[Market-farming] Milar and Birds

Shoemaker, William H wshoemak at illinois.edu
Sat May 5 21:36:22 EDT 2012

I don't work with cherries much, but I work with grapes a lot. Bob's right. The mylar won't be enough. In my experience, you need multiple tactics in your strategy. Robins love grapes so we use nets on our 2 acres of grapes. But they will find there way through if that is all you do. We also use a Bird-Grad alarm system. It uses digital tech to create the sound of specific species of birds in distress, including Robins. The strategy then employs a physical barrier and a tool to instill deep-seated fear. The birds, including Robins, become tentative because of the alarm. Their attempts to overcome the fear by diving at the nets to get the grapes (gotta get the grapes, gotta...) are defeated by the net barrier. The mylar might be useful to reinforce the fear, but you will probably need more. I find that each site has a unique situation, but that using multiple layers in your strategy is necessary almost everywhere with birds and fruit.


William H. Shoemaker

University of Illinois, Crop Sciences

St Charles Horticulture Research Center

535 Randall Road, St Charles, IL  60174

630-584-7254, wshoemak at illinois.edu<mailto:wshoemak at illinois.edu>

From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] on behalf of Marty Kraft [martyk at allspecies.org]
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Subject: [Market-farming] Milar and Birds

Do strips of mylar hanging in trees or arbors scare robins away from cherries or grapes?

Marty Kraft
Please respond to climate change in your own way. Let care of nature become second nature.

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