Video: Popular bobolink spurs new conservation model

September 10, 2014, University of Vermont

Because of shrinking habitat lost to development and disrupted by intensive new farming practices, the bobolink population has declined 75 percent over the last half century in the northeast.

A research team from the University of Vermont and the University of Connecticut had a question: Would the public be willing to pay directly to conserve the open grassland this charismatic species needs to survive?

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