[CT Birds] NJ Audubon: markets local seed to support local grassland

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Wed Sep 12 00:01:12 EDT 2012

An interesting story (intro below) -- and, can CT institute a similar program?  We have farmers, and grass land.


A Crop Dividend: Restored Bird Habitat in New Jersey


Farmers and wildlife advocates don’t often see eye to eye; each can look at a field and see widely divergent possibilities. Yet by encouraging farmers to plant fields of flowers, an innovative program in New Jersey is helping to finance the rehabilitation of wildlife areas for endangered species of birds.

The crop is sunflowers, and sales of sunflower seeds, bagged and sold as birdseed by the New Jersey Audubon Society, have financed the conversion of a 70-acre tract of state-owned land into a grassland habitat. Since the program began five years ago, flocks of 50 or more bobolinks, a threatened species in the state, have been counted at the site. Other threatened species, including the American kestrel and grasshopper sparrow, have also been sighted.

.... More on the NYT site.

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