Dancing Scarecrow

Researchers at Cornell are conducting New York State fieldwork to assess bird damage to orchards and find new, sustainable ways to reduce it 

Inflatable Dancing Scarecrows Save Crops

December 18, 2013

Dancing Scarecrow

Researchers at Cornell are conducting New York State fieldwork to assess bird damage to orchards and find new, sustainable ways to reduce it. The winning strategy so far? The noisy inflatable plastic characters that often snap and flail over used car lots—used as scarecrows among the vines or fruit trees. The inflatable scarecrows work better than netting, danger-warning bird calls, or hawk kites.

Bird damage to fruit is estimated at $200 million annually for California, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Washington. The Cornell project is part of $2 million, multistate grant funded by the USDA–National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Initiative. ACSF Faculty Fellow Paul Curtis (NTRES) is a collaborator.

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