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Raptors in the Vineyard

Raptors in the Vineyard

Willamette Valley Vineyards is dedicated to producing the finest Pinot Noir from grapes grown in the Willamette Valley Appellation. Since the winery founding in 1983, stewardship of the land has been a key principle in our winemaking. Please consider taking a few moments to read about the ways we are addressing global warming.

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Raptors in the Vineyard

Barn owls and kestrels help protect our vineyards

In 2011 we partnered with the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon to place rehabilitated barn owls and kestrels into our vineyard for natural protection. We hung the first of six barn owl and kestrel nesting boxes around the vineyard. These birds help create a balanced eco-system by controlling pest populations. We continue to introduce birds each year.

Joe Perez, one of our long-standing AWS/OWE members, built the "bird condos" and has now placed them in three of our estate vineyards.

We'd like to thank Louise Shimmel, Executive Director of the non-profit Cascades Raptor Center for all of her work to make this possible. To find out more about the Cascade Raptors Center, please visit their website.

Click the links below to read historic articles and blogs about this project.

WVV - Giving a “Hoot” About Owls

Long Awaited Raptor Project Coming to Life

Animal Nature: Organic wineries ideal habitat for raptors

 
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