September 15, 2014 – Grassland birds like the eastern meadowlark and bobolink are declining in number and are now considered ‘species at risk’ by the Province of Ontario. Often disregarded, old, unused fields are now in the spotlight. They can be transformed into flourishing meadows – habitat for at-risk grassland birds. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) hosts a free Meadow Maker bus tour for rural landowners to learn about transforming old fields into native meadows.
The tour takes place Saturday, September 27. The bus departs from Terra Cotta Conservation Area, 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd., Halton Hills, at 9 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. The bus stops at an unrestored field site where CVC staff will show landowners how to assess the quality of their old field habitat. The bus continues to a restored native grassland at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Landowners will learn how to plan their own meadow restoration project.
“There are many old, unused fields on rural properties. Rural landowners can play an important role in helping our grassland birds recover,” said Alison Qua-Enoo, CVC’s Stewardship Coordinator, Escarpment Outreach. “Old fields are often overlooked but they can be managed just like a forest or a pond.”
The event runs rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. Free lunch is provided. Registration is required by September 22. Please register online at www.creditvalleyca.ca/events.
Space is limited and preference will be given to landowners within the Credit River watershed. Others are welcome as space allows. This tour is free to attend and is generously supported by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Species at Risk Stewardship Fund.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Photo: Meadows and grasslands provide habitat for at-risk grassland birds.
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