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BirdNote: Falcons And Blueberries

Hemant Kulkarni

BirdNote: Falcons And Blueberries

Birds chasing other birds is a natural part of the avian world. But when you add a skilled falconer, that pursuit can disperse pest birds from airports and amusement parks, and protect a farmer's fields.

A blueberry farmer in Washington pays a licensed falconer to scare birds, mainly starlings, away from his crops. 

Pee Wee, a Barbary Falcon, along with his dozen cohorts, dive-bombs starlings and can save the farmer three to four tons of blueberries every day. One more way that birds benefit people!