Native Birds for Insect and Rodent Control: American Kestrels

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As horse owners, we often wrongly believe we are destined to “put up” with flies and insects as well as rodent infestations. Other times we become so frustrated with the situation that we resort to chemical warfare, potentially adding unnecessary and harmful toxins to the environment. This week at Sweet Pepper Ranch we took a step towards a least-toxic rodent and bug control method: we put up our first nest box to begin encouraging the native animals that will help us with pest control

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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