Track 4: Designing a Farm to Be Bird Friendly
Lesson 8: Farmscape and Landscape Features
Megan is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Illinois Chicago. She studies ecosystem services (such as pest control) that birds provide in agricultural landscapes. Her previous research has focused on a variety of types of agriculture, including small organic farms, large conventional corn and soybean farms, and coffee farms.
Daniel is an associate professor in the department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California at Davis. His work focuses on identifying strategies to co-manage agricultural landscapes for conservation, agricultural production, and food safety. For example, Karp has explored how farming practices, and surrounding landscapes, affect the bird diversity on California farms as well as their benefits (and harms) to agricultural production.
Continued Education Credits/Units Approved:
- Explain how farming practices and surrounding landscapes affect birds on farms, as well as their impacts on crop production.
- Articulate how non-crop vegetation management, both on and off the farm, affects on-farm food-safety risks.
- Identify strategies that would likely help farmers simultaneously conserve birds, bolster crop production, and ensure food-safety.
- Net effects of birds on strawberries:
- Birds and food safety risks:
Multiple roles of birds on strawberry farms:
- Press release: https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/bringing-out-best-wild-birds-farms
- Associated article: https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.14124
Pest control by birds in corn/soybeans:
- Press release: https://outdoor.wildlifeillinois.org/articles/birds-from-the-prairie-eat-pests-from-the-farm
- Associated article: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/ibi.12994
- Associated article: https://academic.oup.com/condor/article/122/2/duaa009/5788601