Monday, November 28, 2005

Connecticut Wild Parrot Crisis: A Ray of Hope?

I received this e-mail from Donna Dwyer today. Donna has been tirelessly working to stop the mass killing of wild quaker parakeets in Connecticut. Again, folks: please, if you correspond with any of the folks in this message, please be civil and level-headed. Here is Donna's message:

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, Nov.29th involving a Connecticut legislator, DEP, United Illuminating and Audubon.

We must get out the word to these legislators in huge numbers that we want the KILLING to Stop! PLEASE Everyone CALL, the offices of your and other legislators in CT and tell them to STOP KILLING the QUAKERS!!!! We must let them know that the public is appalled. The meeting is Tuesday -- it has to be done ASAP. UI doesn't care it is a monopoly but legislators are ELECTED Let's bombard them with the demand that they stop this cruelty.

State Representative Richard Roy of Milford (860-240-8585, 800-842-8267) is working to try to help with the situation and will be at the meeting on Tuesday.

State Representative and Speaker of the House James Amann, also of Milford, will be at the meeting and helping from, what I understand (860-240-8500, 800-842-1902;

State Representative Paul Davis: he serves Milford, Orange, and West Haven. I do not know anything about his position on the issue (860-240-8585, 800-842-8267);

You can find your town Representative and State Senator here:

Friday, November 18, 2005

You Can Help Stop The Killing of Wild Parrots in Connecticut


Update 11/23/05: Monk Parakeets Plead for Homes, Lives (editorial in Connecticut Post)

If you care about free-range parrots in the USA, and the idea that they're now being killed en masse in Connecticut makes you heartsick, you can do something about it. Already, the media is starting to respond. This is only happening because people like you care and are willing to take action.

The first thing to do is sign our online petition. It only takes a minute to fill out. Now, take a look at the list of people below. Then, pick up the phone. Take a deep breath. Be friendly, be civil, be peaceful, be polite, but be firm. Tell these people you don't want wild parrots killed in Connecticut.

Please don't make threats or be crazy: yes, this is an emotional issue but it doesn't serve our cause to behave like nutburgers. These people aren't bad -- they're just misguided. So let them know that you don't like what they're doing, you're going to communicate your concern to anyone who will listen, including the press, elected leaders, humane groups, and religious organizations. Suggest to them the obvious: that there are humane alternatives that they haven't looked at. Call them now.

Al Carbone is the guy who's the PR rep for United Illuminating, the company that started this whole mad monk parakeet eradication campaign. You can reach Al at (203) 671-4421. Also, please call Al's boss, Nathaniel Woodson, Nat's at (203) 926-4637; his email is:

Corey Slavitt is the gal at USDA who claims, for reasons that I can't fathom, that these killings are somehow "humane." USDA, not UI, is the entity actually gassing the parrots. You can reach Corey at (301) 734-8563. Also let Monty Chandler, of the USDA, know how you feel. Monty's at (413) 253-2403. His e-mail is; fax # is (413) 253-7577. You can also send feedback to the central office of the USDA using this form. Tell them that they should get out of the parrot-killing business, and focus on keeping our food supply safe.

Dennis Schain is the guy in the Connecticut DEPA who calls the monk parakeets "invasive," which means, I guess, that it's OK to kill them. You can reach Dennis at (860) 424-4117. Also, call the EPA's Dale May. Dale's at (860) 424-3011; Dale's email is:; fax # is (860) 424-4078.

Now, onto the Connecticut Audubon Society. Milan Bull is it's head. Milan's not a bad guy: in fact, he's against the killings, likes the wild parrots, and doesn't think they deserve this cruelty. But I think he made a big mistake when he allowed the CT Audubon Society to in any way endorse this massacre. You can reach Milan at (203) 259-6305, ext 113 or via e-mail at: The fax number is (203) 254-7673.

Remember, folks: be civil. You have truth, justice, and kindness on your side. Please make your point without being nasty -- it doesn't help.

For those of you in Connecticut, e-mail your legislator. Use this page to find your local rep. Tell them you're appalled by this cruelty, and that you're going to remember what they do come election time. Again, be civil.

