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May 2008

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Impact of Climate Change on Terrestrial Over-Wintering Birds

This study investigates the impact of the increasing average winter temperatures and habitat modification on winter populations of terrestrial birds in Massachusetts, based on Christmas Bird Count (CBC) data recorded annually by volunteers for the National Audubon Society. The large archival database of records for birds' species in their winter range was used to examine whether bird species are extending their winter ranges into more northerly regions.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Harvard Forest Forest Canopy Camera Installed

In April Harvard Forest's webcam went online, thanks to a grant to our collaborator, Andrew Richardson, at the University of New Hampshire. The camera, which is mounted at the top of the Environmental Measurement Station (EMS) deep in our Prospect Hill tract, records an image every 15 minutes. The view looks north from the EMS toward Prospect Hill and the fire tower at the top of Propect Hill can easily be seen.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Ecosystem Response to Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infestation

Forest ecologist David Orwig, along with several former and current Harvard Forest collaborators, examined the magnitude of ecosystem response associated with 3 years of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) infestation in southern New England hemlock forests. The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, shows that infested forests had significantly higher HWA-induced foliar loss and significantly lower forest floor C:N ratios and percent soil organic matter than uninfested forests.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

2008-2009 Bullard Fellow Recipients Announced

The Charles Bullard fellowship program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, administration or law. See the complete listing of Bullard Scholars from 1962 - the present. 

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bryant Farm

Bryant House

Harvard Forest recently purchased the farm house, 3 outbuildings and about 8 acres of land from the estate of Richard Bryant, a long time friend of the Harvard Forest. The house is a beautiful ca. 1840 vintage historic cape, with slate roof, barn, garage and other outbuildings. Over time, the goal is to reopen the adjacent pastures to allow small scale farming to return to this historic homestead.