Although Northeastern fruit growers have long complained about bird damage, no one has been able to quantify it.
In March, apple and cherry growers in New York will receive a mail survey on bird damage to Honeycrisp apples, sweet and tart cherries, winegrapes and blueberries, according to a news release.
The survey is a coordinated effort by Cornell University, the New York Apple Association, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and the New York State Berry Growers Association.
The survey is one part of a multi-state effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Among the participants are fruit marketing groups in Michigan, California, Washington and New York. Michigan State University is coordinating the project nationally.
The project's long-term goal is to provide fruit growers with effective, environmentally sustainable bird management strategies based on economics.
In addition, the project aims to provide citizens and officials in fruit-growing areas with economic information about bird damage and bird-management strategies.
For more information about the survey, contact Bill Siemer at (607) 255-2828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.