[CT Birds] [NOSbird] bobolink project (time running out to help)

Steve Morytko smorytko at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 18 10:16:22 EDT 2015


Thanks for the reminder Chris. I've heard several comments suggesting that the project benefits Vermont and not Connecticut. We really should be thinking in regional or even global terms about this opportunity. I don't think it's clear where CT Bobolinks are fledged but giving Bobolinks (and other grassland species) greater opportunity to expand/maintain their core breeding range can only help increase the overall population and logically it would seem that CT benefits as a result. 
If this unique funding model continues to work in VT there is no reason to think it couldn't also work in CT. We need to find ways to preserve/expand grassland bird breeding habitat in Connecticut instead of helplessly watching it fast disappear as we lose  premier grasslands like Rentschler Field. This looks like a great opportunity to prove this model works and make a real contribution to grassland bird conservation. Steve Morytko
Ashford, CT
 
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    Hi all, I recently heard from Steve Swallow – the UConn economicsprofessor who runs the Bobolink Project – that they have had an increase in thenumber of farmers who are willing to delay haying to benefit nesting bobolinksthis year. This means that there is potential to increase the area of suitablenesting habitat compared to previous years.  Achieving this goal, however,is contingent on pledges to support payments to farmers.  One of theBobolink Project’s strengths is that it uses economic methods to drive the costof protection down towards the lowest level acceptable to farmers – hence itmaximizes benefits per conservation dollar.  I mentioned this project afew weeks ago, but I’m posting again because the deadline for pledges is only afew days away.  If you are interested, check out Steve’s web site:  http://www.bobolinkproject.com/ There's also a recent newspaper article here:http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/green-mountain/2015/04/11/tenacious-bobolink-wins-financial-backers/25532389/
Chris Chris Elphick @ssts
Storrs, CT
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