Over the past four years Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has transformed a 25-acre abandoned farm field at Upper Credit Conservation Area. The field was once overgrown with non-native and invasive species, but is now evolving into a grassland home for birds, bees and butterflies.
Similar to forests and wetlands, grasslands are important breeding and nesting habitat for wildlife such as at-risk grassland birds like eastern meadowlark and bobolink, as well as pollinators like butterflies.
The site at Upper Credit Conservation Area is a demonstration project to show rural landowners the potential for transforming old fields on their lands. It’s also an opportunity for CVC to pilot this type of restoration work.
“The native grassland will still take a few years to become fully established, but we’re already seeing results,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “Grassland birds, including bobolink and eastern meadowlark, are visiting the site and several native grass species are growing. We’re increasing valued grassland habitat on the site.”
Each step of the restoration process is documented in a photo journal at www.creditvalleyca.ca/grasslandrecovery.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry provided funding for this project through the Species-at-Risk Stewardship Fund.
The work at Upper Credit is part of CVC’s Grassland Bird Recovery Project which has increased grassland bird habitat in the Credit River watershed. The program includes CVC’s innovative Bird-Friendly Certified Hay Program, funding to private landowners through the Landowner Action Fund, Grassland Restoration Services and outreach initiatives to rural landowners.
To learn more about restoring grasslands, please contact Alison Qua-Enoo, Senior Coordinator, Rural Residential Outreach at [email protected].
Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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