By Cayla Rosenhagen (age 11)
"I feel many people don't appreciate the outer and inner beauty of the European Starling. The amazing iridescence of the starling's plumage combined with its history of being an 'immigrant' coming to the New World with its plucky, perseverant personality make this bird one of my favorites. The European Starling reminds me of my ancestors coming through Ellis Island, having so much to offer, but not always seen for all they were. People flock to the United States from all over the world...pun intended. Just as the murmuration of the European Starling is so remarkable, the same holds true for all who come to our land in search of a new life."