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Farmer to Farmer Field Day: All Things Avian

05/30/19, 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

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 conservation 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 $15 and includes lunch and a copy of Wild Farm Alliance's Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds Booklet.

Agenda Includes:

7:45 am - 9 am - Registration

8 am - 9 am - Bird Walk (Optional - for early birders!)

  • Cliff Hawley, birder and naturalist, leads a bird walk around the farm. Expect to see W. Bluebirds and several kinds of flycatchers, woodpeckers, warblers, towhees and waterfowl.

9 am - 1:30 pm - Presentations, Lunch and Hedgerow Planting

  • Daniel Karp, PhD, UC Davis, captures birds on-site for close viewing using mist nets, while discussing the insights gained from this technique for understanding avian pest control of insects in crops.
  • Alan Haight, co-owner of Riverhill Farm and keynote speaker at Sierra Harvest's 2019 conference, discusses a vision of continually increasing farm biodiversity.
  • Jo McProud co-owner of Riverhill Farm, shares landscaping objectives and how to determine which native plants to use.
  • Wendell Gilgert, Point Blue Conservation Science, discusses bird-friendly farming and indicators of land health.
  • Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance, shares highlights from their recent publication
    Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds.
  • Matt Johnson, PhD, Humboldt State University, covers his lab’s work on hedgerows increasing pest control by birds, Barn Owl nest box occupancy and hunting behavior, and migratory birds supported by farms here and in Central America.
  • Rex Dufour, National Center for Appropriate Technology, shares how hedgerows and other native plants support natural enemy insects.
  • Sabina Nicholson, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, discusses technical assistance available for installing bird-friendly habitat.
  • Sam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited, and Jo McProud, discuss the aesthetics and functionality of native plant hedgerows and demonstrate how to install one.


Wild Farm Alliance




Riverhill Farm


13500 Cement Hill Road, Nevada City, CA, 95959