Scientific Study

Within our Strategic Plan 2020, a key stewardship priority is to manage our lands for biodiversity.  In order to accomplish this, Steep Rock Association (SRA) applies science-based knowledge of our land’s natural resources and wild inhabitants.  A broad spectrum of research has been performed on the preserves by state biologists, professional contractors, SRA staff, and trained citizen scientists.  The data acquired allows us to make informed decisions on all aspects of our mission from prioritizing preservation, planning recreational use, to enhancing habitat.  Below is a list of topics SRA has investigated along with acquired data and developed protocols where appropriate.

2019 Internships: A Summer of Inspiration

Are you a high school or college student who loves the outdoors and want to gain experience in gardening or conservation work, all while getting paid? Build your resume and gain real-world skills in agriculture or outdoor recreation and conservation by applying for one of Steep Rock Association’s 2019 summer internship programs: Judea Garden Intern …

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Scientific Study

Within our Strategic Plan 2020, a key stewardship priority is to manage our lands for biodiversity.  In order to accomplish this, Steep Rock Association (SRA) applies science-based knowledge of our land’s natural resources and wild inhabitants.  A broad spectrum of research has been performed on the preserves by state biologists, professional contractors, SRA staff, and …

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With snowshoes strapped, baggies at the ready, and GPS fixed, I head out into one of Steep Rock Association’s (SRA) preserves characterized as overgrown field rejoicing my career choices and the presence of such preserved land.  A cold-water stream runs through it.  Seeps percolate from tall grass and alder groves, wind past cedar trees, and …

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AN ULTRASONIC EAR to the NIGHT SKY

AN ULTRASONIC EAR to the NIGHT SKY

Bats not only flap webbed digits to get around. They also use echolocation to navigate through their surroundings and capture insects, rapidly emitting high-frequency pulses of sound and interpreting the echo produced when they bounce off nearby objects.  This behavior allows for non-invasive sampling through a method known as acoustic monitoring.  Detectors housing a microphone …

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TEEMING WITH LIFE

TEEMING WITH LIFE

Peeps and quacks of breeding amphibians are beginning to permeate our woodlands.  Follow them and you will find a vernal pool, pond, or stream in healthy spring form.  Steep Rock Association has put forth much effort investigating the amphibian community utilizing these aquatic habitats.  For those who missed it, below is an article from the VISTA Summer 2015 Newsletter summarizing …

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BLACK BEARS branching out in LITCHFIELD COUNTY

A broad black mass foraging in a foliated landscape is becoming a common sight as Connecticut’s bear population continues to grow. This species was extirpated from the state in the 1800s, seen as a threat to livestock roaming the cleared hillsides.  With farms abandoned and fields regenerated, Connecticut again offers suitable habitat for bears.  High …

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WOOLLY ADELGID and the EASTERN HEMLOCK

WOOLLY ADELGID and the EASTERN HEMLOCK

Updated September 1, 2016 All trails on our preserves are in the process of being clipped of encroaching vegetation and cleared of woody material.  Oftentimes in mixed hardwood coniferous forest, an eastern hemlock bordering a trail will branch out into the opening and need to be trimmed back.  One consideration to take into account is …

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