Date: 10/24/19 7:38 am From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Grassland creation to support appropriate species
When I lived in Indiana I had success in getting Indiana University to stop mowing the IU cross country course except for the running trails. A lot of resistance from the athletic department at first, but the effort resulted in 40+ acres of grasslands. Didn't have to plant anything because the area had never been plowed. Lots of native grassland plants popped up..
Bernie Sloan Highland Park
On Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 10:25 AM Karen Swaine <kmswaine...> wrote:
> Yes!! > > And we should add to the Bergen Cty properties many more in Middlesex, > Somerset, Mercer, and other counties; headquarters of many big pharma and > other companies. > > I immediately thought of the beautifully designed Miele headquarters on rt > 1 -- as well as a company (GE? Procter& gamble?) on River Road in > Piscataway. > > It would be wonderful to convert these sterile useless acres that now > attract nothing but Canada geese to grasslands and meadows. > > It would even save them money! > > Perhaps there is already a 'movement' underway. If NAS, NJ Audubon, TNC, > & any/all environmental organizations petitioned these corporations... if > local politicians backed the idea.. as well as citizens... I believe it > could happen. > > Thank you Marc. > What say you all? > > Karen in Highland Park > > > > Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/ghei36> > > ________________________________ > From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of CHELEMER, > MARC J <mc2496...> > Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:41:21 AM > To: <JERSEYBI...> <JERSEYBI...> > Subject: [JERSEYBI] Grassland creation to support appropriate species > > Jerseybirders, > > In mulling the recent report about the decline in North America bird > populations by 25% over the past fifty years, I've begun to think about > 'mini-grasslands.' I am aware of two places in Bergen County where it > seems to me that grassland birds who don't require huge territories might > thrive, if the landowners of those properties would be willing to convert > what are now closely manicured lawns to Negri-Nepote-type mixed wildflower, > grasses, bushes, etc., and to then "field-mow" them every few years to > ensure that natural succession by trees and larger bushes (such as has > occurred at undermaintained Glenhurst Meadows in Somerset County) doesn't > occur. > > Is anyone aware of data available for the "minimum" size of a territory > for such species (Field Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Dickcissel, > Meadowlark, Horned Lark, Tree or Barn Swallow, RT Hummingbird, Bobolink) > and what the edge of that grassland would have to look like to encourage > breeding success by the appropriate species? Again, I am thinking of > Negri-Nepote which has a line of trees and bushes on one edge and mowed > private property on the other. Is anyone in this readership aware of an > organization which 'knows' how to convert a lawn into a grassland: what to > plant that is native to New Jersey, maintenance schedules, etc.? > > It is probably a pipe dream to think that either of the two landowners > (one a private organization, one a county government) would ever convert, > but it is worth asking/thinking about if there's a remote possibility of > success. In a way, both organizations would benefit by having to do far > less mowing and maintenance, so perhaps the monetary inducement might > prompt a thoughtful review. But it frosts me every time I look at these > vast expanses of flat grass supporting Canada Geese to think that a much > more diverse environment might be possible. > > Thanks for your thoughts, birders! > > Marc Chelemer > Tenafly > > > > > > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see < > www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/< > http://www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>> > or e-mail to <njbrcreport...> > List help: <jerseybi-request...> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi > > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see < > www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/> > or e-mail to <njbrcreport...> > List help: <jerseybi-request...> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi >