WILD FARM ALLIANCE: FARMER TO FARMER FIELD DAY: ALL THINGS AVIAN
March 21 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: 1620 S Whitehall Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
Cost: $20 per person (includes lunch and a copy of WFA’s Bird Booklet and a copy of Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Birds in the Vineyard Best Practices)
Credits: 4.0 CE CCA hours approved
Description: Join us for a talk, hosted by Tres Sabores Vineyard, about how to support beneficial birds for alfalfa and row crop operations! Learn about the birds flying through your farm and how they might be a benefit to your operation. Hear from and connect with innovative farmers, avian researchers, and other experts about practices that attract beneficial birds for pest control and manage pest birds. In addition, participate in a demonstration hedgerow planting and learn how this habitat can benefit your farm. You will gain valuable experience in planning for practices aimed at attracting beneficial birds and other natural enemies. Registration is $20 and includes lunch and copies of Wild Farm Alliance’s Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds and Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Birds in the Vineyard Best Practices.
Agenda: 8:00 am – Registration, with coffee and snacks
8:15 am – Elissa Olimpi, PhD, avian researcher, captures birds on-site for close viewing using mist-nets;
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Jo Ann Baumgartner, WFA, describes supporting beneficial birds and managing pest birds;
- Julie Jedlicka, PhD, Missouri Western State University, discusses her Western Bluebird research in vineyards;
- David Graves, Co-founder of Saintsbury, discusses wildlife corridors in agriculture;
- Sara Kross, PhD, Columbia University, shares her Barn Owl and Falcon research and how to co-exist with pest birds in vineyards;
- Lucas Patzek, PhD, Napa RCD, discusses their Re-Oaking program with respect to birds;
- Matt Johnson, PhD, Humboldt State University, discusses his lab’s work on Barn Owl nest box occupancy and hunting behavior in and around vineyards;
- Sam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited, discusses and demonstrates how to install a native plant hedgerow;
- Julie Johnson, winemaker and owner of Tres Sabores, discusses reasons for the event and her overall operation.
12:30 pm – Lunch
Registration: Please register by March 18th 2019 on the event webpage.