Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Grant Received for Workshop Support

Aton Forest has received a $2,000 grant from the AKC Fund in support of the many workshops offered at the preserve.  2013 was a ground breaking year for workshops with a total of ten programs covering a variety of topics including: birding, tree identification, ferns, naturalistic landscaping, sedges, grasses, wildflowers, invasive plants, and wild mushrooms.

Larry Weaner leading a workshop on naturalistic landscaping.
We are happy to have the support of the AKC Fund and look forward to a great 2014 workshop schedule.  Keep checking back for announcements in the months to come.

Grant Received for Bird Research

Aton Forest has received a $1,500 grant from Audubon Connecticut to assist in the reestablishment of three interior breeding bird survey lines.  Originally there were five 2km survey lines (50 points in all) throughout the property - two along the road and three transecting various parts of the forest.  Over time the three interior lines were made inaccessible due to blow down and regrowth.  With this grant Aton Forest will re-open these lines so that all five may be utilized.  Data collected from breeding bird surveys as well as winter bird counts will be made available via Aton Forest's eBird account.

Scarlet Tanager - One of Aton Forest's many forest bird species.
We are very appreciative of Audubon's help with this critical part of bird research at the forest.