Shooting in Costa Rica: Songbirds and live Fences

Shoot Day: Feb 23, 2014

Here’s Alejandra Martinez-Salinas with Jacques Avelino near CATIE , standing beside a newly planted “live fence.  A live fence is basically a double row of trees (different species) that line a crop field. It may seem like a tiny step (and it ain’t no rainforest) but it is a miracle to be able to convince a poor local farmer to give up an 8 feet strip of valuable crop from their already small farming plot for trees. The live fence can provide a corridor for animals and link forest patches. One benefit is more birds, and more birds equals more natural pest control, which is a big step in the right direction for sustainable agriculture – and for songbirds.