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April 2022 Webcast + Spring Challenge Kick-Off: The meadowlark conundrum – Why don’t many prairie restorations support declining grassland birds?

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us every second Wednesday of the month at 12pm ET for The Stewardship Network’s monthly webcasts!

Since May 2005, the Stewardship Network has hosted monthly webcasts designed to provide important information for stewardship professionals, researchers, and volunteers in an accessible and through-provoking way. These engaging sessions feature presenters who are leaders in their field and an online audience from across North America, provoking a dynamic dialogue between presenters and audiences that has become a hallmark of this TSN program. If you care about natural areas and engage in stewarding lands and waters, then join us – these webcasts are made with you in mind!

April 2022: The meadowlark conundrum: Why don’t many prairie restorations support declining grassland birds?

w/ guests Sharon Gill, Joanna Sblendorio, and Mitch Lettow

Grassland birds are the habitat group in steepest decline across the U.S. and Canada, and we’ve witnessed a 40% decline within less than one human lifetime. At the same time, prairie restorations are on the rise with more commercially available information, seed, funding, and projects than ever. So how can we be more effective in helping stem the loss of these charismatic birds with our well-intentioned restorations? And if aren’t working, what will? In this session, we’ll take a deep dive into the thatch – What are the needs of some of our most vulnerable grassland bird species? How we might incorporate these needs into our conservation actions? We’ll also provide an example of how the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and Western Michigan University partnered to create a volunteer grassland bird monitoring program, that could be used as a template for others involved in grassland bird conservation.


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