Often times when we think of farms we think of pastures, row crops, barns, and fresh produce. Many people don’t think of the wildlife that lives on and around the farmed land. How does the wildlife interact with the farmland and the crops being grown or animals being raised? In what ways are different species and their habitats affected by the agricultural activities around them? How does wildlife factor into the proper selection and implementation of conservation practices on farmland?
All habitats that overlap with farmland are important to consider when thinking about agricultural systems and conservation practices. Monarch butterflies, whitetail deer, honey bees, red tail hawks – these animals and insects are part of the diversity of wildlife that lives on a working farm. Understanding the diversity of wildlife on and around farmland can better inform the practices used on it.
Field Day Speakers and Activities
That is why The Land Connection is hosting a Wildlife on the Farm Field Day. This field day will showcase conservation practices that support wildlife species and will explore why wildlife is so important on farms. The field day will take place at R Wildflower Farm & Fields in Anchor, IL. Field day co-host Sally R. Lasser will lead a farm tour of R Wildflower Farm. She will also discuss the long history her family has of implementing conservation practices that take into account the wildlife that inhabit the various ecosystems on the property.
Field day co-host Dallas Glazik is an organic farmer and Farm Bill Biologist with Pheasants Forever. He will display practices he uses on his own farm and discuss programs offered by USDA to help farmers and landowners support wildlife on their land. They will be joined by a local ornithologist and local entomologist to discuss the importance of birds and insects on farms.
Here is some of the general information about the field day:
Wildlife on the Farm Field Day
When: July 30, 4:30-7:30pm
Where: R Wildflower Farm & Fields, 40760 E 1500 N Rd, Anchor, IL 61720
How much: $20
To register, please visit the event’s page on our website.
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