Sturnus vulgaris

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This week, we hear a story in two acts about a very familiar bird—the common starling. It's a non-native species that is omnivorous, gregarious, adaptable, and highly successful in its adopted land. It turns out we humans have inadvertently put out the welcome mat for this alien species. Act One tells the story about this winged invader with an $800 million appetite for fruit crops. As for Act Two, we’ll let independent producer Josh Kurz and the theater troupe Higher Mammals explain.

Learn more about the Higher Mammals theater troupe here.

Startling recordings courtesy of Donald Kroodsma and were recorded at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Photo Credit: Philip Heron

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