Many of Ontario’s species at risk – such as grassland birds – make their homes in farmers’ fields.
In honour of Earth Day this week, here’s a glimpse at a program that lets rural landowners do their part to protect those species.
Attempts to protect habitats for grassland birds can be a hard sell to farmers, especially if it involves taking existing fields out of production.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), however, is hoping for a more positive response to a project that it has just launched to expand habitat areas for endangered grassland bird species like the Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark.
That’s because it involves bringing former farmland back into agricultural production by linking non-farming landowners with local farmers who are interested in growing hay for horse or other livestock owners who want later-cut hay. Continue reading Protecting endangered birds with certified bird-friendly hay