Roadside signs availableRural residents can show their concern for wildlife by displaying a “Roadsides for Wildlife” sign available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Rural residents can show their concern for wildlife by displaying a “Roadsides for Wildlife” sign available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Roadsides provide valuable wildlife nesting habitat, especially during the peak nesting season of May, June and July. Rural residents are urged to delay mowing and other disturbance along roadside ditch bottoms and backslopes until after Aug. 1. Road authorities mow the first eight feet for safety.
Signs will be distributed free while supplies last. They are to be placed on private property along grass roadside cover managed for wildlife. Signs are to be mounted on a post or private fence.
They are not to be within any portion of the road right-of-way including the roadside ditch or on any fence owned by the road authority. The sign notifies passersby that the roadside is left undisturbed for nesting wildlife such as pheasant, gray partridge, waterfowl and grassland songbirds.
A second sign is available to landowners who have native prairie growing in their roadsides. Native prairie remnants along roadsides are becoming quite rare.
Contact Larinda.Burg@ dnr.state.mn.us or (507) 359-6035.