[midvalleybirds] Fwd: OSU seminar Nov. 22 on birds as "insect pest control"

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Tue Nov 19 04:47:22 PST 2019

From: Josée Rousseau <josee.rousseau at oregonstate.edu> 
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:12:22 -0800 
Subject: [obol] OSU EECB Seminar - Dr. Matt Johnson - Nov. 22 

This week's OSU seminar speaker is a birder and ornithologist!! 
Please join us for the seminar presented by Dr. Matt Johnson, professor in 
the Wildlife Department at Humboldt State University, California. His talk, 
titled "*Birds, pests, and habitat: case studies of bird-provided ecosystem 
services from Jamaica, Kenya, and California*", will be presented on Friday 
Nov. 22 at 3 pm in LINC 302. 

Global crop demand is projected to increase by 70 percent by 2050, putting 
increased stress on the protection of natural habitats and conservation of 
global biodiversity. Ecosystem services, such as pest control and 
pollination, are critical benefits of biodiversity important for 
agricultural production. Predators, including birds, can provide important 
pest control in agroecosystems, boosting crop yield and offsetting the need 
for expensive inputs such as pesticides. Birds are mobile and responsive to 
habitat conditions, which prompts the need to understand how local habitat 
and landscape characteristics affect the delivery of ecosystem services. 
This talk will review how my students and I have studied bird-delivered 
insect pest control in coffee farms in Jamaica and Kenya, and rodent pest 
control in winegrape vineyards of California. Our aim is to reveal how 
farmers can use local and surrounding habitats to achieve win-win scenarios 
by advancing both the provisioning of economically valuable pest control 
and the conservation of native birds. 

The associated poster is [downloadable at] 
[ https://www.freelists.org/archives/obol/11-2019/pdfu3Kr6sxnOE.pdf | https://www.freelists.org/archives/obol/11-2019/pdfu3Kr6sxnOE.pdf ] 

Thank you, 


Josée Rousseau 
PhD Candidate, Dept. Forest Ecosystems and Society 
Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 
josee.rousseau at oregonstate.edu 
(541) 286-8617 

Joel Geier 
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis 

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