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Wading Birds & Cranes
Wading birds and cranes can both be found on farmland in Delta. They appear similar in body type but are acutally from different families (waders are from the Ardeidae family and cranes the Gruidae family).
There are a variety of wading birds that rely on the Fraser River delta for food and shelter. Two species, the Great-blue Heron and the American Bittern, are commonly found using farmland, especially fields enrolled in the Grassland Set-aside Stewardship Program. Grassland Set-asides provide habitat for small mammals, such as Townsend's vole, and both the Great-blue Heron and the American Bittern will slowly stalk voles in the tall grass. Once a vole is captured, the Heron or Bittern will quickly swallow it whole. American Bitterns will also roost in grassland set-asides, using their tan and brown camoflouage to conceal themselves amongst the grass.
The only crane found on the farmland of Delta is the Sandhill Crane. It feeds on seeds, vegetation, and invertebrates in farm fields. Sandhill Cranes can be seen feeding in fields enrolled in the Winter Cover Crop Stewardship Program, especially when the cover crop has begun to germinate.
News & Events
DF&WT Hosts Young Naturalists' Club of BC
DF&WT teams up with the Young Naturalist Club of BC for a Grassland Set-aside monitoring Citizen Science Project!Read More..
Cover Crop Research Helps Refine Management
DF&WT research reveals the importance of planting date on the ability of a cover crop to support waterfowl.Read More..
- Get To Know SOME OF OUR WILDLIFE:
- Northern Shrike Known as the "Butcher Bird," the Shrike impales prey on thorns to attract mates and mark its territory.
- Lesser Snow Goose Snow Geese congregate on farm fields by the tens of thousands searching for potatoes, grain, and grass.
- Bumblebee These insects benefit farmers by pollinating crops. They find refuges in Grassland Set-asides and Hedgerows.