As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Controlled burn aims to help sparrow habitat


: APRIL 9, 2014 : Updated: April 9, 2014 2:40pm

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A controlled burn in the Lansing area is expected to help improve habitat for the Henslow's sparrow.

The Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/R2xFcC ) reports that the bird and many other types of wildlife use prairie habitat at the Davis-Foster Land Preserve in Ingham County's Meridian Township. The sparrow is listed as endangered in Michigan. Crews conducted the burn Tuesday at part of the preserve.

Meridian Township officials say the goal is to kill invasive species and rejuvenate the soil so that native wildflowers and other plants can thrive. Officials say another such burn is planned at Ingham County's Lake Lansing Park North over the next few weeks.

The Davis-Foster Land Preserve includes about 100 acres of grassland prairie. The Henslow's sparrow is expected back in the area this month.

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