[CT Birds] re to Patrick Comins suggestion to plant for birds...
driordan at snet.net
Wed Sep 21 21:21:55 EDT 2016
As a followup to Paul Carrier’s post, here’s a snippet form the July Menunkatuck AS newsletter:
Just letting the grass grow is better for invertebrates
For the last four years students from the Common Ground High School Green Jobs Corps have been monitoring invertebrate diversity and abundance at New Haven’s Beaver Ponds Park Urban Oases. In 2015 because of a construction project the control site which was part of athletic fields was not mowed as it had been. It became more like a meadow than a lawn. With no other changes invertebrate diversity increased from 28 to 97; abundance increased from 220 to 1485. The 2016 survey was conducted on July 22. The construction has been completed and the control area has been mowed. Diversity has not been established. However, invertebrate abundance decreased to only around 50.
The Common Ground students wrote about the results of the insect surveys:
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> I have a suggestion?also for us planting for the wild birds.About 6 years ago, I found myself getting a bit too old in keep my pristine yard and gardens looking their best. However - after letting several areas go back to nature, I saw what a wonderful thing it was to give back to nature what my ground was like before it was built on. Recently, many people are converting parts of their all grass lawns into natural open areas, and believe me, I'm so glad I did so. Its now less work to maintain, and the wonderful natural plants that have moved in are a real joy to enjoy and study for all kinds of natural life that depend on them, and all done at your own home! Please consider doing this too part of your all grass lawn, for the wild birds and critters will enjoy visiting you for doing so. Today, saw a Monarch Butterfly on the goldenrod, as well as hundreds of honey bees and other pollinators there as well. I'm waiting to see a Connecticut warbler there as well...Paul Carrier, Harwinton, CT ? ?
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