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Chester: Parrots will NOT be banned in CT town (and neither will chickens)

On January 19, George Sommers’ From the Parrot’s Beak reported:

Chester CT. parrots (and chickens) can stay: UPDATE: Last week’s column reported on a Chester CT man’s petition to ban “noisy fowl”, aimed at chickens but including parrots from the town.From Sally Murray, Town Secretary: “The scheduled public hearing of the Chester Planning & Zoning Commission for Monday, February 4, 2013, at Valley Regional High School in Deep River to hear the Petition submitted by John S. and Bonnie B. Bennet to amend the Town of Chester Zoning Regulations Section: Definitions, ‘Livestock’ and Section 40R, Animals, has been CANCELED due to the fact the petitioners have withdrawn their petition.” Thanks to Dr. Amy Hopkins of Connecticut’s The Parrot Club.

Wild Parrots, Hurricane Sandy and Winter

Since many of you have inquired, on December 29th, the New York Post wrote the following:

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s . . . hey, it is a bird, a parrot no less — in January! The Quaker parrots or monk parakeets, as they’re known, haven’t just lived in New York for decades, they survived Hurricane Sandy and are now ready to outlast a sub-zero winter. Read more…

NYS Assembly Member sponsors Monk Parakeet Protection Act

Barry Schwartz reports:

NYS Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan has stepped up once again and has become the long-awaited Assembly sponsor of the proposed Monk Parakeet Protection Act. This is now Bill No. A08526, as the NYS Senate counterpart is S01246, which has been sponsored for several months now by NYS Senator Joe Addabbo.

Feathered Friends and Macy’s Team Up

Just in from Barry & Gayle Schwartz of Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services:

Feathered Friends is pleased to announce that we are participating in the Macy’s Shop for a Cause event, which brings you shopping discounts at Macy’s on Saturday, August 27th, and helps us to raise funds for Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services, Inc.

The tickets are only $5.00 and you will receive 25% off all day on regular, sale, and clearance items, including home—even on most brands usually excluded! You will also save 10% on most electrics/electronics, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings.

Please contact us via email right away for your savings pass—please send us $5.00 (check, money order, or cash if picking up in person), and we’ll send you the savings pass. If requesting by mail, send to Feathered Friends P.A.S., Inc., PO Box 780344, Maspeth, NY 11378-0344

PLEASE HELP US TO RAISE MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH

And don’t forget to say you saw it on the Wild Parrots of New York Blog. Thanks!

Library Lecture Series on Wild Parrots

Nick DeNezzo will be conducting a series of lectures on our Long Island Parrots at local libraries in the upcoming months.

The Wild Parrots of Long Island - Learn about the Feral Parrot populations throughout the South Shore of Long Island, Brooklyn and the greater NY area who live here year round, how they got here, how to spot them and the best places to observe them. This makes a great family activity combined with a Sunday drive or bike ride.

The intrepid Nick also conducts kayaking tours and lectures frequently on this topic  and many others as well. Below are the dates/times/places for the upcoming Wild Parrots Series:

  • Thur. Aug. 18 – Mineola Public Library – 7:00 pm – 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
  • Wed.  Aug. 24 – Amityville Public Library – 7:00 pm – Oak & John St., Amityville
  • Wed. Sept. 21 – Lindenhurst Memorial Library – 7:00 pm – 1 Lee Ave, Lindenhurst

Anyone interested will need to make a reservation. Call 631.957.7755 to secure your seat today. View the full schedule of lectures from the Long Island Kayak Tours events page, and don’t forget to mention that you saw it here!

Local Parrot Nests Being Dismantled

Today Nick writes:

“Unfortunately it looks like LIPA has destroyed or removed more parrots nests – last week I noticed 2 nests on S Strong Ave in Lindenhurst just north of Montauk Hwy were gone – fortunately, they didn’t touch the one further east. On the brighter side I have been seeing more nests in trees –  in Amityville there is one in the top of a pine tree across from the tower and one in a tree just left of that one.”

It is good these birds are adapting, as they are much safer from human intervention if they simply stay in the trees. Although I have witnessed nests ‘abruptly’ disappearing literally overnight, I do have to say I am not sure if LIPA is behind it or not. Some people find the birds noisy and irritating and knock the nests down, while others actually get it into their heads to try and capture them and either keep them as pets or sell them. VERY bad idea by the way on both counts, as birds bred in the wild will never be tamed, in fact, they will only be miserable.

A Step Closer to Legalization in New Hampshire

On May 9th, George Sommers reported in the Boston edition of  The Examiner:

“Quaker parrots may become legal to own in NH, pending the signature of Gov. John Lynchon a biil just passed by the state senate. They had been officially and legally banned for years but many pet stores and parrot owners unwittingly violated the obscure law. A phone inquiry by a well meaning NH Quaker owner stirred up a legal tempest.”

