All it takes is a drive in the country to see some of these beautiful birds. They live in a variety of habitats, but it is possible to see a majority of them from the car!
Many of these birds nest, raise families, hunt for food or hide form predators in large unmowed fields, meadows and ditches. For this reason, it is important that people who live in the country think about reducing the amount and timing of mowing.
People move to the country to get away from crowded cities and have a bit of space to themselves. They also like to be close to nature. Unfortunately, people often mow their entire lot, leaving little wildlife habitat.
Consider leaving sections of the lot in native grasses or wildflowers to support grassland birds like these. Large expanses of mowed turf attract grackles, starlings, cowbirds and other undesirables. Rural lots are often an acre or more in size. That should leave plenty of room for both people and wildlife.
Taking our urban and suburban lawns with us to the country further simplifies the available habitat. Scientists use the word "simplify" to describe the process of making all of the habitat the same. A patch of wild flowers and prairie grass will add beauty to your property and reduce the time you spend on that riding mower each week! You will be saving time and wildlife.
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