Startling Starling Plummet in Europe

Startling Starling Plummet in Europe

  The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) evokes definite reactions in people. Described as a “Marmite” bird, “you either hate them, or love them.”  In the United States they are frequently disliked.  Often considered a nuisance, where introduced they compete with native birds for nest cavities and food, consume agricultural crops, and with their immense winter […]

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What's A Kakapo to You

What’s A Kakapo to You?

How much would you pay to keep a certain species from going extinct?  This question demands our moral attention much like another question that frequently arises amongst friends and colleagues:  “How much would you pay to have cancer palliative care offered to your dog:  $5,000, $10,000 ,$20,000?” There is no easy answer to this question […]

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Bipolar Bird Poop Heals and Harms

In the last few month two reports surfaced noting in one case the harmful impact of bird feces, and in the other, its beneficial aspects. On the one hand, Spain has an ancient and dwindling cork oak forest where bird poop is harming the trees. “Over the last 40 years scientists had noticed that trees […]

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