Diversification in Sugar Bush Benefits Birds and Crop

Research at Cornell University has partnered Cornell Lab of Ornithology with the Cornell Maple Program to explore how maple syrup producers can adjust management practices to foster bird habitat within their sugar bushes. Studies in Vermont with experimental forest plots and maple syrup producers have found that a sugar bush that contains at least 25% non-maple trees supports a greater abundance and diversity of birds. In addition, producers are finding that these diverse forests experience shorter and less-intense insect outbreaks than maple monocultures.