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Friday, July 19th, 2024

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Friday, July 19th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

New York landowners sought for grassland preservation to help state birds

For hunters, an unplanned side benefit of the habitat improvement could be a boost to another grassland species – the ring-necked pheasant. (Stock photo)

Several grassland-dwelling songbirds in New York state face a threat to their survival as the habitat they rely on has been in decline.
State wildlife managers have worked to improve that habitat on state land, but say the vast majority of grasslands in the state are on private property. The Department of Environmental Conservation and other state and federal agencies collaborated to launch a program in 2008 designed to encourage landowners in specific target areas to convert more of their properties to grasslands, and now program managers are pushing for more participation.

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