Grassland Bird Conservation in VT – Lecture and Slideshow – Friday, January 14, 7:00 PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier

Posted on Sunday 2 January 2011

This is the first in the  2011 Naturalist Journeys Lecture & Slideshow Series, sponsored by North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier.  

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On January 14, North Branch Nature Center begins their  winter series with Grassland Bird Conservation in Vermont. Our state is home to a suite of 9 species of birds that nest in our hayfields, pastures, and recently abandoned agricultural land. These species have shown steep, long-term population declines as a result of changes in land use practices. In 2002, Allan Strong and Noah Perlut began a study to examine the effects of agricultural management practices on grassland birds.  Their research into the breeding biology of these species has led to a suite of management practices that are designed to simultaneously maintain grassland bird populations without affecting the farmer’s bottom line.

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