New Hampshire Ruling Ties to Issue of “Feral” Parrots

This week’s Examiner post from George Sommers:

Good or bad news for New Hampshire Quaker parrots, depending on your perspective. On Tuesday, 3/22, the NH House of Reps. Fish & Game Committee voted 12-1 in favor of  “grandfathering” current Quaker owners; but no more selling, breeding or bringing the birds into the state. This bill replaces an outright ban bill, potentially forcing current owners to “rehome” their pets. Quaker ownership is already technically illegal in the Granite State, based on fears that the adaptable birds could go feral as they have elsewhere; potentially harmng crops and electrical wires (where they sometimes build nests) and/or native wildlife. The current law has been seldom, if ever enforced. Many NH pet stores openly sold Quakers – until a recent phone inquiry. Despite the less-than-satisfactory outcome for parrot lovers, Rep. Jeanine Notter and others vow to press on for full legality. For further info

I Saw Wild Parrotts in New York City Kid’s App!

StoryChimes iPhone/iPad App now available for download!

iPad App Review

-The iPad has quickly become my favorite way to read books and I have an affinity for kids books, probably due to the fact I am a father. The iPad app “I Saw Wild Parrots in New York City! StoryChimes by Sienna Entertainment & Wiggles Press is a fun, interesting, graphically pleasant kid’s app. This iPad book is a story about yes, you guessed it wild parrots loose in New York City. Having recently visited New York city for the first time I can ensure you I did not see any wild parrots while there. I saw some wild things, wild people, maybe even a few wild flowers, but no wild parrots. The story is whimsical, original art work graphics are excellent and the user interface is easy to figure out. All the necessary navigational tabs come from the bottom of the app and there is an information icon int the upper right that will pull up the options. The information icon is available throughout the story, but the main navigation bar disappears once the user starts the story. I Saw Wild Parrots in New York City! StoryChimes is a great book for kids, especially kids just learning to read.

Article courtesy of CrazyMikesApps

This wonderful book was written by a constant contributor to this blog, George Sommers and contains a review from yours truly. ;^}

Update on Parrot Bill – Can You Help?

From Barry and Gail Schwartz of Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services:

Below is the text to S01246, the NY State Senate version of the Monk Parakeet Protection Act. This proposed legislation needs a sponsor in the State Assembly. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can personally approach your local State Assembly Member and ask if she or he would be willing to sponsor this legislation. Thanks.
Barry

S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

1246

2011-2012 Regular Sessions

I N  S E N A T E

January 6, 2011
___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO — read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
enacting the “monk parakeet protection act”

THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

1    Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature  finds  that  the  monk
2  parakeet  has  been existing in a wild, undomesticated state in New York
3  since the late 1960s. The ancestors of the current flocks  are  believed
4  to  have  been imported legally into the United States from their native
5  land in Argentina. Since then, monk parakeets have established  colonies
6  in  parts  of New York city and lower Westchester county. Their colonies
7  are small, and the population of  monk  parakeets  seems  to  be  rather
8  stabilized  over  the past 20 years. It is estimated that there are less
9  than 1,000 wild monk parakeets in the state  of  New  York.  Reports  of
10  poaching  and  less than humane regard for nesting sites have led to the
11  need for formal protection of this species, which is recognized as  non-
12  native,  but  not  currently  categorized  as invasive, according to the
13  report Regulatory System  for  Non-native  Species  (New  York  Invasive
14  Species  Council, 2010).  The purpose of this act is to protect the wild
15  monk parakeet (a/k/a Quaker parakeet),  the  parrot  species  Myiopsitta
16  monachus,  living  in  a wild state in various parts of the state of New
17  York. This act shall  also  provide  humane  methods  of  relocation  or
18  removal,  especially where threat to human life, private or public prop-
19  erty, or agricultural concerns, are imminent.
20    S 2. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  “monk  parakeet
21  protection act.”
22    S  3.  Article  11 of the environmental conservation law is amended by
23  adding a new title 27 to read as follows:
24                                   TITLE 27
25                        MONK PARAKEET PROTECTION ACT

EXPLANATION–Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
LBD02027-01-1
S. 1246                             2

