Green Bullets Flying

 

Pet owners are at it again.  Letting loose unwanted exotic animals.  In Britain, rose-ringed parakeets released by their owners have reproduced rapidly, their numbers increasing from an estimated 1,500 back in 1995 to 30,000 just a few years ago.  Although beautiful to look at with bright green wing feathers and the characteristic rose-colored ring around the neck, these birds may outcompete the native nuthatch and other native birds for limited food resources.  Why have their numbers exploded?  Global warming?  Perhaps.  Check out what scientists have to say in a recent New York Times article, and don’t release your unwanted pets!  Aside from dooming them to a horrible death, you might inadvertently introduce a species to an area, allowing it to proliferate and outcompete native animals.  thttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/14/science/earth/14parakeet.html

 

 

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