|The Wild Parrots of Brooklyn|
(WTF are wild parrots doing in Brooklyn anyway? It's a long story...)
How To Get There
Brooklyn College is easy to get to via public transportation. From Manhattan, take the Number 2 (7th Avenue IRT) southbound express to the end of the line. Walk one block Southwest on Hillel Street past Starbucks, and look for the main Brooklyn College gate.
The tour begins at the entrance at 11:00 AM sharp. Please give yourself extra time because the MTA is doing construction on their lines during weekends. Driving instructions are at Brooklyn College's main Web site. Parking is easy to come by in the neighborhood. NOTE: the entrance to Brooklyn College has relocated due to construction. The new temporary entrance is a few steps to the north along Campus Road - we'll meet there.
Please e-mail me if you want to attend. This allows me to notify you if the safari for some reason must be cancelled. Note: there is no rain date. I do not cancel the tour unless the forecast is for sustained inclement weather in which birds will not fly.
What We Will Do
We'll take a walk through the Brooklyn Parrots' main colony area -- the wild parrots' "Ellis Island," where the parrots were first spotted in the 1970s. I'll tell you about the parrots' history in Brooklyn and you can ask questions. We'll listen for the birds and try to determine where they're hanging out. We'll also inspect that tall light poles to mark the progress of the parrots' nest reconstruction project. Be ready for photo opportunities.
What to Bring/What to Wear
Please bring a photo ID (this is required by Brooklyn College security). Bring binoculars and a camera. Please feel free to wear anything except bright orange. Wild Quaker Parrots freak out when they see this color..
The Wild Parrot Safari is free. You may donate bird seed, however. Bring some bird feed and other treats. See you in wild, exotic Brooklyn! Steve Baldwin, Webmaster, BrooklynParrots.com