• Grassland Bird Ecology and Conservation

    Among the most disturbing trends in North American wildlife conservation is the steep population decline of grassland birds. Causes vary across the continent: more frequent mowing of hayfields, for example, or the loss of grasslands to crops and commercial development. Birds at risk include Eastern Meadowlark, Upland Sandpiper, Henslow’s Sparrow, and Bobolink.

    Recognizing the challenges that arise when birds and people alike depend on grasslands, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies is developing practical solutions based on science and human ingenuity. At work from Canada to South America, VCE engages in research, planning, and on-the-ground conservation. Our approaches have made VCE an international leader in grassland bird study and conservation.

    Interested in having a VCE conservation biologist speak at your event, or lead a field outing?
    Please fill out our Speaker Request Form to start the process.