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Birding with Jerry Hall: Birds help bring us wine, coffee

You might appreciate the beauty of birds and enjoy their cheerful chirping, but perhaps you are unaware how useful they can be in assuring you have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

Birds prevent a deadly grape blight called Pierce's disease by consuming blue-green sharpshooters, insects with piercing, sucking mouthparts that spread bacteria among plants. This bacteria causes grape blight that can play havoc with vineyards.

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