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Birding Habitat Enhancement Projects at Deer Pond Farm

Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Michael Audette

In 2019, two grants were awarded to Deer Pond Farm to enhance birding habitat. The Hollis Declan Leverette Memorial Fund and the Robert F. Schumann Foundation grants will provide wildflower pockets and shrub and small tree to increase diversity and abundance of native birds.

January 25, 2019 – The Connecticut Audubon Society will develop a three-acre native bird sanctuary within their Deer Pond Farm in Sherman, thanks to a $10,000 matching grant from the Hollis Declan Leverett Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.

Connecticut Audubon Society will introduce early successional wildflower meadows with pockets of shrubs and small trees to increase diversity and abundance of native and desirable bird species at the site. The new habitat will replace the dead and dying white ash grove, which is succumbing to an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer.

Foundation funds will also cover the development and installation of permanent interpretive signs. These will highlight ecological attributes of the area, and will educate visitors about how they also may be able to improve habitat for birds and other wildlife. Work on this grant will begin in the spring and be completed by winter.

The location of the new garden is at a spot where several trails converge, making it easily accessible to the preserve’s visitors. Over time, it is expected that the new Garden/Birding Hot Spot will become a top destination for hikers and birdwatchers throughout Connecticut.

The project builds on pollinator garden and invasive species management efforts already underway in other sections of Deer Pond Farm.

“This project represents an amazing opportunity to attract desirable birdlife, return native vegetation to the site, and to engage our visitors,” said Cathy Hagadorn, Director of Deer Pond Farm. “We are honored to have Hollis Declan Leverett Memorial Fund as our partner to improve native bird habitats in western Connecticut.”

Connecticut Audubon Society’s mission is to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. Deer Pond Farm is our newest and largest sanctuary at 835 acres.

Hollis Declan Leverett Memorial Fund is named in honor of Hollis Declan Leverett, an avid birder, who died prematurely as a young adult. The foundation was created by his parents, Hollis M. and Helen E. Leverett, in his memory.

July 1, 2019 – The Connecticut Audubon Society will be enhancing a three-acre native bird habitat area within their Deer Pond Farm sanctuary in Sherman, thanks to a $13,000 matching grant from the Robert F. Schumann Foundation, a Wells Fargo Bank N.A. fund.

Connecticut Audubon Society will introduce early successional wildflower meadows with pockets of shrubs and small trees to increase diversity and abundance of native bird species at the site. The new habitat structure will replace the dead and dying white ash grove, which has succumbed to an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer. Work on this project began this spring and will continue through to the next growing season.

The location of the project is at a spot where several trails converge, making it easily accessible to the sanctuary’s visitors. Over time, it is expected that this site will become a top destination for hikers and birdwatchers throughout Connecticut.

The project builds on pollinator garden and invasive species management efforts already underway in other sections of Deer Pond Farm. Schumann Foundation funds will be matched by a $10,000 Hollis Declan Leverett Fund grant and Deer Pond Farm operating funds bequeathed by the estate of Kathryn D. Wriston.

“The Schumann Foundation’s partnership is a true endorsement of our efforts to create a top birding destination in Connecticut,” said Cathy Hagadorn, Director of Deer Pond Farm. “By enhancing the habitat value for birds within the area, this project will provide improved food and shelter access for year-round birds, and increase abundance and diversity of overwintering and migratory bird species.”

Connecticut Audubon Society’s mission is to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. Deer Pond Farm is our newest and largest sanctuary at 835 acres.

The Robert F. Schumann Foundation was established by Mr. Schumann out of his beliefs that the environment is essential to sustain the future of the planet, that education is essential to solve many quality of life issues for society, and that arts and cultural programs offer society hope and the ability to dream. For more information, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/private-foundations/schumann-foundation/

 

 

 

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