Schaufler wins at SAF National Convention!

Congratulations are in order! Recently, Cornell’s very own Don Schaufler was one of ten foresters who were awarded with the Presidential Field Forester Award at the 2013 SAF National Convention held in Charleston, South Carolina! Schaufler has been involved with forestry for over 40 years, and has extensively worked as a manager in Cornell’s Arnot Forest by helping improve many acres and support the local economy.

The full story can be read in the attached file below, or in the latest issue of NYFOA’s magazine (New York Forest Owners Association;


Scary Dancers!

Thanksgiving may have just passed, but with the prominence of “scary dancers” on the rise, it may start to feel like Halloween!

Mentioned in the Cornell Chronicle and Wall Street Journal, a Web-based survey of fruit growers developed by Cornell’s Human Dimensions Research Unit and administered across California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Washington revealed a total of close to $200 million in self-reported losses due to bird damage. Furthermore, the study also concluded that various forms of management could total up to $860 million, which led farmers to think outside of the  box when looking at ways to scare off these pesky birds. The result? Utilizing scary dancers; the ones most commonly seen at car dealerships to advertise a sale or grab a customer’s attention.

“My observation is that they worked better than any of the other things that were tested,” said Heidi Henrichs, a Cornell graduate student in the field of natural resources, who has been conducting fieldwork in New York state to assess bird damage to orchards across the country for the past two summers. “The vineyard managers and people who worked around these places said they just didn’t see birds like they normally do when these [figures] are dancing,” she added.

To read more about this “scary” phenomenon, click on the links below!