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Grow a Greenway

Conserve Corridors

Migration corridors are narrow ribbons of land or water that bridge the gap between isolated habitats. Examples include river valleys that serve as flyways for migratory birds and hedgerows that squirrels and deer mice use to scoot between woodlots. Urban and rural, large and small, these lifelines enable wide-ranging animals to find the food, water, shelter, and space they need to survive. As human developments continue to dice, mince, and pulverize natural areas, the need for connectivity between fragmented habitats becomes more vital. To achieve that goal in your area, give the following project a try.

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Grow a Greenway

The jungly borders sometimes found around parks, houses, shopping malls, schoolyards, industries, and farms are herbaceous highways for animal migrators. Known as wind-breaks, hedgerows, and shelterbelts, these wooded corridors — or greenways — are simply gigantic hedges. They consist of trees and shrubs, planted at least three rows wide, stretched out in long, thin lines that link woodlots, wetlands, and other key habitats. Not only do greenways serve as safe passages for species like weasels, rabbits, and voles, they also supply an abundance of food and spaces where everything from chipmunks to chickadees can rest, nest, and hide. Greenways baffle winds, too, protecting public areas from wintry drafts, providing shade for wildlife and people, and preventing soil from drying out and blowing away.