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WANTED- European Starling

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shannon valentin

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WANTED
- European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris
A.K.A Mr. Worldwide

By: Shannon Valentin
Size & Shape:
chunky and blackbird-sized
short tails
Long, slender beaks
Color Pattern:
At a distance, starlings look black
In summer they are purplish-green iridescent with yellow beaks
In winter, plumage are brown with white spots
Behavior:
Boisterous, loud, and they travel in large groups

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
Last Seen & Suspected Hideouts
Estimated damage to agriculture crops in the US was $800 million/year
May spread infectious diseases that sicken humans and livestock, costing nearly $800 million in health treatment costs
Contributed to decline of native cavity-nesting birds by usurping their nesting sites.
Crimes Committed
Methods of Control /Eradication
Last Seen:
Europe
Asia
Northern Africa
Suspected Hideouts:
Found jusr about anywhere
Make the public aware that European Starlings are found all over the planet
U.S. government has made an effort: poisons, spray detergents, & broadcasting starling distress calls
Denying winter cover or roosting sites will expose more Starlings to winter weather killing them off
Deny places to roost or breed inside cities, towns, and farms
Reward
• $800 million saved from agricultural crop damage yearly
• $800 million saved in health treatment cost
• Increased population of native birds

Bibliography

• http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/European_Starling
• http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/nwrc/publications/07pubs/linz076.pdf
• http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/animals/eurostarling.shtml
• http://www.takepart.com/photos/10-worlds-worst-invasive-species/starling
• http://www.columbia.edu/itc/cerc/danoff-burg/invasion_bio/inv_spp_summ/Sturnus_vulgaris.html
• http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/european_starling/id

Why was the European Starling Brought
Since its introduction into North America in 1891, European Starling populations have grown to over 200 million birds
They can now be found coast to coast and in Alaska.
1890 Eugene Schieffelin released 60 European starlings he had just received in Central Park
Schieffelin was a big fan of Shakespeare, and wanted to bring all of the birds mentioned by the Bard to New York City
GREEN- Native and/or nesting
ORANGE- Introduced
YELLOW- Reintroduced
BLUE- Rare / Occasional
PURPLE- Doubtful presence
RED- Probably extinct
BLACK- Extinction of the species
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