wildlife Tag

Related ATTRA publication: Beneficial and Pest Birds: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet A study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology by University of California, Davis, scientists shows that farms with surrounding natural habitat experience the most benefits from wild birds. According to study results, when farms are surrounded by natural habitat, wild birds are less likely to carry foodborne pathogens and eat crops. Although the study ranked birds on whether they were likely to provide costs or benefits to farms, it also revealed that most species could bring either costs or benefits, depending on how the farm landscape was managed. The presence...

Farmers, ranchers, and researchers have come to understand that the functionality of ecosystems on farms is largely dependent on plant and animal biodiversity. Functional ecological processes and services are facilitated by biology, necessitating maintenance of biological integrity and diversity in agroecosystems.
By Lee Rinehart, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist ...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Katherine Favor heads to Terranova Ranch in the central San Joaquin Valley of California to talk about conservation hedgerows with Don Cameron, the ranch’s general manager and vice president.
NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Katherine Favor and Don Cameron, General Manager of Terranova Ranch...