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Old 09-20-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default A Crop Dividend: Restored Bird Habitat in New Jersey

A Crop Dividend: Restored Bird Habitat in New Jersey
By Kevin Granville
September 10, 2012, 2:40 pm

A Crop Dividend: Restored Bird Habitat in New Jersey - NYTimes.com
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Farmers and wildlife advocates donít often see eye to eye; each can look at a field and see widely divergent possibilities. Yet by encouraging farmers to plant fields of flowers, an innovative program in New Jersey is helping to finance the rehabilitation of wildlife areas for endangered species of birds.

The crop is sunflowers, and sales of sunflower seeds, bagged and sold as birdseed by the New Jersey Audubon Society, have financed the conversion of a 70-acre tract of state-owned land into a grassland habitat. Since the program began five years ago, flocks of 50 or more bobolinks, a threatened species in the state, have been counted at the site. Other threatened species, including the...
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Interesting fund raising ideas for biodiversity projects.
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