Organic Farmers Sought for Interviews About Birds on Strawberry Farms

Ph.D. student Alejandra Echeverri is working in California’s central coast to understand how strawberry growers and managers of strawberry farming operations perceive birds on the farm. 
 
Specifically, Echeverri hopes to conduct in-person surveys with strawberry growers or managers to understand which practices they are using to attract birds to or deter birds from their farms. She also is interested to find out whether they see some birds as beneficial or pests on their farms.
 
If you are an organic strawberry grower or a manager of a strawberry farming operation, please consider participating in her study. Your input and involvement in this study is incredibly valuable. Echeverri is looking for 50 farmers to answer a 30-minute survey in person. She will give you a $50 gift card to compensate you for your time upon completing the survey.
 
If you are interested in participating, all you need to do is contact Echeverri to arrange a time for her to visit you. Interview dates are from June 20- July 20, 2018. If you are available any time during those dates, she would love to talk to you. 
 
If you are interested, please e-mail her at alejandra.echeverri@alumni.ubc.ca, or call her at (778) 986-1643. 
 
This project is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Jiaying Zhao and Dr. Kai M.A. Chan at the University of British Columbia. 
 
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This article was submitted by Alejandra Echeverri. 
 
Alejandra Echeverri is a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research mostly focuses on understanding human-bird interactions in farming landscapes. 
 
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