Ecology and Conservation of the Species - Page 2
Reconciliation ecology is already been practiced in southern Illinois by the partners of the Henslow’s Sparrow Project. With the help of contractors and private citizens over 200 acres of grassland was restored which increased the habitat for the Henslow’s Sparrow. Additionally, the Ruffed Grouse Society partners and Wayne National Forest also improved the habitat for Henslow’s Sparrows. The citizens removed woody areas and invasive plants in an area in the forest making it more suitable for the Henslow’s Sparrows to forage and nest.
The Henslow’s Sparrow uses a terrestrial, grassland habitat, unbroken areas of grassland at least 45 acres that are part of a larger area covering at least 400 acres. Additionally, they inhabit species of grass that are native, such as blue joint, prairie dropseed, bluestem, and Indian seed. Henslow’s Sparrows are also known to inhabit power line cuts, reclaimed strip mines, and restored prairies.
Finally, coastal grasslands, pitcher plant bogs, and pine savannahs are the sparrow’s winter habitat.The Henslow’s Sparrow is susceptible to predators in grasslands: mammals, snakes, mice, fox, crows, deer, harriers, and hawks to name a few. However, these predators prey on the nests of the species when grass fragmentation occurs. The smaller grassland area forces the bird to become more densely populated making them an easier target for predators.