Adam Baz is a falconer and wildlife biologist living in Portland, Oregon. His falconry work consists of training birds of prey (falcons and hawks) to help manage flocks of invasive or nuisance birds on vineyards, landfills, airports and more. A recent contract involved using Harris Hawks to herd an unruly flock of 10,000 crows out of Portland’s downtown shopping district.This application of falconry provides the most sustainable and ethically sound approach to navigating such human-wildlife conflicts. His work as a biologist includes research on urban woodpecker populations through Portland State University, and breeding bird conservation with the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. He will be using his time at the PLAYA residency to write a manuscript analyzing the distribution of woodpeckers in Portland’s urban parks.