Bird damage prevention for Northern New England Fruit Growers [fact sheet]

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Birds can become especially serious pests in blueberries and strawberries, but they also cause injury in other small fruit and tree fruit. There are many bird control options, to fit a wide variety of problems. Some solutions (netting, for example) deter virtually all species, while others work only on a few. This publication, written by Dr. Alan Eaton, outlines many of the bird management tactics available to farmers, and discusses how best to use each one successfully. The full publication includes the following sections:  

  • Netting
  • Visual effigies
  • Sound deterrents
  • Electric perching wire
  • Taste repellents
  • Toxicants
  • Shooting
  • Trapping
  • Hawk and owl nest boxes
  • Falconry
  • Reducing habitat favorability
  • Specific bird problems
  • Notes on bird species
  • Acknowledgements
  • Lists of suppliers

Access the full publication here: Bird damage prevention for Northern New England Fruit Growers



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