Monday, January 26, 2009

10000Birds.com Article on Wild Monk Parakeets

January 2009 Is Parrot Month on 10,000Birds.comCharlie Moores, one of the principle contributors to the wonderful birding, conservation, and nature site 10,000Birds.com, invited me to share my views on the wild Monk Parakeets (AKA Quaker Parrots) of Brooklyn as part of the site's "Parrot Month." The interview is now live, and I'm very grateful to the folks at 10,000Birds.com for gathering my input for the site's series of articles on parrots. 10,000Birds.com has additional information on wild monk parakeets here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Slide Show: Wild Parrots at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery

High-resolution photos of the wild Quaker Parrots of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery (several were used in our 2009 Wild Parrots of Brooklyn wall calendar). Note: if the slide show for some reason doesn't display correctly, please browse the Flickr Set by clicking here. All photos by Stephen Carl Baldwin.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WCBS-TV: Wild Parrots Lay Claim To Brooklyn Neighborhood

WCBS-TV: Wild Parrots Lay Claim To Brooklyn NeighborhoodWCBS-TV aired a segment tonight on the wild Quaker Parrots of Brooklyn: I was interviewed, along with New York City Councilman Tony Avella, and a rep from Con Ed. Here's a link to an accompanying story on WCBS' Web site.

You can also view the WCBS newscast segment by clicking on this link.

Parrots are the most endangered bird group on the planet. It's cool that Brooklyn -- which has welcomed so many people from foreign lands over the years -- is now home to some of these colorful wild transplants from Argentina.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

2009 Wild Parrots of Brooklyn Wall Calendar

The 2009 Wild Parrots of Brooklyn Wall Calendar -- consisting of the best photos I took of the wild Quaker Parrots in the past 12 months -- is still available for 2009. Cafe Press turns the order around in a week. It's a great Valentine's Day gift for that special Parrot Person in your life.

You can buy the calendar by clicking here. All profits go to support the free Wild Parrot Safaris that I do each month.

Here is a Flickr slideshow of photos in the new calendar.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

(Don't see the slide show? You can browse the photos on the Flickr Set for the calendar by clicking here). All photos by Stephen Carl Baldwin.

Thanks for supporting the Brooklyn Parrot Society!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Argentina's Burrowing Parrots Endangered By Farmers, Tourists, and Real Estate Developers

Argentina's Burrowing Parrots Endangered By Farmers, Tourists, and Real Estate DevelopersCheck out this BBC report on efforts to save the Burrowing Parrot. This fascinating parrot (species name Cyanoliseus Patagonus), which nests in cliffs, was once widespread in Argentina, but its range has now been reduced by farming (I don't have to remind you that farmers both wiped out North America's Carolina Parakeet and caused millions of Monk Parakeets to be killed in the 1950s), real estate development, and bone-headed, carbon-glutted recreational use.

It's not too late for the Burrowing Parrot, but it may soon be unless conservationists find a way to protect the species from further senseless encroachments by our own selfish, heedless species.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Watching Wild Parrots Is Good For Your Brain

Watching Wild Parrots Is Good For Your Brain
The headline above is a bit misleading: actually, interacting with nature for any length of time helps restore the mind's cognitive abilities, even if there are no wise-cracking wild Quaker Parrots around to provide entertainment. This finding was first demonstrated by researchers at the University of Michigan, who tested subjects who had simply walked around taking in nature, and subsequently scored 20 percent higher on short-term memory tests. So go and watch some wild parrots on your own, or come on our next Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari, scheduled for February 7th - it'll do you good!

Friday, January 02, 2009

January 2009 Is Parrot Month on 10,000Birds.com

January 2009 Is Parrot Month on 10,000Birds.comJanuary 2009 is Parrot Month on 10000Birds.com, a popular bird blog whose contributors include Charlie Moores, Corey Finger, and many other birds distributed across the globe. Why have a "parrot month?" Well, parrots are the bird group with the most endangered species among them, plus they're fascinating and engaging creatures. I'll be contributing to the content associated with this project; in the meantime, please check out 10000Birds.com: it's a great site