- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging the state’s landowners to help grassland birds by delaying when they mow large fields.

Some grassland bird species are in decline due to the loss of appropriate grassland habitat.

Bobolinks build nests among the grasses and wildflowers of fields and meadows from May through July. When bobolinks are present, other grassland bird species such as savannah sparrows and vesper sparrows may also be nesting among the grasses

Other wildlife such as deer fawns and wild turkey chicks are also at risk by mowing too early.

Biologist John Buck says landowners who mow their fields for aesthetic reasons can maintain these fields and accommodate the nesting birds simply by cutting later in the summer. He recommends an Aug. 1 start date.

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