Bag fruit on the tree to protect it from pests. The best thing though is those little nylon socks you get when trying on shoes. Bribe a shoe salesman for a box, or check with your local master gardeners/arborists association, mine sells them for $16 a box. You can reuse them too.
Advice on drying pears, Apples, berries and other fruit from the wonderful article Drying Fruit for Storing by growveg.com. I have always made pickles and jams but have only ever dried tomatoes, peppers and herbs- this article shows you what else you can do and is very useful. Learn more at http://www.pinterest.com/growveg/canning-and-preserving-a-z/