Bird Target List:
ring-necked pheasant, upland sandpiper, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow,
grasshopper sparrow, Henslow's sparrow, bobolink, eastern meadowlark.
Species (to be planted at 60lbs/acre): Note: Most fields already
have 3 out of 5 of these grasses--the important thing is to stop mowing areas when
% of Mix
KY-31 or Rebel
Orchard grass Pennlate
Most of the target species
prefer moderate to tall vegetation height and a moderate to heavy amount of dead grass
litter. The above listed grass species will provide the appropriate vegetation
height provided that no mowing occurs during summer months. The grassland should be
mowed no more than every year (preferably once every three years) in late summer or early
fall to prevent extensive invasion of woody plants and forbs. Mowing should be
restricted to a period after the cessation of bird nesting (e.g. after August 31).
Grass cuttings should be left in the field when possible to accumulate vegetation litter
that will provide nesting cover for certain species. Wildflower mix (e.g. Northeast
Bloomer's mix) can be added to the seed mixture at five pounds/acre if aesthetic quality
is desired at the site. Also, fence posts may be scattered throughout the site to
provide perch and display areas for grassland birds.