Taking Steps to Change: Benefits from Birds and Soil Biodiversity

We are excited to share with you the newest video in our series about supporting beneficial birds on the farm. 

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This video features Kristin Jacobs of Bullseye Farms and Dr. Sara Kross of Columbia University.

Kristin, Food Safety and Sustainability Manager for Bullseye Farms in Woodland, California, is navigating the dynamics of sustainable management in their nuts, row crops, grains and forage. She is helping to create a more efficient operation that is less dependent on synthetic inputs, while building community engagement.

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In the two and a half years she has been in her role, Kristin has influenced the farm - continuing to expand their soil building practices, and planting 1.5 miles of hedgerows. She is also restoring a 5-acre swale situated between two almond orchards, to attract pollinators, beneficial insects and birds to the farm.

Dr. Sara Kross is a conservation biologist and agroecologist at Columbia University. Her research program focuses on human wildlife interactions in human-dominated landscapes. She has studied how songbirds and raptors provide pest control services to many crops in California and to wine grapes in New Zealand.

In all of the research she has conducted, she found that when farmers provide habitat for birds, even just a few trees on the field edges or nest boxes and perches, the benefits almost always outweigh the risks.

Learn more about Kristin Jacobs and Bullseye Farms

You can watch our other videos and learn more on WFA's Beneficial Birds Multimedia Story Platform.

If you are interested in installing a hedgerow and would like assistance, please contact us!

Download this useful resource Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture written by Sam Earnshaw and Community Alliance With Family Farmers (CAFF).

Visit WFA's Hedgerows to the Moon and Back Program