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Feathered Friends: How the American Kestrel and Fruit Growers are Helping One Another
Feathered Friends: How the American Kestrel and Fruit Growers are Helping One Another

With the support of a USDA Speciality Crops Research Initiative Grant, the Lindell Lab has been investigating the impact of and possible solutions to crop damage by bird pests. Based on the ingenuity of American blueberry farmers, one potential solution is to attract American kestrels to their fruit orchards to take advantage of the the kestrels' natural tendency for hunting the insects, rodents, and small fruits that eat their blueberry crops. Lindell's team has been investigating the impact of attracting kestrels to cherry orchards since cherry orchards have similar problems with pest birds eating their fruit crop. They found that in areas with active kestrel nest boxes, there has been a decline in pest birds present in the orchards, less crop damage, and an increase in the struggling kestrel population. 

Learning is a Contact Sport: A Summer at KBS
Learning is a Contact Sport: A Summer at KBS

Zoology major, Wissam Jawad, provides a big-picture idea of a student's summer at MSU's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.

Catherine Lindell Selected as American Ornithological Society Fellow
Catherine Lindell Selected as American Ornithological Society Fellow

Catherine Lindell was selected as a 2017 American Ornithological Society Fellow. American Ornithological Society Fellows are selected each year in recognition of their experience, commitment, and contributions to the field of ornithology and the society.

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