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Monday, February 22, 2010

Letters Urgently Needed to Protect Quakers via NYS Bill: S.4131

PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST (Note I did not write the following letter but am reposting it: please cross-post if you care!)

An urgent situation has arisen regarding the wild Quaker parrots of New York State. A letter from Frank S. Scaduto, Legislative Director to State Senator Joseph Addabbo, has requested immediate help from animal organizations in NY via letters of support for bill S.4131. This bill would grant Quaker parrots legal protection in NY. As things now stand, they are unprotected by law and therefore subject to trapping and extermination- -both of which do take place.

I've written a sample letter, attached. Please feel free to change a word or two and send it on behalf of the Quaker parrots. This is a critical time for them--please, don't let them down. Currently, nests are intentionally destroyed in winter, as these birds cannot survive without the warmth of their communal habitats. They also destroy them in spring--killing all the babies. It's horrible. The birds are often gassed.

Please mail/fax/email to the following people, detailed at the end of Frank Scaduto's comments below. For the parrots--thank you so much for caring!

Mr. Scaduto has written:

"Okay, received some feedback from Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. The Committee had stated they are receiving opposition against the bill and no support from organizations in favor of the bill. What I need from you and other organizations is a letter or a memo in support for this bill, detailing reasons in a one page format why you are a supporter of the bill and what the bill will do for New York State.

The opposition is based on two reasons: (1.) The bill addresses an invasive species, and (2.) If the bill were to pass, other individuals will be inclined to protect other invasive species, whereby 'opening the floodgates' so to speak. The letters/memos in support should answer both of these concerns.

I would encourage you to do this ASAP so I can persuade the Committee to hear the bill, and to either fax or email a copy to my email address (if by fax, its 518-426-6875; email is scaduto@senate. state.ny. us). Please reach out to other groups who would favor this bill. The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee needs to hear your voices.

In addition to faxing/emailing me support letters/memos, address them to Senator Antoine Thompson by fax (518-426-6969) , email (athompso@senate. state.ny. us), or mail (902 LOB; Albany, NY 12247). Each support memo/letter should reference S.4131 (Addabbo) and your reasons for support of this bill and its passage.

Thanks for your advocacy behind the bill and I look forward to pushing the Committee to entertain and move the bill.

Frank S. Scaduto, Legislative Director

Office of NYS Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

15th Senate District

815 L.O.B.

Albany, NY 12247

(P): 518-455-2321

(F): 518-426-6875



Wednesday, February 17, 2010


When I'm not out chasing wild parrots, I'm playing with THE MEETLES, New York's most fun Beatles tribute band. We play in the subway, and my talented friend and musician Juliet Hanlon caught some of the merry-making at a recent show at 42nd Street/Times Square. Please join us for some fun if you're in the 'hood (we're going to be back at Times Square this Saturday, Feb 20th). For more info, please go to


Friday, February 12, 2010

Endangered Queens Quaker Parrots: What To Do?

Endangered Queens Quaker Parrots: What To Do?Numerous sources have sent me e-mail over the past few days about the dire situation in Whitestone, Queens. It appears that Con Edison conducted a massive nest removal, destroying all of the wild Quaker Parrot nests in the area. This action was taken at the worst possible time for the birds, given the treacherously cold weather the region is experiencing. While the parrots seem to have disappeared, it's quite possible that some have survived and are hungry and cold. My suggestion for residents of Whitestone who want to help the parrots is to fill up their bird feeders and scatter bird food around. The parrots are very intelligent creatures and they will quickly flock to any kind human offering them sustenance.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Disturbing News From Whitestone, Queens

Disturbing News From Whitestone, QueensThe neighborhood of Whitestone, Queens has for many years been the home of many wild Quaker parrots. In the past few days, I have received two disturbing reports from Whitestone residents reporting that all of the parrot nests were removed in the past week or so. In my view, doing a massive nest removal in the dead of winter isn't exactly a humane solution to whatever nuisance the parrots are causing. Best practices established by enlightened utility companies such as New Jersey's PSE&G call for removals to be done in late winter/early Spring, when the cold weather will not kill or cause unnecessary suffering to the wild parrots.

