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Wanted Dead, Not Alive by shadowfire-x Wanted Dead, Not Alive by shadowfire-x
PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE.

If you're a bird lover in North America, this is probably your worst nightmare.

You can thank Eugene Schieffelin for introducing the European Starling to North America. He was the president of the American Acclimatization Society, a bunch of short-sighted folks who thought it would be -super cool- to introduced every species of bird mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. In 1890, Schieffelin released 60 starlings in New York's Central Park. Now, there are over 200 million of them in the United States.

Don't let the shiny colors fool you - to North America's native birds, the starling is a marauding, knife-faced murder machine. They like to nest in cavities, and will aggressively drive away any competition, using their beaks to stab eggs, chicks, and even attending adults of native birds. They are believed to be the main cause of the population decline of bluebirds, which nest in tree cavities. They will happily take man-made nest boxes, as well, driving out all but the most tenacious of native birds.

If you live in North America and encounter one of these birds, have a POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION, and it is SAFE AND LEGAL to do so, KILL IT. A pellet gun is an ideal way to eliminate starlings. Avoid any methods that cause unnecessary suffering (they can be devastating to native birds, but, they did not choose to come here), or are likely to harm non-target species, such as poisons and glue traps.

April 11, 2015 - Thousand Hills State Park

Fortunately, European Starlings don't seem to fare very well at the park. I think it has something to do with Cooper's Hawks finding them delicious.
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