Starling control program update

The Okanagan Similkameen Starling Control Program is running along smoothly under the capable hands of four trappers


The Okanagan Similkameen Starling Control Program is running along smoothly under the capable hands of four trappers — Joanne Bray and Doug Cowe in the South Okanagan, Don Marshall in Central Okanagan and Chris Blythe in the North Okanagan.

From January 1 to September 30, a total of approximately 35,000 birds have been captured. This is down from the previous year’s total for the same period – hopefully an indication that populations are down from last year.

The BCGA Board of Directors and the Program’s Management Committee has been working with Dr. Jeff Curtis at UBC-Okanagan to continue the research started by Jessi Neuhauser to determine the origins of starlings that make up the Okanagan-Similkameen populations and to better understand the movements and population dynamics locally to evaluate trapping effectiveness.

It is anticipated that the research program will be approved shortly with funding through the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


Thank you to all of the growers in the Okanagan Similkameen who have donated funds into the 2012 trapping program. The total received for this year’s work to date is $18,405.00. If you haven’t yet made your donation for this year, it’s not too late to help with the fall and winter trapping. You can donate online at or put a cheque in the mail to 451 Atwood Road, Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H9 – a receipt will be issued. If you would prefer to receive an invoice, send an e-mail with that request indicating how many planted acres you have and the amount you wish to contribute ($10/planted acre is the recommended amount).



Just Posted

Penticton gallery searching for young budding artists

A Penticton gallery is putting a call out for young artists for their next exhibition

A campaign encourages families to put down their phones and talk this Mother’s Day

OpenTable’s #DiningMode gets Okanagan restaurants on board with a no phone policy while dining

Okanagan experience for the Blue Man Group

The world tour of the Blue Man Group came to Penticton this week for two shows.

Olympian Andi Naude retires from freestyle skiing

Penticton native skied in 62 World Cup single and dual moguls events in her career

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

Okanagan physician and family reflect passion for medicine with hospital gift

Dr. Paul Cobbin and family donate to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign

Two in critical condition, several still in hospital after Langley deck collapse

Close relative Satwant Garcha makes daily trips to visit those injured at the wedding

Kelowna man speaks up for limb loss awareness after losing leg

Ralph Zaiser is getting used to life as a recent amputee

Canadian privacy watchdogs find major shortcomings in Facebook probe

The probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal info

Allegedly intoxicated man arrested after 3 paramedics attacked at Kamloops hospital

Paramedics had transported the man to Royal Inlands Hospital for medical treatment

B.C., Ottawa talk 50/50 split on abandoned bus-route service

B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province

Most Read