I am endeavoring to find out exactly what happened in Queens in the past few weeks. Apparently learning what happened from official channels has difficult. One of my sources offered the extremely disturbing report that he has "called Con Edison several times to ask who, what, where and why about the birds and their nests and they laugh at me and hang up every time."

Obviously, I hope that this account is not true or was exaggerated. What is clear is that it is vitally important to gather the facts before jumping to any conclusions or notifying the media. So if you have any information about what happened in Queens, who did the removals, and under what authorization these removals were done, please send me e-mail.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: New York City Council Will Soon Vote on Wild Parrot Protection Resolution

Breaking News: New York City Council Will Soon Vote on Wild Parrot Protection Resolution
A wild Quaker Parrot in Brooklyn calls to his mates. Photo by Stephen Carl Baldwin

A "little bird" has told me that the New York City Council will soon vote on Resolution No. 1872-2009. This measure, which was introduced last year and discussed on this site, will afford New York City's wild parrots some basic protections against predation by obliging "the City to take all possible steps to humanely relocate Quaker parrots that have nested on city-owned properties that are slated for demolition or removal or where other projects require removal of the birds."

Thanks again to Council Members Tony Avella, Annabel Palma, and James Vacca for moving this resoluton forward. The wild parrots of New York thank you!

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Monk Parakeet I Love You Mug: Perfect for Valentine's Day

I love you! said one Monk Parrot to the other
Wild Monk Parrots mate for life and are fiercely loyal to each other.

Brooklyn Parrots I Love You Mug

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so it's time to reward your monk parrot-crazy sweetie with Brooklyn Parrots' Lovers Mug. It's just $12.99 and if you order it in the next few days, you'll probably have it by February 14th. Viva Amore!

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Friday, February 05, 2010

WCBS-TV Covers Wild Parrots of Brooklyn

WCBS-TV Covers Wild Parrots of Brooklyn
Wild Parrots at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Stephen Carl Baldwin.

I got a call a few weeks back from Stephanie Cassell, a WCBS-TV producer I've worked with before. I went out to Green-Wood Cemetery and met Stephanie, a nice cameraman, and reporter Tony Tantillo. We were lucky that it was a nice day and the parrots were out in force: here's the resulting story which ran on WCBS-TV's web site on Thursday. You can watch a video from this page that shows you the complete sequence that ran over the air: I think that WCBS did a great job with this piece.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

THE MEETLES: The One After 909

Last Saturday was the 41st Anniversary of the Beatles' last public concert on a London rooftop. THE MEETLES (New York's most fun Beatles tribute band), a band of which I am now a part, naturally wanted to commemorate the event with a performance of "The One After 909" at their gig at New York's Penn Station. Fortunately the talented videographer David Belgrave, who's take so many great videos of the band in the past, was on hand to record the event. Enjoy!

Here's another song from the same night, The Beatles "I'll Get You." We all love to play the Beatles' early songs!


Monday, February 01, 2010

Cruising To Save The Parrots

Cruising To Save The ParrotsThe World Parrot Trust is a worthwhile organization that does great work conserving wild parrots throughout the world. In November of this year, a unique, 1-week, parrot-themed Carribean cruise will happen that will benefit The World Parrot Trust: it's called the "Parrot Lovers Cruise" and will take visitors to some beautiful places, including San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Bonaire, St. George's/Grenada, and St. Thomas.

The World Parrot Trust will get $100 for each visitor who books a ticket. I'd be on board myself if finances permitted, but there will be some wonderful wild parrot experts on board who will give presentations, including Steve Martin (not the comedian; the world-renowned animal trainer), Steve Milpacher, Director of Business Management and speaker for World Parrot Trust, and Sam Williams, World Parrot Trust Field Researcher.

If you're interested in the Parrot Lovers Cruise, call Carol Cipriano at 570-226-2569 or 570-470-0034; you can also send e-mail from the site's Contact Us page. You can learn more about this cruise at


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