Sandhills Ranchers Could Help Grassland Bird Population


The study also revealed that landowners are knowledgeable about local bird species. Those who owned livestock were more likely to say they would delay hay harvest, despite the fact this would lower the quality of the hay.

UNL researchers said the fact that landowners would consider incurring operational losses to promote bird conservation reflects a longstanding tradition of environmental stewardship in the region. Most cattle producers are careful not to overgraze as this would cause much damage to grass plants and soil, and this is especially true in the Sandhills as overgrazing could lead to “blowouts” where the sandy soils could literally blow away.

Convincing ranchers to delay hay harvest could prove to be a way to increase grassland bird numbers in the Nebraska Sandhills. This practice and promoting conservation-based financial incentives offered through federal programs, such as in the farm bill, might persuade landowners who are concerned about the economic impact of delaying their forage harvest, according to UNL researchers.

Here is some not-breaking news by me: Nebraska’s ag producers care about the environment. They really do.

They want to be profitable in their ranching/farming operations, but they also work and live in these rural areas. The last thing they want to do is destroy the natural world in which we all live in.

The words to the Nebraska state song “Beautiful Nebraska” sum up why the state’s natural environment matters:

“Beautiful Nebraska, peaceful prairieland,

Laced with many rivers, and the hills of sand;

Dark green valleys cradled in the earth,

Rain and sunshine bring abundant birth.

Beautiful Nebraska, as you look around,

You will find a rainbow reaching to the ground;

All these wonders by the Master’s hand;

Beautiful Nebraska land.

We are so proud of this state where we live,

There is no place that has so much to give.

Beautiful Nebraska, as you look around,

You will find a rainbow reaching to the ground;

All these wonders by the Master’s hand,

Beautiful Nebraska land.”

Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com

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