Thursday 24 December 2020

RBA: Study examines attitudes toward non-native birds


Ring-necked Parakeet, (© Brian Anderson)

A new study from scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology examines public attitudes toward non-native bird species and whether people are willing to manage them to protect native cavity-nesting birds, such as Eastern Bluebirds and the American Kestrel. The findings are published in the Journal of Environmental Management.

"We examined the association between participating in the Cornell Lab's NestWatch citizen-science project and enjoyment, knowledge, and management of two non-native species—the European Starling and the House Sparrow," says lead author Tina Phillips.

The researchers surveyed nearly 1,000 people who monitor nest boxes in the United States and Canada, 30% of whom were also reporting their observations to NestWatch, a citizen-science project focused on nesting birds.

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