The Shakespearean Tall Tale That Shaped How We See Starlings

In 1890, a mustachioed eccentric named Eugene Schieffelin released a few dozen European starlings into New York City. His supposed goal? Introduce all the bird species mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays to America. More than a century later, the European starling is one of the most plentiful bird species in North America. Something like 85 […]