Many North American birds are experiencing a steady or even drastic decline and the most common reason is the loss or degradation of their habitat. Discover how our bird conservation program is helping.
Delaware Nature Society is actively involved in habitat restoration at several of the sites we own or help manage. Hundreds of native trees and shrubs have been planted along streams to establish forested floodplains which provide crucial habitat for a large variety of migratory and nesting birds. We have also replanted several large meadows with a diversity of native grasses and wildflowers to provide breeding and wintering habitat for a wide range of birds, and also hunting grounds for several birds of prey including declining species such as American Kestrels, Long-eared Owls, and Northern Harriers. Where appropriate, we encourage natural succession of fields to woodlands since this creates early successional habitat which attracts a wide range of birds including Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat. We are also actively involved in other restoration projects including the creation of coniferous groves used by roosting Long-eared and Saw-whet Owls.
We maintain almost 200 nest boxes throughout our properties that are used by several species of cavity-nesting birds including Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Carolina Chickadees, Eastern Screech Owls, Wood Ducks, and American Kestrels. We have also been successful in attracting Purple Martins to our nesting houses. These nest boxes are monitored each week by our staff and a team of volunteers and the data are shared with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Nest Watch program and the Delaware American Kestrel Partnership.
We also conduct bird surveys across our sites during all four seasons to assess the impact of our habitat restoration on breeding, wintering, and migrating birds, and our staff ornithologist, manage a bird banding program which includes weekly public banding demonstrations.
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