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Fresno Audubon uses Barn Owls to build partnership with farmers

June 23rd, 2010 · by Garrison Frost

So conservationists and farmers don’t always get along — that’s not news, certainly not in the Central Valley. But as Audubon California has learned with its various landowner programs over the past few years, there are plenty of opportunities for the two to partner on projects to have benefits for both agriculture and the environment. Fresno Audubon has found just such an opportunity with its Barn Owl boxes on farms in Fresno County. Farmers were concerned about rodents, particularly gophers. Fresno Audubon convinced them to put up Barn Owl boxes. Given that a typical family of Barn Owls consumes up to 3,000 gophers per year … oh well, you can see where this is going.

Categories: Audubon Chapters · Bird conservation · Bird Habitat · Conservation research · Landowner Stewardship · Local Policy

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