Parrots and great Rock & Roll go together. Ringo Starr famously posed with one (and nearly sent a dart through an African Grey in the classic Beatles flick Hard Days Night), Stevie Nicks posed with a Cockatoo on a Fleetwood Mac album, and without Jimi Hendrix, England might not have any wild parrots at all!
So it's more than fitting that a tribute to Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) bassist Kelly Groucutt will benefit The National Parrot Sanctuary Trust.
When a beloved pet parrot dies, it's customary to speak of the bird as "crossing the rainbow bridge." When a good-hearted man like Kelly crosses that same bridge, his kindness can make ripples in the air that rock on forever.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The New York Times reports on the annual battle between Connecticut's United Illuminating Power Company and the wild Monk Parakeets (AKA Quaker Parrots) of the Nutmeg State. Fortunately, UI is conducting itself humanely this year in a 180 degree turn against its lethal parrot control methods of 2005.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I'm very glad to announce that the long-awaited measure to protect New York City's wild Quaker Parrots was introduced this past Tuesday. Here's a communication from Barry A. Schwartz, who spearheaded the effort:
Yesterday was an "historic" day for what will hopefully be the protection of wild Quaker parrots in New York City, and, eventually, in New York State.
For the past year, I have been working with NYC Council Member Tony Avella (Queens) in sheparding a proposed resolution calling for the protection of wild Quakers in New York City, and calling upon the NY State Legislature to change the State Environmental Conservation Law adding wild Quakers to the list of "protected birds."
At the Stated Council Meeting of Tuesday, March 24, 2009, this proposal became reality when Council Member Avella introduced the proposed resolution, Resolution No. 1872-2009, to the Council. The resolution was immediately referred to the Council Committee on Environmental Protection, where, it will be discussed, and then probably open to public commnet.
When that happens, testimony may be called for, and I ask that those of you especially most expert with wild Quakers, stand ready and volunteer some time for testimony.
Let NYC join eventually the City of San Francisco in officially recognizing and protecting it's wild parrot colonies.
In the meanwhile, I ask that you help with this process, no matter where you live. Write a letter of suppport addressed to Council Member Tony Avella (250 Broadway, 17th Fl., New York, NY 1007). Send the letter to me, and I will see to it that it arrives at this office in batch. Also, the same letter may be addressed to Council Member James F. Gennaro, who is the Chair of the Environmnetal Protection Committee (250 Broadway, 17th Fl., New York, NY 10007).
Barry A. Schwartz
Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services, Inc.
(formerly Maspeth Bird Haven, Inc.)
P.O. Box 780344, Maspeth, NY 11378, Maspeth, NY
The full text of Resolution 1872 is available here.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Remember Willie The Hero Quaker Parrot? This noble little bird, who lives in Colorado (ironically a state in which Quakers are illegal) has formally received the Animal Lifesaver Award from the Red Cross for his role in saving a little girl several months ago. Even the governor was there. Bravo, Willie: you have the heart of an eagle!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Nice article (including video clips) from the Science Channel's Nerd About New York section about Brooklyn's endearingly raucous wild Monk Parakeets (AKA Quaker Parrots). Thanks to Noah Sussman and Joanna Burgess for producing this piece. Go Quakers, Go!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Have you seen this African Grey Parrot? He escaped on March 6th on East 21st Street, between Ave O and P, near Kings Highway, in Brooklyn. There's a $300 reward for his return. His name is Lavrusha.
Time is of the essence: he's probably still alive because it's been warm, but cold weather will return and Greys don't do as well as Quakers in cold weather.
If you've seen him, please call 646.644.0368 or send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.