Over 90 percent of the remaining native prairies across the country have been converted to cropland — destroying much of the habitat that the western meadowlark depends on. Although conservation programs in the Farm Bill help safeguard the wildlife habitat that remains, some of these vital conservation programs that western meadowlarks rely on expired at the end of September!
As Congress continues to work on passing a new Farm Bill, they must reconcile two very different bills. The House of Representatives has proposed a version that contains steep cuts to conservation that will undoubtedly harm wildlife like the western meadowlark—while the Senate version maintains funding for wildlife conservation.
In the meantime, with the expiration of the current Farm Bill, farmers and ranchers won’t be able to enroll in new conservation program contracts that protect prairie habitat for species like the western meadowlark.
We cannot let this happen. Urge your legislators to pass a wildlife-friendly Farm Bill to help safeguard prairie wildlife!