Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) invites hay growers, hay purchasers and rural landowners with land available to grow Bird-Friendly Certified Hay (BFCH) to attend one of four information sessions.
The information sessions take place on:
- February 29 at Caledon Village Place, Caledon
- March 1 at Orangeville Fair Grounds, Mono
- March 2 at Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Halton Hills
- March 3 at Erin Centre 2000, Erin
The BFCH website (www.birdfriendlyhay.ca) is an online marketplace that allows easy connections between farmers and rural landowners interested in growing and purchasing hay or renting their land to grow BFCH.
“This is an opportunity to make hay while the sun shines,” said Mike Puddister Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “This is a market-based solution that is a win-win for farmers, hay buyers and grassland birds.”
With the BFCH program, farmers can add value to their farm business, rural landowners with land to rent can lower their property taxes and horse and livestock owners can use this niche product while helping threatened grassland birds.
“Giving grassland birds time to fledge their young is critical,” said Mark Eastman, Agricultural Specialist at CVC. “For the past two years, 184 eastern meadowlark and bobolink have been spotted in bird-friendly registered hay fields. This program is making a difference in the recovery of grassland birds.”
When farmers grow BFCH, threatened grassland birds such as bobolink and eastern meadowlark are able to breed and nest in the hay field before it is cut. Hay growers agree to delay cutting until July 15 when the birds leave the nest.
Visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/events for additional details on the BFCH information sessions. For more information on the BFCH program and to register, visit www.birdfriendlyhay.ca or contact Mark Eastman at 1-800-668-5557 ext. 430 or [email protected].
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 224