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Grasslands Welcome Back Birds

If you visit Smithville Lake this summer, you may hear a bird call sounding a little like “bob-WHITE,” the curious cry of the northern bobwhite quail.

State and local agencies have their eye on creating a habit for these and other declining bird species with the Smithville Grassland Revitalization Project, an operation that aims to convert more than 1,000 acres into Missouri grassland.Less than 1 percent of the state’s original prairies remain. To date, the project has been successful in adding 300 acres of grassland. In addition to creating a home for the grass and flower species threatened by the reduction of prairie lands, declining bird species native to this area will also see a benefit.

Read more of Jesus Lopez’s story in the Smithville Herald HERE.