The Bobolink Project is a non-profit research program based out of the University of Connecticut and the University of Vermont. The project provides a brand-new way to connect your environmental values with the farmers who can help.

This program uses community contributions to pay farmers for altered farming practices that better provide environmental services, such as bird habitat, that you value. The bobolink--a migratory, ground-nesting songbird--serves as our flagship, a symbol of the benefits that can come from pairing community members with farmers to sustain our wildlife, environment, and rural heritage.

The Bobolink Project acknowledges and addresses that although many people highly value their environment, there is currently no way to connect the true values of a local community with the farmers and landowners who can best provide these services.

"Birders and farmers share a common interest in land preservation that is often overlooked. A pledge to the Bobolink Project will help by compensating farmers who agree to adopt bird-friendly farming practices. This allows you to support bird conservation AND local farms, which is good for everyone."

See David Sibley’s comments on the Sibley (Bird guides) Facebook page.


Pledges for 2015 are now closed so that we can set contracts with farmers and be ready for arrival of the birds. It appears we will contract for something more than 530-540 acres this year, a nice increase from 340 acres in 2014 (and from 200 acres in 2013)…and we hope to continue growing as we know several more farms offered to provide habitat but needed more assistance than we were able to provide. Of course, covering this acreage depends critically on everyone paying his or her pledges quickly. We really need our donors to do so as soon as possible, and by May 30 would be best. This assures us of getting all the farm contract commitments settled. Watch for additional updates in June.

Donors of the Bobolink Project enjoying a field day with UVM's ecologist Allan Strong (Picture courtesy: Allan Strong)

If you would like to be on a mailing list to contribute to our success in 2015, please send an email to bobolinkproject@gmail.com and stephen.swallow@uconn.edu with a subject line titled 'Bobolink Project' and include your name, address, phone and email.

A bobolink like this one may weigh only about an ounce, but it is capable of a 12,000-mile roundtrip migration every year from the Champlain Valley to Aregentina.

Please feel free to look around the website to learn more about the Bobolink, the goals of the Bobolink Project, and how this new program works to better protect native wildlife and support local farmers.

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