Several species of birds, many of which are in significant decline, use forests and meadows for breeding. This is one reason why we require dogs to be on leashes at all times, and for visitors to stay on the trails.
Even if your dog is well behaved, from a bird’s perspective he is a threat, which research has shown can prevent birds from nesting.
One study showed that the presence of dogs in woodland areas reduced bird abundance by 41 percent. You can read the study here.
Several species of grassland-nesting birds, such as Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark, are in decline. We close certain areas of our preserves to visitors at specific times of year to prevent disturbance and facilitate breeding.
Thank you for helping the remaining members of these species.