Bat House Installation Program
Several bat species reside on our property but are declining in the state/region. One popular technique to monitor bats is by using bat houses. We have selected over 50 locations for bat houses on our property. The houses have been built by Torrington High School Technology Education classes and Wamogo Agricultural Education Natural Resources Program. Interns and volunteers are currently installing the bat houses throughout the property. The monitoring program will extend for several subsequent years after this initial setup and it will be carried out by the members and other volunteers.
Cavity Nesting Birds Conservation
We have been managing bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds (wood duck, hooded mergansers, tree swallows, etc.) for many years on the property. We have been highly successful because we have been continually upgrading and improving our methods. We have stream-lined the procedure enough to offer an ideal model. These birds are commonly observed by our members, but more importantly they observe how a successful management program conserves important species that indicate critical habitats throughout the refuge.
Non-native Invasive Species Management
We developed and initiated a plan to manage and eradicate all non-native invasive species for the property in November 2002. We have suspended all planting of all non-native species and demonstrate this practice in the gardens near the museum. Tenants were informed and asked to plant native species around their leased properties. We control large populations/stands when time and money allow, by starting in the Museum vicinity. Management and eradication will continue throughout the property in subsequent years. Invasive plants are removed during timber harvests and monitored during Forest Inventory.
Noteworthy Species Observations Database
Several species serves as ecological indicators of habitat quality. Their presence and the rate that we encounter these species indicate regions commonly referred to as critical habitats that we conserve on the property. We record these casual observations made on White Memorial's 4000 acres so that we can conserve these critical habitats in perpetuity. If you are interested in learning more about these species, click here, or if you observe these species that you inform White Memorial's staff as soon as possible. (click here).