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4 months ago

Falconers hired to discourage other birds from eating crops

Frustrated growers tired of seeing wild birds devastate their fruit crops are turning to raptors to patrol their fields, orchards and vineyards.

This ancient predator-prey relationship is creating work for scores of falconers, who follow the seasonal cherry, blueberry and grape harvests from California to Oregon, Washington state and beyond.

"We've seen blueberry farms with significant damage 40 percent or more of their crop," said Brad Felger, a master falconer and owner of Airstrike Bird Control Inc., in Mount Vernon, Washington. "That pretty much justifies the cost of using us."

Falconers train their birds to intimidate rather than destroy, since state or federal laws protect all but a few bird species. It is illegal to kill pest birds without a permit.

"Bird abatement using raptors is not about killing, it's about chasing," Felger said. "We're careful about keeping the quality of abatement high."

Permits are also required to remove birds of prey from the wild or import them from other nations. Only captive-bred raptors can be used for agricultural work.

"No one under any circumstances may keep a raptor as a 'pet'," the Washington Department of Wildlife says. "Only licensed falconers may have birds of prey, and these birds must be flown freely (allowed to leave if they choose) and hunted regularly."

Fruit growing is more profitable and protected from biohazards when the fruit is free of cuts, gashes and animal wastes, Felger said.

"Hand pickers working in a damaged field must do a lot of time-consuming sorting," he said. "It takes more labor to harvest that kind of crop than it does one without bird damage."

The falcons and hawks are trained to swoop down and scare bird pests away from fruit trees, vineyards and shrubs or simply soar and circle above.

"Birds naturally fear raptors, and pretty soon the targeted birds figure out they're not safe and find someplace else to go," Felger says.

European starlings are Public Enemy No. 1 for most fruit growers since they descend in large flocks to feast. Seagulls, blackbirds, crows, cedar waxwings, finches, crows and robins also contribute to crop damage.

Falconers' fees vary. "Certain fields are harder to work with raptors than others," Felger said. "Cost effectiveness generally depends upon size and topography. For projects larger than 1,000 acres, you'll probably have to add a second falcon."

Britt Fletcher, owner of a 17-acre organic blueberry farm near Freeland, Washington, mixes falconry with other deterrents to make hiring falconers more affordable.

"It's hard having a falcon out there unless you have enough volume," Fletcher said.

He also uses noisemakers, drones and sky puppets those large balloon-like creatures often seen floating above car lots.

"They're (sky puppets) not predictable in the way they move and that's helpful," Fletcher said. "I have a half-dozen."

4 months ago

Dogs :: Eye Infections In Dogs

Have you ever wondered if there are common plants that repel mosquitoes as well as other insects? Well, plants manage to support the answers too many of the very common problems also as fill one of the most basic needs of people. If you need your iguana and house to keep in a piece, you may need to "iguana-proof" your home. .

The most common bacteria that cause conjunctivitis are streptococci and staphylococci. Your job would be to merely check that there's no pus, foul smell, or discharges abnormally coming out of their ears. Regardless of the specific cause, this really is the condition that manifests with all of of the general signs of an eye fixed infection, without any secondary symptoms.

There are various methods to remove fleas. Chigger larvae like to crawl all over the place. If your dog is uncomfortable and excessively chewing and biting his legs or rear end, scratching himself sore, or shows any signs or symptoms whatsoever of the bothersome skin condition, please seek the recommendation of the veterinarian right away.

What is parasite? Generally this might be one of two different parasites. You can dab some petroleum jelly on the comb to the fleas follow its teeth. It's best that they are not around the other person at all. It's best that they aren't around each other at all. Such will be the blessings of spring and the infamous chigger.

Since fleas feast upon blood, for sure they are going to excrete blood. He had not a clue what the situation was or if there really was a problem. Many folks have lived with chigger bite most of their lives but still wonder how to get rid of chiggers.

This article was posted on December 06, 2005. Your job is to merely check that there's no pus, foul smell, or discharges abnormally coming out of their ears. It was relentless and developed right into a biting sensation.

Juvenile Cellulitis (Puppy Strangles)This can be a condition that usually manifests as blisters around the eyes, additionally to blisters around the lips, mouth, nose and ears. If you are doing let them around each other, you need to watch them very closely. You do not need being hapless victim on this game of individual against beast. ----------.

5 months ago

Health & Fitness :: Can You Need Chigger Bite Help, Tonight?

Chigger season is here as well as the search is on again for a cure for chigger bites. We usethem as food, build our homes from them and we even use these phones cloth us and keep us warm. However, not all shih tzu owners are successful in keeping their shih tzu healthy and clear of diseases or health issues.

Rub dry soap over the mosquito bite. If you don't see anything positive happening to your dog since you've applied the cure, you may also stop it as your dog is not responsive for the treatment anyway. Fleas couldn't survive a problem only when they do not harm their host. Fleas couldn't survive a problem only if they do not harm their host. But since the cycle of the parasite moves from internal towards the skin of the affected animal, it can be also transmitted from touch of one animal to a different just as with the collembola.

9) Geraniums - Or citronella plant to beexact is really a part of the massive geranium family of plants. Chigger larvae like to crawl all over the place. These will have to be surgically removed and than followed on top of radiation.

Privacy Policy. You can dab some petroleum jelly on the comb to produce the fleas stay with its teeth. It's best that they are not around the other person at all. It's best that they're not around the other person at all. If your new puppy has joint pain, it'll place the leg down gingerly - since it hurt whenever you flexed it.

With age, a dog's teeth lose their brilliant whiteness of youth. But this doesn't mean that it doesn't work on repelling mosquitoes and other bugs such as the cabbage worm and the Japanese beetle. But this doesn't mean that it doesn't work on repelling mosquitoes and other bugs such as the cabbage worm as well as the Japanese beetle. And several perfectly healthy dogs will have warm dry noses. There will also be allergies that may have an effect on their digestive system hence, it may result to watery stools, diarrhea, or vomiting.

ConjunctivitisThis is generally probably the most common type of eye infection seen regularly in dogs. However, fleas feed on their host's blood, causing skin irritation, allergic reactions, anemia and sometimes, death. Fleas would not be a problem as long as they do not harm their host. Fleas would not be a problem only if they are doing not harm their host. Other dog skin problems include tumors, seborrhea skin diseases, melanomas and infected sores.

If you find any signs that could point to a problem, talk to your vet. Household ammonia can be use since it really helps to minimize the sting produced due to the bite. There are many different reasons behind these growths some very severe, plus some not as severe, but you can not be certain and all growths need being checked as soon as they are discovered.

5 months ago

Why does my bedroom have so much dust?

dust doesn't "exist" in nature because things keep moving. No time to make dust.

Dust is made from stray particles from clothing, stuff stuck to clothing, and organic matter such as hair and dead skin cells. You yourself bring in dust. Fans just make the dust airborne.

The AC can't clean dust that's already in your room, only from incoming dust.

Open up your room, let nature's air conditioner cleanse your stagnant air. Although this ironically brings in dust, it circulates it to the outside, rather than you coming in and just depositing more and more. Humidity can also affect the accumulation of dust.

Plus dusting just moves the dust around, not eliminate it. Microfiber or damp cloth will do.

Let things move, or risk mildew.