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increasing, although breeding
populations seem to be down.
in some of the information gaps.
In the coming year, he hopes to fill
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the collection of trapping data so it can
First of all, he hopes to standardize
be used to develop an index of
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control methods as the contentious
That will mean less need for such
noise cannons and other scare devices,
crop netting and the use of expensive
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falconers, who use their birds to
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dead trees, he does not recommend
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the removal of such habitat because
it’s also very valuable habitat for many
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wildlife.
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That led one delegate to January’s
convention to comment, “Starlings are
an urban pest that infects us.”
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growers continue to work
Fred Steele went on to recommend
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cooperatively with other groups such
Kelowna, BC
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as the B.C. Grapegrowers’ Association
on controlling starlings.
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work together to control them, noted
In fact, it’s important that everyone
fellow delegate Allan Patton. “There
will be pressure for regional districts
to reduce the funding they put towards
this program. We must encourage
them to continue their support,” he
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