As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 17 November 2013

USDA uses chemical to reduce Grand Island starling population

The U.S. Department of Agriculture treated starlings on Tuesday in Grand Island using DRC-1339, which will assist in reducing the starling population, according to a press release from City Hall.

The chemical used is bird-specific, and harm to any animal other than the target species is not anticipated, the press release said. The targeted birds will die 24 to 36 hours after eating the treated feed and will often be found at their roosting locations.

The use of the chemical is only effective during the fall and winter months, when large flocks consistently feed in one location. During the spring and summer months, the birds are less likely to congregate in large numbers as they feed in local fields and on grain and insects, making treatment applications nearly impossible, according to the press release.

People who find deceased starlings on their private property can dispose of the birds in trash containers. The USDA recommends using gloves or a bag when picking the starlings up.

Those who are physically unable to dispose of the birds can call City Hall at 385-5444, extension 260, to make arrangements for cleanup. The city will only offer this service if a resident is incapable of the collection and disposal of the birds.

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