ZUMWALT PRAIRIE – Cattle grazing of “medium” or lesser intensity appears to cause little harm to songbirds and most inspect species, including butterflies and most native bees, but high-intensity grazing’s negative impacts can be considerable by comparison.

The Nature Conservancy’s locally based scientists and other researchers have reached their conclusions from a two-year grazing experiment carried out in 2007 and 2008.

On Saturday, July 21, Oregon State University and The Nature Conservancy will host the first Zumwalt Prairie Research Field Day to present research findings, discuss how they apply to the Conservancy’s Zumwalt program, and explore ideas for future research.

The field day is an opportunity for livestock producers to consider research results and their implication for cattle performance, soils, plants, pollinators, and ground-nesting birds.

The program will begin at 8 a.m. at Cloverleaf Hall and return to Cloverleaf by 4 p.m. For registration or for more information, contact Jeff Fields at 541-426-3458, ext. 1.

Also visit the Chieftain’s website, at wallowa.com, on Friday, July 6, to read a longer article about the research and the field day.

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