CLC manages the fields at Ooms Conservation Area primarily for native grassland bird habitat, among them meadowlarks and bobolinks (in photo). Breeding pairs at Ooms are now raising their first brood of chicks. During this critical period it is important that these ground nesting species are allowed to raise their young in peace. Dogs off leash and off trail create unnecessary stress for the birds, can damage nests and chicks, and can cause the parents to abandon their nests. Please, keep dogs on leash and on trails to ensure the safety of our rare native birds. Please be aware that CLC requires all dog owners to keep their pets on leash at all times at all of our Conservation Areas. To further ensure the success of grassland chicks reaching adulthood, CLC will not mow the fields around Sutherland Pond before July 15th or later, at which point the fledgelings will be old enough to fly out of danger’s way.
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