South Nation Conservation, in partnership with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, is carrying out grassland habitat restoration work at the Upper Migratory Bird Sanctuary within the next few weeks.
Heavy equipment will be on site.
Restoration work will support habitat for rare grassland birds. For more information, please contact Michelle Cavanagh 1-877-984-2948 ext. 310 MCavanagh@nation.on.ca.
Bob-O-Link and Meadowlark Rehabilitation at the Sanctuary Submitted by Hans van der Zweep
In September 2015 the Friends of The Sanctuary received a pleasant surprise in the form of an announcement that S.L.P.C. and South Nation Conservation were partnering on a rehabilitation project for Bobolinks and Meadowlarks which will hopefully bring a return of these 2 grassland species into the confines of the `Park`. The area will be directly west of the Visitor Centre and will involve some removal of trees and over seeding of the area. These species require late cropping of the grass (if at all) to allow their young to fledge.
Today’s farming practice of cutting forage crops prior to mid-July has had serious repercussions on the number of survivors as have the mowing and expansion of rural lawns. Even our waterfronts are becoming manicured lawns and the frequency of mowing and pesticide and herbicide applications leave them in peril throughout the entire breeding season. In this `rehab` area they will be getting a chance at survival and we (local bird watchers) will be watching for their local `comeback` in the not too distant future. This endeavour will have a spill-over effect on other grassland species such as Savanah Sparrow and perhaps more. I`ll give more details as we get them and look forward to more birding and nature events in our `Sanctuary’.