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bird exclosure

A bird exclosure experiment consists of a control (not pictured) and exclosure (pictured) plot. Birds are able to enter the control plot, where they can eat strawberries or strawberry pests, but cannot enter the exclosure plot, which is covered with coarse mesh netting that prevents birds from entering but allows arthropods to enter. Measuring the overall damage in the two treatments allows researchers to determine whether bird communities are beneficial, negative, or neutral to farmers. (Photo by Elissa Olimpi, Ph.D.)

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