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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 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.

Soil Classification and Distribution

Native American Archaeology

Rare Plants and Critical Habitats

Eastern Hemlock Fitness, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Assessment, and Biological Control

Census of Butterflies and Dragonflies

Macroinvertebrate and Fish Sampling

Water Quality and Temperature Monitoring

Census of Breeding and Wintering Birds

Wintering Bald Eagle Surveys

Cavity Nesting Bird Monitoring

Amphibian and Reptile Surveys

Vernal Pool Monitoring

Acoustic Bat Monitoring

Marsh Bird Callback Surveys

Black Bear Population Density

Bobcat Tracking

 

Resources

Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan

www.ct.gov/deep/wildlifeactionplan

Connecticut Invasive Plant List

https://cipwg.uconn.edu/invasive_plant_list/

Connecticut Natural Resource Maps and Geospatial Data

http://www.cteco.uconn.edu/maps.htm