courageous teachers and adult helpers, spent their 2013-14 school […]