Many bird species are inextricably tied to the farming landscape: Birds rely on farms for food, nesting locations, and stopover habitat during migration. Intensification of farming is linked to declines in avian diversity, and practices such as wildlife-friendly farming have been utilized to attempt to offset this decline.
Farmers are concerned, however, that implementing such practices will attract more crop-damaging bird species and will result in yield losses. On the other hand, ecological theory suggests that increasing habitat will attract more insectivores and provide farmers with better ecosystem services such as pest control.
Dr. Sara Kross is the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow with the UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology, and The Nature Con- servancy of California. At our March 18 meeting, she will describe her efforts to unravel this puzzle through both global examples and her own recent findings. Our program begins at 7:30 p.m. at 646 A Street in Davis. Come early for conversation and refreshments.