California Vineyards Are Using Owls Instead Of Poison

February 23, 2022

Barn owls are one of the secrets to success for Napa Valley's world-class wines.

Rather than relying on chemicals and pesticides, winemakers work with owls. A family of barn owls may eat as many as 1,000 rodents during the nesting season. Another study estimated a family eats an average of 3,400 annually.

So the next time you take a sip of that California pinot, take a moment to thank our feathered friends who helped make that glass possible.

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