While the environment of the northeastern United States is most often associated with forest and woodlands, fields and meadows are also an important habitat in the area. When forest trees are cleared by fire, flooding, weather, or age, the open spaces become fields and meadows. Eventually, these areas will turn back into forest as new plants begin to colonize the land. Early successional scrub habitat is the transition stage between meadow and forest.
|Common Yellowthroats are one of many warbler species |
that depend on scrub habitat. Photo by Vincent Smith
|Brown Thrashers are another species associated |
with scrub habitat. Photo by Vincent Smith
As part of this project, we'll be posting regularly to update our members and the community on its progress. We'll also be posting articles detailing the importance of early successional scrub habitat and the birds and other wildlife that depend on it for their survival. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time for this project can contact VFAS through the contact page on our website or by calling us at 610-666-5593.
Since 2008, over $5.5 million in Together Green Innovation Grants funding has been awarded to more than 200 environmental projects nationwide. This year’s grant projects will receive over $1 million in funding and will involve more than 500 partner organizations nationwide. Many of the projects focus on engaging audiences that have traditionally been under-served by the conservation movement, from landowners to religious institutions to inner city students. For more details about the 2012 Audubon Toyota Together Green Innovation Grants projects, visit: www.togethergreen.org/grants.