Bait Set for Starling Population - No Long Term Solution to Problem

The City of Grand Island is once again addressing the Starling bird population.

Although the poison bait set out for the birds is a short term solution, there may not be any long term relief.

This time of year its not uncommon to find starlings in trees, parks, and neighborhoods throughout the city.

"I can't tell you why they choose a particular neighborhood in town," said Bird Expert Jill Liske-Clark.

Jill liske clark worked in bird conservation for about a decade before opening her own store, Crane River. It's a backyard nature shop for people that like to bring nature into their back yard, birds specifically.

"Most of the folks that come here are looking for things like cardinals and nut hatches and not so much Starlings," said Liske-Clarke.

If they are in your neighborhood chances are you know about it, because their droppings can cause a mess and even pose health risks.

"What we are really concentrating on is trying to thin out that stationary population," said G.I. Regional Planning Director Chad Nabity.

Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture put out bait which will assist in reducing the Starling population.

"The poison they are using to treat the population of starlings is safe for the public," said Jeremy Collinson with Central District Health Department.

It's not a long term solution and experts say there may not be one. According to the USDA the number of Starlings don't seem to be growing in the area, but the numbers aren't getting any smaller either.

"We look at the numbers every year we work with the USDA to determine if its appropriate to move forward with some sort of control or not and follow their recommendations," said Nabity.

This year that flock will likely thin out soon, but for years the city doesn't set out the bait, Liske-Clark says probably the best advice is to be patient.

"And know that come spring those flocks are going to begin to dispurse," said Liske-Clarke.


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