Monday, March 26, 2018

Kellogg Biological Station - Auditorium
3700 E. Gull Lake Drive
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Doors open at 7 p.m., event from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Catherine Lindell (MSU Associate Professor, Integrative Biology Department) and Dr. Phil Howard (MSU Associate Professor Dept. of Community Sustainability) will discuss:

• Kestrels nesting in orchards deter fruit-eating birds, providing economic benefits for farmers and the state of Michigan.

• Kestrels can be attracted to cherry orchards and blueberry fields by installing nest boxes.

• Installing nest boxes may also be beneficial to kestrels, whose populations have been declining for several decades.

• Consumers view nest boxes as more “natural” than other bird management practices (such as spraying food-safe chemicals that might repel birds from eating fruit).

• Consumers report a willingness to pay approximately 20% more for fruit produced using nest boxes, therefore communicating these production practices may result in higher prices, or at least market niches, for growers.

Enjoy coffee, tea and delicious locally sourced desserts provided by the KBS Conference Center. A cash bar featuring house wines and Michigan craft beer available prior to the event.

Registration for Dessert with Discussion - American Kestrels saving Michigan berries from predation is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2018.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact the KBS Community Relations office at or 269-671-2015.