Dear VT Birders,
This summer, The Bobolink Project<https://secure2.convio.net/mas/site/Donation2?df_id=5140&mfc_pref=T&5140.donation=form1> will once again be working with farmers to implement "bird-friendly" management practices on hayfields throughout the Northeast. Last year we were able to expand our work into Massachusetts. This year, Connecticut and New Hampshire are joining the team as all 4 of the Aububons will be working to help farmers raise grassland birds.
The Bobolink Project was initiated in response to the long-term population declines of grassland birds throughout the US. In the Northeast. Much of the population loss is a result of the decline of the agricultural industry, but the increased management intensity on remaining farm fields has also contributed.
The idea behind The Bobolink Project is that grassland bird habitat is something that we all value and who knows...might even pay for. We are working with farmers willing to delay mowing of hayfields until after the nesting season. The amount of acreage depends on the value of pledges received by 1 April. Your support can create safe habitat for birds nesting in Vermont's working hayfields.
Last year Bobolink Project supported enrollment of over 500 acres of hay fields, raising more than 500 baby Bobolinks! We also had Eastern Meadowlarks on 3 fields, and a Northern Harrier on one of our sites. Bobolinks will be heading north soon, and they hope we can cover even more acres this year - please help us avoid leaving available acres out of the pool of safe habitat. We can only increase our acreage if you join our mission and help spread the word.
Information about the project and how to donate can be found at http://www.bobolinkproject.com/
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Feel free to contact me or Mark LaBarr [log in to unmask] if you have any questions.