Predator perches installed on the estate

August 29 2010

King Estate Winery Raptor Program Organic Farming, Predator Perches: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons
The King Estate raptor program continues to develop, with more nest boxes and releases, as well as the addition of ten new predator perches around the estate. We built these perches from natural materials gathered from around the property. The raptors prefer the feel of a natural wood branch under their talons. The construction is relatively simple, the only trick is protecting the raptors from the metal hardware. To do that we sliced some rubber bicycle inner tubes and used them to cover the metal, fastening the tube underneath the cross-member. These will typically be used by larger raptors like hawks and eagles. Once again, thanks to Cascades Raptor Center for their partnership and guidance.

King Estate is host to a thriving raptor population that aids in pest control by reducing the numbers of pesky rodents and birds that eat grapes. In addition to our native wild raptors we have established a partnership with Cascades Raptor Center by which we offer our estate as an ideal release site for orphaned and rehabilitated birds of prey.

Raptors, also known as birds of prey, are birds that hunt for food primarily on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision. Any bird that hunts other animals is a raptor. Their talons and beaks are relatively large and powerful.

Learn more & find more photos here: King Estate Winery Raptor Program

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk soars high above King Estate after being released at an educational event
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk soars high above King Estate after being released at an educational event