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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Corpus Christi, Texas: Major Wild Quaker Parrot Hot Spot

While the focus of this blog is the Wild Quaker Parrots (AKA Monk Parakeets) of the greater New York area (including Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey), these parrots also live in many other cities, including Corpus Christi, Texas, the eighth largest city in the Lone Star State.

This past Sunday, the Deseret News ran an illuminating story on the Corpus Christi Quakers, who evidently nest only a short distance from Corpus Christi's many oil refineries. Public opinion seems to be favorable toward the roughly 20 wild parrots residing in Corpus Christi. They nest in palm trees, and have so far refrained from building nests in any critical electrical infrastructure.

Friday, June 10, 2011

City of Harlingen, Texas Considers Ordinance to Protect Wild Parrots

Harlingen, Texas, is a bird-friendly city that will be host to the 18th annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival this November. Harlingen is also home to a great number of wild parrots these days, and, as reported in the Houston Chronicle, the City is now taking steps to protect them. Let's give a big hand to Harlingen for helping these parrots survive in the wild.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

"Parrot" Noir in Brooklyn


Nice article by Cullen Gallagher, who writes for the Pulp Serenade Blog, about our most recent Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari. Cullen plays up the intriguing "noir" factor surrounding the wild parrots' appearance in Brooklyn. This article is illustrated with photos with highlights from our most recent Wild Parrot Safari.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

You Can Help Save Endangered UK Quaker Parrots!

If you're a regular reader of BrooklynParrots.com, you know that wild Quaker Parrots in the United Kingdom have been singled out by DEPRA for extermination. In fact, secret trails were conducted in 2008 to perfect the lethal methods to be used in the forthcoming mass killing of these parrots. UK taxpayers were saddled with a 37,000 pound bill for these test killings, and apparently DEFRA wants another 90,000 to continue performing what one critic has deemed "a gung-ho ethnic cleansing of an alien species."

Simon Richardson, who lives in Borehamwood, is now challenging the government and has asked me to spread the word about his online petition protesting the proposed mass killings of these harmless, intelligent birds -- the same kind that we have in Brooklyn.

Please take a moment to sign Simon's online petition.  And thank you -- from endangered wild parrots everywhere!