BIODIVERSITY AT GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST

GMF supports an abundance of diverse wildlife species, such as resident white-tailed deer, moose, black bear, turkey populations, nesting sites for neotropical migrants, and migratory waterfowl. The forest cover provides a habitat for a diverse furbearer population, both predator and non-predator. Perennial streams and ponds, wetlands, and vernal pools contain healthy beaver, amphibian, reptile, fish, and other aquatic life.

Sustainable forest management practices provide niche habitat requirements for species to thrive. This is done through tree and brush cutting rotations to create early successional habitats.

GMF has seven ponds covering over 78 acres of the Forest. There are 341 acres of swamp and wetland, which creates superb wildlife habitat and provides some measure of flood and fire control.

SPECIES IN THE FOREST

A diverse array of animals, birds, insects, and plants call GMF home. This diversity is indicative of the forest’s health and the role GMF plays in maintaining and promoting vibrant ecosystems. Click on the links below for more information about species found at GMF.

Mammals Observed at Great Mountain Forest
Vascular Plants at Great Mountain Forest
Butterflies of Great Mountain Forest
Birds Observed at Great Mountain Forest

BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

Great Mountain Forest has a long history of supporting forest research. Many research institutions and their affiliates utilize GMF because of its locale, long-term ownership, diverse ecosystems and continuous weather collection data for the past 90 years.

Here is a list of past and current research on Biodiversity.

Download GMF BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

AUDUBON CT FOREST BIRD HABITAT ASSESSMENT

Audubon biologists, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) technicians, and a Connecticut licensed forester conducted this assessment to determine what birds are currently utilizing GMF habitats, describe and assess current forest bird habitat conditions in the Forest, and make recommendations for protecting and improving habitat for a suite of priority forest birds.

Download GMF song bird assessment 2016