Temporary exemption proposed for farmers in threatened Bobolink areas

A three-year exemption from restrictions under the Endangered Species Act is in the works for normal farming practices in areas where the Bobolink is struggling to survive


Farmers taking their first cut of hay this year shouldn’t have to worry much that they will be charged under the provincial Endangered Species Act for destroying Bobolink habitat.

Farm and conservancy groups have proposed that farmers performing normal farm practices be granted a three-year exemption under the Endangered Species Act with respect to Bobolink habitat. Normal farm practices include early cutting of hay, which coincides with the nesting season for the grassland bird.

Better Farming - May 2011