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84: Falconry Bird Abatement

As far back as 4000 years ago, man and falcon cooperated to the benefit of both. Today, they are used in the vineyard, other agricultural crops, resorts and landfills for sustainable bird abatement.

Beginning at version, grapes become a very attractive food for pest birds, particularly Sparrows and Starlings. Initially the vineyard is explored by small flocks of scouting birds. If those birds like the fruit, and if there is no obvious danger, the entire flock will follow. Falcons terrify pest birds, herding them away from the grapes, but not killing them.

Jake Messinger, Master Falconer and Bird Abatement Specialist, explains how each falcon species has their own talent. Falconers match the birds with the areas needs to deter pest bird species.

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