Farm Birds!

We’re excited to be a part of the WSU Avian Biodiversity Project, aka The Farm Birds Study. This is our second year participating, along with lots of other farms up and down the west coast. Organic farm ecosystems are incredibly complex, but this group is collecting the kind of long term data we need to help us understand what is actually going on. Are the birds reducing pest pressure on our farm? Preliminary data suggests they are. And if so, then what are the most effective strategies we can use for increcreasing their populations so they can eat more pests!

The researchers were at our farms this week and I haven’t heard back about the bugs, but they saw all these bird species:

  • Brewer’s blackbirds
  • Common yellowthroats
  • White-crowned sparrows
  • American goldfinch
  • Savannah sparrows
  • Lesser goldfinch
  • And an adorable killdeer baby too : )