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Wildlife Habitat Mapping

In 2007, the Town of Hyde Park was selected to receive two grants to assess and map ecologically significant wildlife habitat throughout nearly 8000 acres of the town. 

The first project involved mapping of over 4000 acres north of South Cross and Fallkill Roads. This project was conducted by the professional biologists of Hudsonia, Ltd., using aerial photos as well as field studies.

** Click here to read the full report! **

A workshop to share the results with residents will be held on January 13. See the Events page for details.

 

The second project focused on educating a team of Hyde Park residents on the identification of biodiversity resources. Members of the CAC, Planning Board and Shade Tree Commission volunteered their time to participate in a year-long training program. In addition to producing a habitat assessment of a 3000 acre portion of the town, the team gained the skills necessary to evaluate habitat quality at other sites.

 

Wildlife Habitat Conservation

To learn more about specific species or habitat types:

New York Natural Heritage Program

Hudsonia's Habitat Fact Sheets

 

Backyard wildlife habitat ideas:

NWF Garden for Wildlife Program

NRCS Wildlife Habitat Tip Sheet

 

Opportunities for forest owners:

NYS Private Forest Management Program

 

Conservation easements:

Winnakee Land Trust

Dutchess Land Conservancy

 

(These links are provided for information purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the Town of Hyde Park or the CAC.)

 

BAT class

Volunteers from Town committees learn to use stereophotos to predict ecosystem types. (Photo by Hudsonia, Ltd.)

 

BAT class

Volunteers learn to identify critical wildlife habitat in the field. (Photo by Hudsonia, Ltd.)

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