Blueberry growers use falcons to scare birds
Blueberry growers in Oregon are looking to the skies for assistance - hoping birds can protect their crop - from birds.
They are using trained falcons to keep smaller birds at bay in what is turning out to be a growing trend.
It’s not a new practice it’s something they’ve borrowed from California grape growers, who have been doing the same for over 10 years now.
Verne Gingerich, owner of Gingerich Farms, a Canby, Ore., blueberry operation, met Getty Pollard and his trained falcons about 10 years ago. Pollard runs the Oregon-based company, B-1RD.
He trains his falcons to frighten starlings away from crops, rather than actually hunting and killing them.
The birds are deployed for a little while each day to create a presence that will deter birds that could cause damage to the crops from returning.