Hawk Cliff Woods is a very special place, and TTLT has plans to make it even more special.
Some species of birds, including the Endangered Acadian Flycatcher, are considered “forest interior” species, and therefore require large tracts of forest. Hawk Cliff Woods currently has more than 190 acres (77 hectares) of forest in which to breed. Approximately 22 acres (9 hectares) of this is considered deep interior forest. TTLT plans to restore portions of agricultural and scrub land on the property. This work will increase the total amount of forest to 208 acres (84 hectares). The unique configuration of the fields that will be restored means that this modest increase in total forest cover will translate into a substantial expansion in deep interior forest habitat. This strategic restoration will more than double the extent of interior forest to over 55 acres (22 hectares). This will expand the suitable habitat for the Acadian Flycatcher, and other species that thrive only in deep woods, far from forest edges.
Restoration plans also include the creation of meadows and grasslands along the forest edge. These meadows will help sustain populations of insect pollinators, both resident and migrant. Availability of habitat for the Monarch butterfly will be increased. Meadows also provide homes for nesting grassland birds and serve as a stopover site for insect-eating songbirds during migration.
The quality of a natural habitat is negatively impacted by the presence of invasive alien plants. These aggressive exotics threaten native species which require specific habitat conditions to thrive. The removal of invasive species will help to enhance critical habitat and to ensure the success of restoration efforts at Hawk Cliff.
Hawk Cliff Woods Current Forest Hawk Cliff Woods Restored Forest
Update: Over the summer we made a great start on the ecological restoration on the property. A team from Kettle Creek Conservation Authority helped us to plant a white pine shelterbelt along the edge of the north agricultural field.
We have also planted Oak, Hickory, and Plum trees as well as a mix of meadow species in both agricultural fields.
Additionally, we have removed invasive plants including Garlic Mustard, Multiflora Rose, Japanese Barberry, Buckthorn, Autumn Olive, and Phragmites, from the interior forest. We are continuing to remove invasive plants from the rest of the property.
We ask you to please donate generously to the Hawk Cliff Woods campaign. Your donation will support the purchase and stewardship of this incredible property.