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. Farmers may be able to reduce their pest-control costs by providing habitat for these beneficial birds and by only targeting detrimental birds at the right time and place.
Wild Farm Alliance and two avian ecologists present on:
a) How birds’ diets, foraging strategies, and nesting periods affect the farm
b) How best to manage and co-exist with pest birds
c) Why on-farm habitat and the surrounding landscape influences pest control
d) What farmers can do to make farms more bird-friendly and resilient.