Submitted by: OSCIA provincial office
Since 2016, Bird Ecology and Conservation Ontario, a small non-profit organization, has been working with the agricultural community on research and conservation initiatives for grassland birds. Recently, we took on a project that’s a bit different from the normal scope of our work.
Over the years, we’ve found that the farmers we work with are always interested to learn more about the birds nesting in their fields and are sometimes surprised by how many species nest on the ground in grasslands. We’ve also found that hayfields and pastures are frequently undervalued by the general public for the wildlife habitat they provide.
We wanted to find a way to communicate information about birds that nest in grasslands and conservation practices more broadly to the agricultural community and the general public. So, we worked with a scientific illustrator to create an illustration of bird life in agricultural grasslands and used this illustration to inspire a new website with information about grassland birds and conservation actions to support these species.
To find out more, visit www.grasslandbirds.ca. The website was made possible with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario through Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program. Please share your thoughts by completing the feedback survey on the website.