THE VOICE OF ONTARIO'S FRUIT, VEGETABLE
AND GREENHOUSE PRODUCERS FOROVER 150 YEARS

OFVGA Wins Premier's Award

American Kestrel, photo by Terry Sohl

Each year, Ontario growers lose more than $24 million of fruit each year to wild birds. Looking for a better way to protect crops, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association partnered with researchers from Brock University to install American kestrel nesting boxes near orchards and corn fields. These birds of prey feed on smaller bird species, as well as insects, mice and voles, offering a natural approach to damage control. The low-cost, low-maintenance method is effective: the number of nuisance birds dropped 20 to 30 per cent on operations where the nesting boxes were installed. And while farmers enjoy bigger harvests, they can also feel good knowing that they’re helping to reverse the decline of kestrels in Ontario.

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 

For more information about the American kestrel project can be found by clicking here