Role of Birds on Farms Course - Lesson 2 Resources

Track 1. Introduction: Birds as Pest Control Allies

Lesson 2: How Many and What Kinds of Pests Do Birds Eat

Presenters: Dr. Elissa Olimpi - Virginia Tech & Jo Ann Baumgartner - WFA

Elissa is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Virginia Tech and works at the interface of conservation and agriculture. Her research focuses on understanding the processes that determine species distributions and functions, and how we can harness this knowledge to conserve, manage, and restore biodiversity. Much of her recent work focuses on the relationship between birds and California agriculture.

Jo Ann, Executive Director of Wild Farm Alliance, is the author of many farm publications on birds, biodiversity, food safety and organic agriculture. Before joining WFA in 2001, she received her Master’s researching birds eating codling moths in apple orchards, worked for other sustainable agricultural nonprofits and was an organic farmer for over a decade.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify management practices that can promote avian pest control benefits
  • Describe songbird pest control of insects in: orchards and vineyards; row crops; and shade-grown crops.

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