Monday, March 14, 2011

Issues on bird conservation

When it comes to issues of protection of wild birds, habitat destruction is one of the biggest reasons for the decline in many bird populations around the world. Usually we think of deforestation as the most pressing problems in conservation because they are dramatic and gets the most media attention. Grasslands, but less dramatic and less obvious in their importance for conservation of biodiversity are just as quickly lost in many parts of the world. In the northeastern United States. For example, urban expansion and dramatic changes in farming practices over the last 100 years resulted in smaller and more isolated patches of meadows, pastures and native grasslands

Birds that were once so common in rural areas, such as Bobolink, Savannah sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, are harder to find and lesser numbers than ever before seem to occur. Fortunately for the average homeowner with a moderate chunk of open space, there are things you can do with your property to better manage for grassland birds. Of course, not all birds are covered by the management of grassland in small areas.

Species such as Upland Sandpipers require continuous grassland habitat for at least 100 acres to successfully breed, but a good management of areas as small as 10 acres may have a positive effect on other grassland birds. Although an area of ​​less than one hectare can be better managed for birds, but we leave that to a later discussion and focus on management of areas 10-75 acres. Massachusetts Audubon Society offers a number of recommendations for the management of hay meadows that size. Their main recommendation is to avoid cutting hay or harvesting first August. When you leave a field undisturbed until the end of summer, you have less risk of ground-nesting birds to destroy.

But if you have hay mowing or harvesting before that time, the least you can do is to let the edges and strips of mowed your fields UN for nesting birds and cover and feeding areas for adults and young birds from the early summer racing deals. Also, if you have time, there are some areas that the birds often seem more and try to locate active nests, so you can avoid clipping. If you are not interested in reaping a higher quality hay, it's even better if you only mow your fields every other year or even every three years to allow late blooming wildflowers a chance to show up. It is also a good idea for the blades on your mower as high as possible to increase the risk of destroying all active nests to minimize, if you can not wait until after the first August.

You should also avoid twisting the night, so you're not roosting birds disturb and use "blush bars' on hay harvesters birds hidden in the grass ghost. And finally, try to mow in a pattern that leaves untouched connected areas and not isolated each other. These simple practices can make a big difference for grassland birds, so think before you cut and become your own landscaping manager.

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