Do you have a livestock watering tank or trough on your farm? Many watering facilities have not been designed with wildlife in mind. Although they are used to provide water to livestock, they can double as vital water sources for bats, birds and other wildlife. Considering the needs of wildlife in the installation of livestock water facilities is not only the right thing to do, but it will result in cleaner water for livestock and less maintenance for the producer. You can maximize the quality of water for your livestock and provide a safe water source for wildlife by making a few easy changes.
Bats get a bad rap. These crop and farm-friendly creatures consume enormous amounts of insects daily. They eat the beetles, moths and leafhoppers that cost landowners billions of dollars in damages each year. Some bats can maneuver like helicopters to pluck insects from foliage, while others fly 10,000 feet high and dive like jets.
Everything you do, or don’t do, on your land has an effect on the wildlife you share it with and the fish in the streams and rivers. Just letting plants grow taller, rather than clipping them close to the ground, creates more cover for wildlife. Or letting a few plants grow taller results in more insects for young birds.
If you think about leaving food or cover for wildlife and fish as you manage your land, you’re on your way to doing the little things that can add up to having a major impact. Here are some suggestions along the way:
To improve your land for fish and wildlife, you must first think of the food, water, cover and space needs of the wildlife you want to attract throughout the year. Then begin to establish plants, water sources, and other practices that fit those needs. The Shiawassee Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service offers technical and financial assistance to landowners in planning for wildlife habitat on their lands.
This workshop will bring together agriculture and conservation professionals with local farmers to explore conservation innovations.
Featured Speakers & Topics:
- Lindsay Pease, USDA-ARS Agricultural Engineer will discuss conservation drainage research, phosphorus losses in the Midwest, and what farmers can do to protect natural resources utilizing conservation drainage management.
- Stacy Tchorzynski, State Historic Preservation Office Archaeologist will discuss how conservation projects may have the potential to impact cultural resources, and how farmers can learn to become more aware of their role in documenting historic finds.
- Suzanne Reamer, Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Engineer will discuss the impacts of inefficient energy on the farm, how an energy audit can save money, and what assistance is available through Farm Bill conservation programs.
3 RUP credits and MAEAP Phase I credit available.
There is no fee to attend, but RSVP is required by March 16 to the Shiawassee Conservation District. RSVP’s can be made through this website’s contact page, or via phone at (989) 723-8263 x3.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
This workshop is in partnership between the Shiawassee Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Shiawassee County Farm Bureau.
If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Shiawassee Conservation District at (989) 723-8263, x3 by March 16, 2018. All NRCS & District programs and services are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability/handicap, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.
How do you spell conservation? At the Shiawassee Conservation District office, we spell it S-W-A-P-A-H-E. It is our mission to help Shiawassee County residents protect and conserve our natural resources. We do this through education and conservation planning, considering each natural resource – Soil, Water, Air, Plants, Animals, plus Humans and Energy. Take the first letter of each word and you get SWAPA+HE!