A new study published by the University of Illinois, delves deep into the relationships between agricultural fields and migratory avian species. Graduate research assistant Cassandra Wilcoxen monitored birds in corn and soybean fields with and without cover crops.  She tracked species and counted individual birds in study sites. Fields with cover crops provided an important habitat for grassland birds including cover from predators, an abundance of insects, and nesting grounds. This study concludes that migratory birds prefer to rest and refuel in fields with cover crops, especially corn fields growing with cereal rye.

Read more: http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/cover-crops-provide-bed-and-breakfast-layover-migrating-birds