Date: 10/25/19 9:06 am
From: Theodore Chase <theodore.chase...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fw: [JERSEYBI] Grassland creation to support appropriate species
When we (Franklin Township) first took over Negri-Nepote and the Griggstown Grasslands, we got advice from NJ Audubon,. and a grant from the federal Natural Resource Protection Service for three-quarters of the cost of seeds. I don't remember whether we had to plow the ground once before seeding, but NJ Audubon will know. After that, the key is to mow or burn at least once every two years, between September and March, primarily to keep down everything more woody, from multiflora rose to red cedars. Mugwort patches are a problem that can require herbicide treatment. A fine point is the distinction between 'warm season grasses' and 'cool season grasses' which can attract different bird species.
Ted Chase
Franklin Township, Somerset County.



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Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:35 PM
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Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Grassland creation to support appropriate species

I agree, the problem is not so much creating grassland than maintaining it once you have. Look at Glenhurst, it was recently grass, now much of it is a mess of invasive species and succession.

That being said, I am all for making habitat anywhere possible, just be sure that it gets cared for once itís done.

I think that the crew at great swamp knows a thing or two about mainaing grass, s do the managers of Negri-Nepote.

We created some pretty good bird habitat by abandoning our lawn, and fencing out deer behind the house. Our yard list is 100+, and our feeders (winter only since the bears discovered us) can be mobbed.

Grant Price

> On Oct 24, 2019, at 10:46 AM, John Canoles <000005cd98905ec4-dmarc-request...> wrote:
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> The challenge in NJ and MD is that these fields often quickly become overrun with invasive species. Herbaceous plants like mugwort, lespedeza and woody species like Bradford pear make meadow maintenance difficult. Further, natural succession also means that field areas must be maintained to avoid native species - cedar, sassafras, locust - from converting the area to forest. Not that forest is bad, just not helpful for grassland species!
>
> There are also many different types of grassland and meadows that are not equally beneficial to all grassland and meadow species.
> Unfortunately there is a lot to consider in the effort - but the effort is well worth the consideration
>
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> John Canoles
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
> To: JERSEYBI <JERSEYBI...>
> Sent: Thu, Oct 24, 2019 10:38 am
> 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
>>
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>> 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
>>
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