Across North Carolina, birds like the Grasshopper Sparrow and Northern Bobwhite are being impacted by loss of habitat, and as a result, sightings are not as common as they once were. Changes in land use patterns and agricultural practices have decreased the amount of early successional habitat in Catawba Lands Conservancy’s (CLC) service area. The N.C. Wildlife Action Plan, compiled by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), identifies 29 priority species associated with piedmont early successional habitat. At our Buffalo Creek Preserve in Mt. Pleasant, we are actively managing areas for early successional habitat. In late September, we conducted a
prescribed burn to set back the growth of woody vegetation and pervade the soils with nitrogen to create a piedmont oak-savannah.