Finally, call M. Jodi Rell, Connecticut's Governer, at (800) 406-1527. Her email is Let her know that you object to government-sanctioned killings of wild parrots. Remind her that you love animals, you vote, and you're not alone!

For those with fax machines, here are the numbers for Connecticut's Senators and Congressional Reps in Washington:

Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) Fax: 202-224-1083
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D) Fax: 202-224-9750
Rep. John Larson (D-1) Fax: 202-225-1031
Rep. Rob Simmons (R-2) Fax: 202-225-4977
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3) Fax: 202-225-4890
Rep. Christopher Shays (R-4) Fax: 202-225-9629
Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-5) Fax: 202-225-4488

There's more you can do. Please circulate (forward) this item to your email friends. Instruct them to call their media, animal cruelty societies, bird groups, animal rights organizations, religious groups, animal and bird blogs, basically anyone who might care about this cruelty.

There's even more you can do. Sad to say, but without a celebrity, it's difficult really can't wake up the mainstream media in the U.S.A. Our cause could really benefit from having an A-level celebrity "Say No to Parrot Cruelty." Fortunately, there are some candidates: Ellen Degeneres is a known animal fan, so send her some e-mail. She's got a form on her Web site here:
Hillary Swank owns parrots, but unfortunately, there's no easy way to reach her. Doris Day runs the Doris Day Foundation, which is concerned with animal rights; you can email the Foundation at

Thanks VERY much for taking action today. Remember, the people who are killing America's wild parrots do so in the middle of the night, and do not want public exposure of their deeds. Publicity -- the sunshine of truth -- is the only thing that they fear, and it's our only hope of guiding them toward behaving humanely.

Rally to Save the CT Quakers

(I received this tonight. It is a grassroots effort to thwart the massacre of wild parrots being conducted this week in the State of Connecticut. Please attend if you can.)

Friends of Animals is having a rally tonight to try to save the quakers. PLEASE try to come. It is starting at 8pm in West Haven at the Adams & People’s Bank parking lot at the corner of Campbell Avenue & Captain Thomas Blvd. The media has been notified. I know it is far to go, but this is really important.

Directions from Hartford:

I-91 S toward NEW HAVEN / N.Y. CITY.
Merge onto GOVERNOR JOHN DAVIS LODGE TURNPIKE / I-95 S via the exit on the LEFT.
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto KIMBERLY AVE / CT-122. Continue to follow CT-122.
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ELM ST.
Turn LEFT onto WAGNER PL / CT-162.
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto KELSEY AVE.

Endangered CT Parakeets Need Lawyers!

I received this message tonight from Brenda Piper, a Quaker parrot activist. It is perhaps a ray of hope in
a horribly cruel situation in Connecticut

The Connecticut Association For Aviculture is mobilizing as we speak. I am a firm believer that most government officials, elected or appointed, as well as business people will only listen to residents of their state. This is why it is very very important that any and all CT residents turn out in force via phone and email to stop the carnage. If anyone on this list is a lawyer or knows a lawyer practicing in CT that would be willing to help us get an injunction to halt the utility, please have them contact me immediately at

Thank you.
Brenda Piper
Connecticut Association For Aviculture

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Urban Parrot News from All Over

It's been a busy week at On Satuday, we ran our biggest tour ever, and the antics of the Brooklyn Parrots, as well as the Brooklyn-based birdwatchers who've scientifically studied them, were recorded by Animal Planet for a forthcoming show.

Earlier in the week, our brother-in-feathers Mark Bittner, who's completely devoted to the feral parrots of San Francisco, turned up in the news. Apparently, several of the trees used by his beloved birds have been cut down, and Mark had to interpose himself between a surviving tree and a chainsaw! Go, Mark!

Over in Edgewater, NJ, Alison-Evans Fragale continues to rally support for her effort to decriminalize ownership of Monk Parakeets in the Garden State. If you'd like to help Alison and the Jersey Monks, please sign her petition!

We also learned this week about a fascinating project documenting the story of two free-flying macaws that have lived in the Netherlands for more than 25 years. Check out it's an image-rich, frequently updated site.

Finally, we've scheduled the next wild parrot trip of Brooklyn: it will happen, rain, shine or snow, on Saturday, December 3, 2005.

Steve Baldwin
646 361 2879