Join us to talk about how to support beneficial birds for alfalfa and row crop operations!
When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $15 per person (includes lunch and a copy of WFA's Bird Booklet)
Where: Windmill Feed, 23354 Co Road 95, Woodland, CA 95695
Register Below by March 17, 2019
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Field day agenda and speakers include:
8:30 am – Registration, with coffee and snacks
9 am – 1:00 pm
- Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance, shares highlights from their recent publication Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds
- Duane Chamberlain discusses the swallows, owls, hawks, egrets and herons that make his farm home part of the year
- Sara Kross, Columbia University, shares her Barn Owl and alfalfa research, and how to manage pest birds
- Xeronimo Castaneda, Audubon discussing their birds in alfalfa program
- Rachael Long, UCCE, shares research project on hedgerows, birds, and pest control in walnuts, and economics of hedgerows
- Corey Shake, Point Blue and NRCS discusses research on woody field margins boosting on-farm bird diversity and abundance, and NRCS programs
- Sam Earnshaw Hedgerows Unlimited, discusses native plants and benefits of conservation plantings
- Drive down the street to the Union School Slough project where Jeanette Wrysinski, Yolo Resource Conservation District, describes why the Union School Slough was widened and how it is part of a larger restoration project
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About Chamberlain Farms
Duane Chamberlain started out farming with a friend right after college on a piece of ground in rural Yolo County. He still farms that piece of land more than 50 years later, as well as about 60 other sites where he raises alfalfa, grass and oat hay. Many of these fields have wooded edges, which support over-wintering birds that may help with pest control of the alfalfa weevil. A couple of fields hold easements specifically for the rare Swainson’s Hawks which arrive in the summer. With help from the Yolo RCD and Audubon California, Duane has reconfigured a steep, narrow, weedy, fast-moving slough that flows through one of his fields into a wider, more shallow waterway with native plants, providing better flood control and good cover for California Quail and pheasants.
Duane keeps track of the birds coming and going through- out the year. Cliff Swallow nests from last year hang on the garage next to his house, and he looks for their return every March. As we drive by many of his fields, he tells of Great Blue Herons and many types of egrets and hawks feasting on the “moving lunch rack” in the summer, when a front wave of water sent down the checks in the rice field will fill cracks in the soil, flushing out insects and mice.
Another part of Duane’s business is harvesting and selling wheat straw for racetrack horses, and rice straw for erosion control. The stores of wheat and rice straw often still have a bit of grain, and this attracts rodents and the Barn Owls that eat them year-round. We caught sight of the owls high up in the rafters in two of his many barns. They’ve been doing a good job in the barns, but he still wonders how much those owls help with rodents in the fields.
These field day are brought to you by generous support from Newman's Own Foundation, Strong Foundation for Environmental Values, and Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation and the following:
The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) provided partial or full funding for this project but does not necessarily agree with any opinion expressed, nor endorse any commercial product or trade name mentioned.
23354 Co Road 95
Woodland, CA 95695
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