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May 2, 2021 Issues & Insights

What We’re Reading | A wider vision for grassland conservation

A new collaborative effort across North America is focusing efforts to protect the fast-disappearing Prairie ecosystem

By Piper Whelan, Canadian Cattlemen Photo: Canada Beef Inc.

For many who call the Canadian Prairies home, it would be impossible to imagine springtime without the cheerful song of the western meadowlark. That distinct, flute-like call, along with the other songs of grassland birds returning north, is a defining part of this landscape.

But as grasslands across North America continue to disappear, the meadowlark’s song may vanish along with them.

“In the last 50 years we’ve lost three billion birds,” says Tammy VerCauteren, executive director of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. “One in four of those are grassland birds.”

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What We’re Reading’ is a quick look at some of the issues and insights Alberta Beef Producers’ content creators and editors are reading to stay up-to-date, to broaden perspectives, and to explore issues relevant to the agriculture industry.

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