Habitat Management

Over 67 acres of the 75 acres, 89%, that make up Drayton Grant Park is maintained as grassland. Grassland habitat is essential for grassland nesting birds. Grassland birds are species that require grassland habitat for breeding and foraging. Habitat loss and degradation of these habitats has resulted in 80-99% decline of these species since 1966. Grassland birds, which include Henslow’s sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, vesper sparrow, upland sandpiper, horned lark, eastern meadowlark, savannah sparrow, northern harrier, short-eared owl, and bobolink. Of these one is endangered, four are threatened, and three are of special concern.

Drayton Grant Park is currently home to healthy population of bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks have been observed within the park. Winnakee Land Trust and the Burger Hill Committee strive to optimize this essential habitat with appropriate management practices while maintaining the aesthetics of historical pastureland. Best management practices for optimal grassland bird habitat include late mowing and minimal disturbance to the fields during the breeding season.

Other important habitats that can be found within Drayton Grant Park are upland hardwood and mixed forest, upland shrubland, wet meadow, and constructed ponds. These habitats support a diversity of wildlife including birds, amphibians, reptiles, and myriad pollinator species.

Have you seen any of our rare birds?

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Horned Lark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Meadowlark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Savannah Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Northern Harrier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bobolink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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North American Kestrel