Friday, September 23, 2011

Wild Parrot Conservation Part of Brooklyn College's Athletic Field Renovation Plan

The Brooklyn College Athletic Field, due for 
renovation, is home to many wild Monk 
Parakeets (AKA Quaker Parrots) nesting 
in the light towers.
The NY Daily News is covering the very happy news that Brooklyn College is taking extraordinary care to protect the wild parrots living there while the college goes ahead and renovates its athletic field. Notably, they've earmarked funds to makes sure that the parrots will continue to have platforms on any new light poles put up on the field, and they've also pledged to do the work at a time which will not disrupt the parrots' breeding cycle or expose them to bitter cold weather.

Brooklyn's own Eagle Newspaper also covered this happy event.

I am overjoyed that Brooklyn College is taking these steps. The wild parrot colony at Brooklyn College is one of the biggest and healthiest in the whole New York area, and it is, of course, where I do my free monthly "wild parrot safaris" for the public. So thanks to an enlightened adminstration, it seems like the wild parrots of Brooklyn will be able to call Brooklyn College their home for a long time to come!

Here's a short video I shot a couple of years back showing the parrots in action.

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