Thursday, February 10, 2005

Catch a Falling Starling

Note to the USDA: It would be nice if you could maybe send out a warning to the local townsfolk next time you decide to poison a big flock of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). According to this story from the Peoria Journal Star, residents in the town of Washington, Illinois were horrified to discover hundreds of dead starlings on their property last week, in some cases more than 20 birds per homeowner. A representative from the USDA stated that the poisoning was done to reduce population numbers, but won't reveal where the flock was from or who requested the culling.

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