I’ve received a lot of feedback from my request concerning hummingbird counts this year. All of the responses except for one reported far fewer numbers than in years’ past. Some of the hummingbird hobbyists were “big time” into feeding the birds, and reported their multiple feeders were only bringing in a handful of birds.
Apparently the late spring like weather along with the last cold front, really kept a lot of birds out of Central Indiana. Hopefully, the hummingbirds who have braved the elements will have a successful nesting season and produce a lot more little hummingbirds.
Again, thanks to all who responded!
Program To Help Relieve Urban Deer Conflicts
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has introduced an innovative program to help communities alleviate their urban deer conflicts. The new program is known as “The Urban Deer Hunting Access Program.” The program is designed to assist communities experiencing problems with overabundant deer to manage deer through hunting. Communities will be eligible to apply for funding to open public land for access by licensed deer hunters to resolve documented conflicts.
“Hunting is a highly favored form of management for deer by hunters and many non-hunters alike,” said DNR deer biologist Chad Stewart. “It is incredibly safe, cost-effective, and efficient. However, it is difficult for communities to take that leap into allowing public hunting because of the perception and opposition of hunting by small and vocal groups of people.”
Funding for the project is provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Communities or public entities can enter into a contract with the DNR for up to three years with a maximum of $15,000 available per year.
Communities must submit their applications by July 31, with a general outline of how the funds will be used. Applications will be scored and ranked, with the highest ranking communities eligible to be awarded the funds.