NB_290_22_3 - NB 290-22-3 INV - Announcing the Availability of a New Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) – Wildlife Conservation Insight
NB 290-22-3 INV - Announcing the Availability of a New Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) – Wildlife Conservation Insight
National Bulletin: 290-22-3 Date: November 17, 2021
Subject: INV - Announcing the Availability of a New Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) – Wildlife Conservation Insight


 
Purpose.   To announce the availability of a new CEAP-Wildlife Conservation Insight entitled “Small, diversified farms in New England provide conservation opportunities for shrubland birds.”   
 
Expiration Date.   December 31, 2022
 
Background.   CEAP Conservation Insights are reports that summarize CEAP study findings that have program implications. Conservation Insights are available on the CEAP website at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/technical/nra/ceap/.
 
Explanation.   Through a CEAP partnership with NRCS, the University of Massachusetts conducted a study to evaluate the conservation opportunities for shrubland birds and other priority species on small, diversified farms in New England. The study found that small, diversified agricultural operations provide similar bird conservation value as other habitats recognized as important contributors to shrubland bird conservation in New England. Fifty-two percent of birds encountered on these farms were shrubland species. Most bird species considered crop pests were associated with bare ground, herbaceous row crops and larger field sizes. The study found that farms complement other shrubland habitat types by supporting shrubland species that prefer open-habitat characteristics. Farmers can promote bird conservation on their farms while also reducing numbers of pest bird species by maintaining relatively small field sizes where compatible with production goals, providing tall, dense vegetation in non-production areas, and increasing cover of hedgerows, shrub, and woodland habitats.

This publication can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.32747/2021.7538599.nrcs
 
Contact.   If you have questions about this bulletin or the attached Conservation Insight, please contact CEAP Wildlife Component Leader Charlie Rewa at Charles.rewa@usda.gov.
 
 

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LUIS TUPAS
Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment
 
Attachment – Conservation Insight on small farms and shrubland birds
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