Vt. Farmers Participate in Project to Protect Grassland Birds

- Vermont's WCAX News (March 25, 2014)

Experiment tests whether bobolink payment plan will fly

- Burlington Free Press

Bobolinks, yellow-capped monarchs of the meadow, will begin returning to the hayfields of the Champlain Valley three weeks from now. Each songbird will have survived a 12,000-mile round-trip journey.
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The Bobolink Project is a non-profit research program based out of the University of Connecticut and the University of Vermont. The project provides a brand-new way to connect your environmental values with the farmers who can help.

This program uses community contributions to pay farmers for altered farming practices that better provide environmental services, such as bird habitat, that you value. The bobolink--a migratory, ground-nesting songbird--serves as our flagship, a symbol of the benefits that can come from pairing community members with farmers to sustain our wildlife, environment, and rural heritage.

The Bobolink Project acknowledges and addresses that although many people highly value their environment, there is currently no way to connect the true values of a local community with the farmers and landowners who can best provide these services.


The Bobolink Project will begin soliciting pledges again in late-February, 2014. “Like” the Bobolink Project on Facebook so we can keep you updated on activities and news about grassland bird conservation.

If you would like to be on a mailing list to contribute to our success in 2014, please send an email to bobolinkproject@gmail.com and stephen.swallow@uconn.edu with a subject line titled 'Bobolink Project' and include your name, address, phone and email.

Please feel free to look around the website to learn more about the Bobolink, the goals of the Bobolink Project, and how this new program works to better protect native wildlife and support local farmers.

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