wildlife habitat Tag

Related ATTRA publication: Maple Sugaring: An Introduction to Small-Scale Commercial Production New York Audubon announced that six New York maple producers have become the first to receive bird-friendly recognition for managing their sugarbushes in ways that provide more resilient bird habitat. These sugarbushes feature young trees and bushes that provide cover, snags that provide nesting sites, and downed trees and woody material on the forest floor. "We believe the Bird-Friendly Maple recognition can be effective in differentiating what we make here in a crowded marketplace of maple syrup. Our hope is to spark interest with customers who understand the values of healthy...

Related ATTRA publication: Beneficial and Pest Birds: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet A study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology by University of California, Davis, scientists shows that farms with surrounding natural habitat experience the most benefits from wild birds. According to study results, when farms are surrounded by natural habitat, wild birds are less likely to carry foodborne pathogens and eat crops. Although the study ranked birds on whether they were likely to provide costs or benefits to farms, it also revealed that most species could bring either costs or benefits, depending on how the farm landscape was managed. The presence...

Related ATTRA publication: Beneficial and Pest Birds: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet Research from the University of California, Davis, found that wild birds may not pose the food safety risk once suspected. Researchers found that starlings and other birds that flock on the ground near cattle are more likely to spread pathogenic bacteria to crops like lettuce, spinach, and broccoli, while insect-eating species are less likely to carry pathogens. Researchers compiled more than 11,000 bacteria tests of wild bird feces and found that Campylobacter in 8% of samples. Meanwhhile, pathogenic E. Coli and Salmonella were only found in less than 0.5% of the...

The May Ranch in Lamar, Colorado, is finding that environmental stewardship pays, reports the Colorado Sun. The ranch's certification from Audubon Society as a bird-friendly ranch helps add marketing appeal to its products, and Ducks Unlimited paid carbon sequestration credits for vegetation management practices. A conservation easement on the property also proved valuable. The ranch won a 2021 Leopold Conservation Award and has been recognized by researchers for the habitat it provides plant and animal species alike....