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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

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. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wildlands and Woodlands: Gaining Ground

The 2008 Update has been released. In this issue, it describes momentum with a diverse constituency which has banded together in the Wildlands and Woodlands Partnership to promote the larger W & W vision. This group has encouraged the formation of regional partnerships focused on land protection and forest stewardship, promoted new policy initiatives to fund broad scale land protection and has worked with a large group of landowners in western Massachusetts to develop a regional forest protection effort.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Garlic Mustard Suppression of Mutualistic Fungi Stronger in North America Than Europe

Harvard Forest Ecologist Kristina Stinson, along with former Bullard Fellow John Klironomos (University of Guelph) and researchers at University of Montana and Wright State University, followed up recent work on the antimicrobial properties of the invasive plant, Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard). Their forthcoming paper in the journal Ecology provides new evidence for a novel mechanism by which garlic mustard disrupts below-ground mutalisms between plants and their beneficial microbes.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Spread and Distribution of Two Invasive Species

Spread and Distribution of Two Invasive Species across Southern New England

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

CT Landscape

The nineteenth annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium will be held March 18, 2008 from 9:00am - 5:00pm at the Harvard Forest. This year's symposium will feature talks and discussion on: New England Landscape Response to Climate Change and Disturbance: Ecosystem Science Addressing Policy Concerns and The Future of Microbial Ecology at Harvard Forest.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Dean Establishes Fund to Support FAS Courses Taught at Harvard Forest

The Forest is pleased to announce that FAS Dean Michael Smith has established a fund to support courses being taught at the Forest by FAS faculty. "The intent of the course is to reimburse the Forest for meals and lodging, thereby removing that financial constraint from department budgets so Cambridge-based courses will be encouraged to take advantage of educational opportunities at the Forest.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Water Use in Hemlocks and Oaks

Water Use by Oak versus Hemlock: Implications for Ecosystem-level Effects of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid