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March 2005
The Falcon and the Farmer
In response to grape-eating starlings and crows, B-1RD, Inc. has created a unique falcon patrol program to protect vineyards from birds' devastating effects on grape quality and yields.
by Christopher Sawyer
If you have had the chance to watch the charming documentary Winged Migration, you would know that many different species of birds can look rather stately or majestic when they work together as a team. Unfortunately, for many vineyard owners, that sort of imagery does not resonate well when you bring up the sour subject of migrant flocks of starlings--small black birds that roost at vineyards along the West Coast during the height of harvest season. These birds are neither picky nor shy. In...
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