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Keeping It Simple: Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Along Roads

Less mowing of roadside "transition zones" creates new wildlife habitat

A few years ago the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department established "transition zones" - areas mowed only once a year - along non-Interstate highways and on approximately 200 Interstate interchanges. Creating these infrequently mowed, 25- to 75-foot-wide zones next to high-maintenance areas immediately adjacent to the roadside has increased habitat for ground-nesting birds such as Eastern meadowlarks, mourning doves, and ovenbirds (ground warblers known for their chant-like singing). There's new habitat, too, for rodents such as harvest mice, deer mice, and cotton rats, which provide food for predatory birds like the red-tailed hawk.
 
--Apr 25, 2003

Phillip Moore, (501) 569-2281 or phillip.moore@arkansashighways.com

Eastern Meadowlark
Photo by A. Wilson, U.S Geological Survey
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