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Study shows forest birds are on decline in Vermont

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Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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A SPARROW HANGS onto spring shoots from a hedgerow in Middlebury recently. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

NORWICH — A 25-year study of Vermont’s forest birds, including woodpeckers, warblers and other iconic species, has documented a 14.2 percent overall population decline, raising concerns about birds and forests alike.

In one of the longest-running studies of its kind in North America, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) also issued practical recommendations for landowners who may want to conserve or manage their forests for bird abundance and diversity. Vermont forests support more than 125 bird species, VCE reported, and more than 47,000 jobs in the state.

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