Medlock Ames Field Day

Join noted research scientists, farmers, resource personnel and other experts in the field for a discussion on practices that support beneficial birds and manage pest birds. 

General Information

When: Tuesday, April 14th, 8 am - 1 pm

Cost: $20 per person (includes lunch and a copy of WFA's Bird Booklet)

Where: Medlock Ames at Bell Mountain Ranch Vineyard, Healdsburg, CA

Register Below by April 9, 2020

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Field Day Speakers and Agenda Include:

8:00 am – 8:15 am - Registration with coffee, tea and snacks

8:15 am – 9:00 am – Viewing Birds Up-Close with Mist-Net Demonstration

  • Humboldt State University, captures birds on-site for close viewing, while discussing the insights gained from this technique for understanding avian pest control of rodents and insects.

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Presentations and Lunch

  • Ames Morison, co-owner and winemaker, discusses Medlock Ames' overall operation.
  • Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance, shares highlights from their recent publication, Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds.  
  • Anthony Thomas, Spring Mountain Vineyard, shares his experience of how increasing Western Bluebird nest boxes is decreasing the incidence of Pierce's disease.
  • Matt Johnson, PhD, Fulbright Scholar, HSU, covers his lab's work on Barn Owl nest box occupancy and hunting behavior in and around vineyards and reciprocity between growers and the birds they support
  • Kate Marianchild, acclaimed author of Secrets of Oak Woodlandsexplains how most animals, including birds and bats, depend on insects. Learn simple steps to reverse the insect apocalypse.
  • Adina Merenlender, PhD, UC Berkeley, describes the conservation of habitat corridors critical to climate resilience, watershed integrity, and health of birds and other wildlife. 
  • Keith Abeles, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, shares how the RCD supports the plantings of hedgerows and riparian areas
  • Sam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited, discusses the functionality of native plant hedgerows and how to install one. 
  • Shelly Connor, WFA, describes how up to $100K is available through the Healthy Soils Program for climate-friendly practices that can also support bird habitat. 

** DPR Continuing Education Units applied for. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.

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About Medlock Ames

At Bell Mountain Ranch, Barn Owls are encouraged with nest boxes, and hawks with perches, making rodents much less of a problem. Western Bluebirds' nest boxes were recently installed with the intention of keeping 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 supports the insects that songbirds need to eat during nesting season.

These natural landscapes also provide Barn Owls 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 field day is brought to you by generous support from Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, the Strong Foundation for Environmental Values and the following project partners:


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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.


April 14, 2020 at 8:00am - 1pm
Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Ranch Vineyard
13414 Chalk Hill Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
United States
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