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Bobolink Protection Benefiting From Grassland Stewardship Program

The Grassland Stewardship Program or GSP is back for its third year.

Applications can be handed in in early January 2018.

The program supports on-farm conservation activities that benefit Bobolink and other grassland birds at risk, and is piloting the use of Conservation Agreements.

GSP is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and is funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada as part of their Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) initiative.

The Bobolink is a ground-nesting grassland bird that can be found in hay and pasture fields across Ontario.

It has been designated as a species at risk both provincially and federally due to its rapidly declining population.

Producers who wish to participate can apply online or on paper during two application submission periods:
January 10 – February 1, 2018
April 9 – May 1, 2018

Projects must be carried out between January 1 and December 15, 2018.

The maximum funding available through GSP is $20,000 per farm business.

Full program details are available at ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/sarpal/gsp.