The white-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus) is a locally common to common breeder in the southern part of BCR 14. It prefers extensive low shrubby vegetation, brambles and saplings with interspersed taller trees on 10 to 20 percent of the habitat area. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

Habitat Needs

This vireo prefers dense secondary deciduous scrub, the thick understory of bottomland forests, open woodlands or thickets within or near wetlands.

Its territory size ranges from about ½ to 5 acres.

Habitat Management Practices

Create or maintain areas of deciduous bottomland or lowland forest with a sparse canopy and a dense sapling understory.

When assessing properties for habitat potential, look for Peru, Dixfield, Gilmanton, Howland, Metacomet, Pittstown, Scituate, Skerry, or Woodbridge soils. There may be other similar soils in the southern part of BCR 14.

Silvicultural Practices

  • A three-cut shelterwood system with a deferred removal harvest is an option to manage for the preferred habitat condition.
  • Alternatively, use a seed tree cut with a delayed removal.

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