Then post-doc Dr. Sara Kross was interested in how habitat along field edges and in the surrounding vicinity impacted the ecosystem services and disservices birds provide on farms. Sara and her two undergraduate field technicians, Ryan Bourbour and Breanna Martinico, set out to measure bird diversity and crop damage by birds and pest insects in sunflower fields across the Sacramento Valley of California. Our findings are summarized in the info graphic below:
Kross, S., Martinico, B., Bourbour, R. P., Townsend, J. M., McColl, C., & Kelsey, R. (2020). Net effects of field and landscape scale habitat on insect and bird damage to sunflowers. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.