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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Successful wildlife management on a working farm: A case study
Year: 2007
Author(s): Burger, Jr., L. W., Burger, L. M.
Source Title: Wildlife Trends
Source Type: Journal
pages: 26-32
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Before initiating his various conservation practices, BBF consisted of 58% fescue pasture/hayfields, 25% crop fields, 15% woodlands and 2% development. Today, BBF is composed of approximately 38% pasture/hayfields, 21% rowcrop, 15% woodlands, 24% conservation practice, and 2% development. Erosion has been reduced substantially and, as a result, water quality in Town Creek, Hanging Kettle Creek, and downstream water bodies has improved. Bird surveys along field margins demonstrated 6-9 times greater abundance of wintering sparrows on fields with conservation borders. During the breeding season, grassland/shrub bird species, including bobwhite, common yellow-throat, indigo bunting, and dickcissel, were more abundant on bordered edges than conventional crop-field margins. During September, hundreds of blue- and green-winged teal settle on his managed wetland. In December and January, mallards, pintails, and other big-ducks regularly loaf on the wetland, feeding on the resources he carefully cultivates. Woodducks are year-round residents, nesting in the boxes Jimmy erected.