Originally published in Castine Patriot, March 7, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, March 7, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, March 7, 2019
Funding available to farmers for delayed mowing
Many people don’t notice the Bobolinks that live and breed in grassy and agricultural fields in our area and around Maine. The mowing that farmers do is important in helping to maintain the habitat for bobolinks and other grassland birds. However, the preferred mowing time for farmers is too early for the birds. Their nests and chicks end up getting destroyed. The Bobolink Project is taking bids from farmers for funding to cover the costs that they face in delaying their harvests. In the application they pick one of two time periods during which they promise not to mow: May 18-August 1, or June 1-August 15. The deadline for applications is March 20. Visit bobolinkproject.com for applications, and more information about these birds and the project.