Beef pro­duc­ers take the lead on grass­land bird con­ser­va­tion

Canadian Wildlife - - DISPATCHES -

A non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that rep­re­sents Man­i­toba cat­tle farm­ers has re­ceived funds from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to help farm­ers con­serve habi­tat for birds. En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Canada gave Man­i­toba Beef Pro­duc­ers $750,000 as part of the de­part­ment’s Species at Risk Part­ner­ships on Agri­cul­tural Lands pro­gram. Beef pro­duc­ers are es­pe­cially im­por­tant to this con­ser­va­tion ef­fort. Species like the log­ger­head shrike, the Baird’s spar­row and the chest­nut-col­lared longspur use the same kind of prairie grass­lands where their cows graze — it used to be grazed by bi­son. The farm­ers’ fields are some of the birds’ last re­main­ing habi­tat. Learn more at mhhc. mb.ca/the-birds-and-the-beef.

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