This webinar took place on January 15, 2019
Wild birds are common inhabitants on every organic farm, but identification can be tricky. Participants will learn how to identify common farmland birds, their primary diets, and what their habitat requirements are. Learning to identify and attract beneficial insectivores and identify and discourage pests can help to maximize the benefits of wild birds while minimizing risks. The webinar will conclude by providing additional resources for wild bird identification and management for participants interested in continued education. North America holds over 400 breeding bird species, so the webinar will only cover the most common found in agricultural settings.
About the Presenter
Olivia Smith is a PhD candidate at Washington State University. Her research is focused on the role of wild birds in organic agriculture, with an emphasis on how farm management and the habitat around a farm shape the functional role of the bird community.
Funding for this webinar was provided by the NIFA OREI grant Avian Biodiversity: Impacts, Risks And Descriptive Survey.
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