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Bicknell's Thrush Considered For Endangered Species List

08/22/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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In this photo released by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, a Bicknell's thrush is seen on East Mountain in East Haven, in July of 2005.

 

In the scraggly high-elevation forests of our region, the Bicknell’s Thrush makes its summer home. But threats to both its summer habitat in the northeast and its winter habitat in Hispaniola are causing a decline in the tiny songbird's population. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering placing the bird under protection of the federal Endangered Species Act. We talk with Chris Rimmer of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Mollie Matteson of the Center for Biological Diversity about the impact that human development and climate change have on the  Bicknell’s Thrush.

Also in the program, how the Vermont FoodBank makes use of extra farm produce that otherwise would go to waster. We learn how the FoodBank works with farms and volunteers in their gleaning program to redirect 400,000 pounds of high quality produce to hungry families in the state.

And, we visit the Bread and Puppet Circus in Glover for a lesson in puppeteering in this week's installment of Summer School.

 

 

Bicknell's Thrush and its young.

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