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Nov 02

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Grassland Restoration

Protecting grasslands helps protect our feathered friends and water quality in one fell swoop—listen up:

What’s the bird’s-eye take on grasslands?

A lone bobolink ponders life in the grasslands...or maybe just needs a break. (via CheepShot/Wikimedia Commons)

A lone bobolink ponders life in the grasslands…or maybe just needs a break in the action. (via CheepShot/Wikimedia Commons)

From bobolinks and northern harriers to some sparrows, many birds rely on grasslands for food and habitat. But a grassland also delivers another ecosystem benefit—it absorbs water when it rains.

To learn more, CurrentCast caught up with Rebeccah Sanders, executive director of Audubon Great Lakes, who explains how a grassland area absorbs water.

“It sucks down those waters from those heavier and heavier rain events that we’re getting,” she says. “And it prevents the water being released into the sewers, and then released back into the rivers.”

In order for grasslands to provide these benefits, they need to be healthy. So Sanders says volunteers can help remove invasive plants and replace them with native species.

That kind of effort not only helps protect our water—it also supports our feathered friends, too.

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Listen to Rebeccah Sanders explain further how to kill two birds with one stone, er, save two birds with water protection.

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Rebeccah Sanders of Audubon Chicago

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