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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Meadowlarks are wide-ranging, but disappearing.

Eastern Meadowlark
       There are two species of Meadowlarks; Eastern and Western.  Both are found in north Texas - especially in fields and meadows (hence, the name). They can be found from coast to coast, and from central Canada down to Argentina.  The Meadowlark (the colorful eastern species is more common here) is yellow and brown, but is classified as a “blackbird”.
       However, Meadowlarks are disappearing rapidly; at about the same rate as meadows and fields are disappearing. Add to that the liberal, knee-jerk use of "kill-everything" insecticides on just about any piece of grass still around. After all, Meadowlarks eat insects, and grass is usually full of them!
Eastern Meadowlark

OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at in Denton.