Grazing Lands Grow More Bugs for Birds to Eat

New research shows that well-managed grazing provides more than just better habitat for sage grouse.
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Grazing Lands Grow More Bugs for Birds to Eat

Grazing Lands Grow More Bugs for Birds to Eat

New research shows that well-managed grazing provides more than just better habitat for sage grouse. It also produces more of the bugs that growing young birds need to eat.

A study comparing insect communities in grazed, rested, and idled pastures in Montana found that the types of insects that provide a critical food source for sage grouse chicks and other shrub- and grassland-dependent birds were 13 percent more prevalent on managed versus idled rangelands.

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