Check out our latest video in our series about supporting beneficial birds on the farm. This video features Ames Morison of Medlock Ames Vineyard and Breanna Martinico, a PhD Ecology Student at UC Davis.
At Medlock Ames Vineyard located in Alexander Valley, California, conservation is core to their farming practices. They know their actions support essential services for their vineyard like pest control from birds. Barn Owls are encouraged with nest boxes, and hawks with perches, making rodents much less of a problem. Western Bluebirds are supported with nest boxes too and they will likely help keep Sharpshooter numbers down.
Besides boxes and perches providing this structural habitat, 80% of the land is conserved in vegetative habitat—native oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral—which provide other food sources for the birds to feed their young during nesting season, and to feed themselves other times of the year.
These natural landscapes also provide Barn Owls and Western Bluebirds with what they need—more foraging habitat than the vineyard itself—which ensures better nest box occupancy. With large parts of the estate dedicated to nature, safe wildlife movement corridors are present and the watershed’s health is protected.
This video is part of our series, where we are featuring farmer leaders, agricultural professionals, researchers and conservationists. You can watch our other videos and learn more on WFA's Beneficial Birds Multimedia Story Platform.
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