Today farmers who are masters at IPM—Integrated Pest Management—are using ecological pest-control strategies that include birds. They understand that the overwhelming majority of songbirds are beneficial during nesting season because they feed pest insects to their voracious nestlings. With this publication, we are spreading the knowledge of how all farmers can make the most of birds on their farms.
This webinar describes how beneficial birds can help farmers keep pest insects, rodents, and pest birds at bay. They act the same way that beneficial insects do in helping with pest control. The overwhelming majority of songbirds are beneficial during nesting season because they feed pest insects to their voracious nestlings.
This platform is an online resource that gives farmers practical tools for implementation, inspiring stories, and the opportunity to support birds on farms. Each tab highlights how birds can be used for pest control on the farm.
We've compiled several stories and created videos to illustrate innovative practices that farmers are employing to attract beneficial birds to their farms. You can view the video stories on this page or learn more about each farm on our StoryMap.