Riverhill Farm Field Day

riverhill-farm.jpgJoin 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: Thursday, May 30th, 7:45 am - 1:30 pm

Cost: $15 per person (includes lunch and a copy of WFA's Bird Booklet)

Where: Riverhill Farm, 13500 Cement Hill Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

Registration Closed


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Field Day Speakers and Agenda Include:

7:45 am – 9:00 am - Registration with coffee, tea and snacks

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Bird Walk (Optional – for early birders!)

  • Cliff Hawley, birder and naturalist, leads a bird walk around the farm. Expect to see W. Bluebirds and several kinds of flycatchers, woodpeckers, warblers, towhees and waterfowl.

9:00 am – 9:45 am – Viewing Birds Up-Close with Mist-Net Demonstration.

  • Daniel Karp, PhD, UC Davis, captures birds on-site for close viewing using mist nets, while discussing the insights gained from this technique for understanding avian pest control of insects in crops.

9:45 am - 12:30 pm

  • Alan Haight and Jo McProud, landowners, discuss Riverhill Farm's overall operations and show us key areas in and around the farm.
  • Wendell Gilgert, Point Blue Conservation Science, discusses bird-friendly farming and indicators of land health. 
  • Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance, shares highlights from their recent publication, Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds.
  • Matt Johnson, PhD, Humboldt State University, covers his lab's work on hedgerows increasing pest control by birds, Barn Owl nest box occupancy and hunting behavior, and migratory birds supported by farms here in and in Central America. 
  • Rex Dufour, National Center for Appropriate Technology, shares how hedgerows and other native plants support natural enemy insects. 
  • Sabrina Nicholson, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, discusses technical assistance available for installing bird-friendly habitat. 

12:30 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:30 pmPlanning, Installation and Care of Hedgerows

  • Sam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited, and Jo McProud, discuss the aesthetics and functionality of native plant hedgerows and demonstrate how to install one.

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

See Below for Registration Information and Ticket Purchase

About Riverhill Farm

5870720951_9f4f170a5f_o.jpgAlmost 20 years ago, Alan Haight and Jo McProud transformed a dry grassland with a couple of ponds into a profitable farm and an oasis for birds and other wildlife. Their goal was to increase the biodiversity on their farm. 

Ornithologists and entomologists tell them they've succeeded. Counts show there are now more birds and insect life on the farm than in the surrounding natural landscape. Beauty is everywhere you look, thanks to Jo's skills as a landscape architect and to Alan's sense of "the more diversity, the better."

They have sculpted the farm using crops, native vegetation and permeable fencing to allow for water and beneficial wildlife to flow right through, while holding the soil in place and reaping some pest control along the way. 

As farmer-naturalists, Alan and Jo look at ways to blend their need to be productive with their interest in giving back to wild nature. Supporting the wild with habitat is one way to do that. Recently, Alan and Jo have leased their farm business to Antonio Garza and Daylin Wade, but they still live on the property, managing the farms' edges and wildlands.

This field day is 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 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.


May 30, 2019 at 7:45am - 1:30pm
Riverhill Farm
13500 Cement Hill Rd
Nevada City, CA 95959
United States
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Shelly Connor ·