Join farmers, avian ecologists, researchers and conservationists virtually for a discussion on practices that support beneficial birds and manage pest birds.
When: Wednesday, March 10th 8:30 am - 10:45 am (Pacific Time)
Cost: FREE (but you must register to attend)
Field Day Speakers and Agenda Include:
8:30 am – 8:40 am Welcome and Overview
8:40 am - 10:45 am Presentations and Q&A Discussion
- Ames Morison, co-founder and winemaker, discusses Medlock Ames' approach to farming with nature and specifically how they enlist the help of beneficial birds and wildlife in the care of the vineyard.
- Breanna Martinico, PhD Student, UC Davis, discusses Barn Owl and Kestrel prey, rodenticide impacts, habitat influences, and the best types and locations of nest boxes and perches.
- Sara Kross, PhD, Columbia University, shares her Falcon research on vineyards in New Zealand, how to co-exist with pest birds in vineyards.
- Adina Merenlender, PhD, UC Berkeley, describes the conservation of habitat corridors critical to climate resilience, watershed integrity, and health of birds and other wildlife.
- Thomas Moore, California Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), provides examples of how NRCS has helped birds and the growers who support them and discusses NRCS's technical and financial assistance programs.
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 virtual field day is brought to you by generous support from 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.