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16 Years in the Making!

Skiff Mountain South Preserve was named an Important Bird Area. For 15 years, Science Department Chair Laurie Doss and her students have set out mist nets to catch birds, which they would then identify, band, and release them. At least two of the species of birds — cerulean warblers and wood thrushes — are known to be disappearing from Connecticut.

This information was invaluable when Audubon Connecticut was creating two new Important Bird areas in the state: one that encompasses 22,500 acres around Macedonia Brook State Park, Skiff Mountain and Marvelwood School in Kent; the other an 11,000-acre collective that stretches across the Miles Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, owned by Audubon Connecticut, Housatonic Meadows State Park, and sections of the Housatonic State Forest in Sharon.

From Science Department Chair Laurie Doss:

"A huge thanks to the many Marvelwood Students and Kent Land Trust volunteers for helping to collect avian data on Skiff Mountain since 2001. Their hard work and effort contributed scientific data which helped to have Skiff Mountain South Preserve designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) within the landscape level Macedonia Forest Block!"

Read more about the efforts of the Marvelwood and local communities in helping to make this important and exciting distinction a reality, and check out photos of the many volunteers who helped out over the years on our Facebook page.

oven bird  cerulean warbler