Spring is in full swing, and it’s safe to assume that wildlife is nesting in your yard. Spring mowing and weed eating can hurt, kill, or expose baby animals to predators.
To minimize impacts, walk your lawn/field first looking for signs of nesting or hiding wildlife.
When starting to mow, begin in the middle and mow in circles, gradually moving outward so that escaping animals and birds can move through cover to safety.
In addition, carefully examine any burn piles left over from winter for the presence of birds and small mammals. Setting piles on fire can lead to major injuries and death for many small animals or birds.