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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Falcons as pest control

Falconer Conor Bucalo, 20, of San Diego, flies Merlot, an 8-year-old male Aplomado falcon while patrolling one of the blueberry fields at Roy Farms in Moxee, Yakima County, Washington, Thursday July 10, 2014. Falcon Force uses raptor birds to scare away other birds from destroying fragile crops like cherries and blueberries. They call it "falconry-based bird abatement," and say it is a cleaner, greener way of ridding crops from flying pests. They also contract with vineyards, landfills and airports for bird-abatement services as well.

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