Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS)

Established in 1968 – A Chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1970

We envision a healthy world where people and wildlife thrive and natural resources are protected.
The mission of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is to protect our natural environment and connect people with nature
 to benefit birds and other wildlife through conservation, education, research and advocacy.

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society
P.O. Box 544
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 397-3815

© 1968-2022 Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

Images and drawings on this site are used with permission of the artists and are subject to copyright.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

European Starlings: Love ’em or Hate ’em, They Do Amazing Things

January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society on Friday, January 18 when we host Professor Peter Fauth, Biology Department Chair at Hartwick College for a public program about the European Starling. The program is sponsored by the DOAS and takes place at the Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta, at 7:30 PM. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

Most birders don’t give European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) a second glance. Seen as dirty, loud, and aggressive, European Starlings are the birds most North Americans love to hate. During our January program, Dr. Peter Fauth will describe some of the natural history of European Starlings in an effort to convince you that the species is worth getting to know. In particular, Pete will describe studies, including his own, that explain their unusual behavior of incorporating sprigs of green plants into their nests. By the end of the presentation, your disdain for starlings may become an uncomfortable appreciation for this misunderstood bird.

European Starling; CC0;

About the Presenter

Dr. Peter Fauth studied the nesting behavior of European Starlings at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center as part of his M.S. program in zoology at the University of Maryland. Despite his fascination with starlings, Pete shifted his research focus to conservation of bird populations and communities at Purdue University where he earned his Ph.D. He is currently the chairperson of the Biology Department at Hartwick College where he teaches ecology, evolution and ornithology courses and conducts forest-monitoring projects at Robert V. Riddell State Park.


January 18, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society
View Organizer Website


Elm Park United Methodist Church
401 Chestnut Street
Oneonta, NY 13820 United States
+ Google Map