05 Jan '12, 5pm

The birds and the weeds: A farm conservation love story

The birds and the weeds: A farm conservation love story

Tree sparrows have seen large declines in western Europe, in part due to changes in farming practices. Photo: Nutmeg66 Call it the bird tax -- or rather, the amount of food that farmers need to set aside in order to get birds to stick around and stop dying. Farmers don't historically have an awesome relationship with birds [PDF], but in recent years, they've actually been paid to scatter grain around their land after the harvest, since a lack of seed resources in winter is thought to be one of the reasons for birds' dramatic decline. Some of the seeds farmers spread around the edge of their fields are also attractive to pollinating insects, which is also thought to be good, since birds like to eat insects too. Why put so much effort into attracting birds to farms? Well, the steady decline of most birds in the world and the increase of the human population are related -- an...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2012-01-05-the-b...

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