Island Nature Trust sees success in bird program

Colin MacLean
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SUMMERSIDE – The Island Nature Trust is reporting some success in its efforts to conserve two threatened species of birds found on Prince Edward Island.

The organization has been involved in a project to help the Island’s barn swallows and bobolinks for some time.

Both birds are generally found in rural settings, with barn swallows nesting in barn rafters and along ledges, and bobolinks preferring grassy fields for their nests.

Project co-ordinator Shaylyn Wallace, said recently that Islanders have been very supportive of her group’s efforts, even beyond what they’d expected.

Wallace and her assistant have distributed more than 40 bird monitoring calendars to Island landowners interested in helping them gather data on these birds.  

They have also worked with barn-owners to optimize their structures to allow for better barn swallow habitat and with farmers to minimize disruption of bobolinks nests.

Various farmers even agreed to delay the harvest on more than 350 acres so as to not interfere with bobolinks breeding season.

“We are excited to have so many people wanting to improve the nesting opportunities for these threatened farmland birds,” said Wallace.

The Island Nature Trust’s conservation efforts for both birds is supported financially by the by the government of Canada through the EcoAction Community Funding Program and by the P.E.I. Wildlife Conservation Fund.

For more information about Nature Trust projects, or to report bird sightings, Islanders can contact Wallace via email at islandbirds22@gmail.com or by phone at 892-7513.

Organizations: Nature Trust, P.E.I. Wildlife Conservation Fund

Geographic location: Canada

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