A Different Take on Guard Animals
The Oregon Department of Agriculture reports that Gingerich Farms of Canby is using falcons to chase starlings and other pest birds from the fields. Farm owner Verne Gingerich told the ODA that starlings mocked previous attempts by roosting on towers until farmhands left the area, then returning to eat.
“With the falcons on site, the starlings no longer have security in our towers,” Gingerich told the ODA. “It has been a real efficient way of patrolling birds. This year, we’ve seen starlings around the perimeter. There is no doubt that if the falcons weren’t on our farm, the starlings would be back in our fields.”
The falcons come from an Oregon company called B-1RD, owned by Getty Pollard. Blueberry farmers, grape growers and others are the latest to use falcons for pest control.
Anyone here in West Virginia think of this??