Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association, Guelph

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MPP Liz Sandals, Susan Fiztgerald and Brian Gilroy

MPP Liz Sandals, Susan Fiztgerald and Brian Gilroy

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.


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