Monday, December 29, 2008

BBC2 - The Great British Parakeet Invasion

Documentary on Britain's wild Ring Neck Parakeets; origin myths include the Bogart Theory (the birds escaped from Shepperton Studios during the making of The African Queen), The Jimi Hendrix Theory (stoned, he let them loose as a gift to the planet), and the Great Escape Theory (pets who protested loudly enough to get themselves released).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

NY Daily News: Pol: Nest in Peace, Parrots

A fair and accurate story in the Daily News about the effort by NY City Council Member Tony Avella to extend formal protection to Brooklyn's wild Quaker Parrots.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Breaking News: Wild Quaker Parrot Protection Bill Moves Forward in NY City Council -- But Your Help is Needed For It To Pass!

Two wild quaker parrots groom each other at a Brooklyn sandlot baseball field
Two Wild Brooklyn Parrots confer in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

I am told that Tony Avella, a NY City council member with an outstanding 100 percent score on the League of Humane Voters checklist, is putting together a bill to protect the wild Quaker Parrots of Brooklyn and New York City, and that he plans to introduce such a bill before National Bird Day (January 5, 2009). While the final language of this bill has not yet been formulated, it will protect our beloved wild parrots from the poaching and other inhumane treatment that have afflicted wild parrot flocks in the past several years.

This bill is important, because New York's wild Quaker Parrots have no legal protection now from those wishing to do them harm. But it must be passed in order to have effect. This is why I ask you to express your support for such legislation by writing directly to Mr. Avella's office.

For those wishing to write letters, here's the info:

NYC Council Member Tony Avella
38-50 Bell Blvd., Suite C,
Bayside, NY 11361

For those wishing to write e-mail, please send it to the attention of Rebecca Sheehan, of Councilman Avella's office.

Thanks to Barry Schwartz, of the Maspeth Bird Haven (Now Feathered Friends) for bringing this matter to my attention. And special thanks to councilman Tony Avella for taking the lead on this issue.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

1,000,000 Page Views!

BrooklynParrots Crosses 1 million page view milestoneSometime last week, passed the one million page view milestone. It took us more than 3 years to get here (this site launched in March of 2005), and I want to thank all of you for checking out this site, learning about the wild parrots that grace New York's skies, and supporting the idea that these remarkable avian immigrants are worth conserving.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Apologies for December 6 Tour SNAFU (New Safari Start Time In Effect)

I have learned that at least one person trying to attend Saturday's Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari was disappointed when the tour guide (myself) was not in the right place at the right time.

I am to blame for this problem. The instructions on this Website were confusing, and I have fixed them, and also apologized to this person. To all: please take notice that the start time for the Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari is 11:00 AM throughout the winter. Changing from the noon time lets us see more bird action during the winter months when light is short.

The Noon start will return in March, when the days are longer. The next safari is January 3: remember: it starts at 11:00 AM!

Steve Baldwin

Saturday, December 06, 2008

NY Times: Defending the Parrots of Edgewater, NJ

NY Times: Defending the Parrots of Edgewater, NJ
Photo Credit: Alan Zale for The New York Times

The New York Times posts a good article covering the controversial wild Monk Parakeets of New Jersey, and the humans who defend them, including Alison Evans-Fragale, a friend of this site. We're a fan and supporter of to learn more about the NJ parrotsclick here. Also I've embedded a video below showing the famous Edgewater Parrots:

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Audubon Magazine: Wild Monks' Stick Nests Create Fracas

Audubon Magazine: Wild Monks' Stick Nests Create Fracas
Justin Nobel, of Audubon Magazine, interviewed me yesterday about Brooklyn's wild monks: the article is now online. The article has lots of good info, interviews with fellow "monk parrot defenders," plus the latest news from Connecticut.