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

elphick at sbcglobal.net elphick at sbcglobal.net
Sat Apr 18 11:04:45 EDT 2015

Hi Steve, 

Good points. Steve (Swallow) Is already investigating ways to expand the programme to other New England states, and success in VT will be key to whether that happens. 

Additionally, of course, bird populations pay no attention to state boundaries, so if we want these birds at all we have to think at larger spatial scales when doing conservation. Especially in a small state like ours. 


Chris Elphick
Storrs, CT

> On Apr 18, 2015, at 10:16, Steve Morytko <smorytko at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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
> From: "Chris Elphick elphick at sbcglobal.net [nosbird]" <nosbird at yahoogroups.com>
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> Subject: [NOSbird] bobolink project (time running out to help)
> Hi all,
> I recently heard from Steve Swallow – the UConn economics professor who runs the Bobolink Project – that they have had an increase in the number of farmers who are willing to delay haying to benefit nesting bobolinks this year. This means that there is potential to increase the area of suitable nesting habitat compared to previous years.  Achieving this goal, however, is contingent on pledges to support payments to farmers.  One of the Bobolink Project’s strengths is that it uses economic methods to drive the cost of protection down towards the lowest level acceptable to farmers – hence it maximizes benefits per conservation dollar.  I mentioned this project a few weeks ago, but I’m posting again because the deadline for pledges is only a few 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
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