1  SECTION 11-2701. DEFINITIONS.
2          11-2703. MONK PARAKEETS; PROTECTION.
3  S 11-2701. DEFINITIONS.
4    FOR PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOW-
5  ING MEANINGS:
6    1. “QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL” SHALL MEAN A PERSON OR PERSONS WITH EITHER A
7  DEGREE  IN  EARTH,  BIOLOGICAL  OR  NATURAL SCIENCES, INCLUDING GEOLOGY,
8  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY, OR A  SPECIALIZATION  IN  ORNI-
9  THOLOGY;
10    2.  “WILD MONK PARAKEET” SHALL MEAN A MONK PARAKEET THAT WAS BORN IN A
11  NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT HUMAN AID OR INTERVENTION, AND RAISED BY ITS
12  OWN PARENTS. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL NOT APPLY  TO  ANY  MONK
13  PARAKEET  THAT IS BANDED BY A BREEDER AND PREVIOUSLY EXISTED IN A DOMES-
14  TIC SITUATION AS A PET;
15    3. “QUALIFIED DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY” SHALL MEAN EITHER A STATE
16  AGENCY WITH QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, OR AN ORGANIZATION WITH  MEMBERS  WHO
17  HAVE A MINIMUM OF FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION
18  OF PARROTS OR WILD BIRDS, AND HAVE AT LEAST TWO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS AS
19  DEFINED  IN  SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF THIS SECTION. THE QUALIFIED DESIGNATED
20  AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL BE AFFILIATED WITH ONE OR MORE AVIAN  VETERINA-
21  RIANS; AND
22    4.  “BREEDING  SEASON”  SHALL  MEAN THE PERIOD OF TIME BEGINNING APRIL
23  FIRST AND ENDING OCTOBER FIRST OF A CALENDAR YEAR.
24  S 11-2703. MONK PARAKEETS; PROTECTION.
25    1. NO PERSON SHALL CAPTURE OR HARM A MONK PARAKEET  CHICK,  FLEDGLING,
26  OR  ADULT, OR TAKE OR SELL ITS EGGS, TO ANY RETAIL OR PRIVATE ESTABLISH-
27  MENT OR CONCERN.
28    2. NO PERSON SHALL REMOVE THE NEST OF A MONK PARAKEET, UNLESS THERE IS
29  A DOCUMENTED AND IMMEDIATE THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR  PUBLIC  AND  PRIVATE
30  PROPERTY.
31    3. THE COLLECTION OF EGGS, CHICKS, FLEDGLINGS, OR ADULT MONK PARAKEETS
32  SHALL  BE  DONE ONLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A DESIGNATED AND QUALIFIED
33  INDIVIDUAL OR EXPERT.
34    4. THE REMOVAL OF THE NEST OF A MONK  PARAKEET,  IF  NECESSARY,  SHALL
35  OCCUR OUTSIDE OF BREEDING SEASON, UNLESS THERE IS A DOCUMENTED AND IMME-
36  DIATE THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.
37    5.  THE  STATE  OR  A QUALIFIED DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL BE
38  NOTIFIED AT LEAST FIVE DAYS IN ADVANCE OF ANY  PROPOSAL  TO  REMOVE  THE
39  NEST OF A MONK PARAKEET. THE DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL PROPOSE
40  ALTERNATIVE  ACTIONS, AND SHALL SUPERVISE ANY NEST REMOVALS IF AN ALTER-
41  NATIVE PLAN IS NOT POSSIBLE.
42    6. PRIVATE COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS, UTILITY COMPANIES, AND GOVERN-
43  MENTAL AGENCIES, SHALL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SUPPLY AND ERECT ALTERNATIVE
44  NESTING PLATFORMS WHERE REASONABLY POSSIBLE, IF  CURRENT  MONK  PARAKEET
45  NESTING  SITES  HAVE  BEEN  DEMONSTRATED  TO  BE A THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE,
46  PRIVATE OR PUBLIC PROPERTY, OR AGRICULTURAL CONCERNS.  EXAMPLE PLANS AND
47  DRAWINGS FOR NESTING PLATFORMS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC  ON
48  THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE OF THE DEPARTMENT.
49    7.  IF  AN  EFFORT  TO PROVIDE MONK PARAKEETS WITH ALTERNATIVE NESTING
50  PLATFORMS FAILS OR PROVES TO  BE  UNSUCCESSFUL,  AN  ENTITY  MAY  EMPLOY
51  HUMANE  MEANS  TO  REMOVE  AND  EUTHANIZE MONK PARAKEETS, ONLY AS A LAST
52  RESORT. ALL OTHER METHODS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE NESTING  OPTIONS  SHALL
53  BE  FIRST  EXHAUSTED.  SUCH  ENTITY  SHALL  DEMONSTRATE  IN  WRITING AND
54  DOCUMENTATION THAT ALL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES HAVE FAILED,  AND
55  SHALL  OUTLINE  THE  METHOD  BY  WHICH EUTHANASIA SHALL BE APPLIED. SUCH
S. 1246                             3

1  ENTITY SHALL ALSO DEMONSTRATE THAT THERE IS A DOCUMENTED  AND  IMMEDIATE
2  THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.
3    8. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE:
4    A. THE USE OF CARBON MONOXIDE OR ANY OTHER GAS OR VAPOR AS A METHOD OF
5  EUTHANASIA IS PROHIBITED;
6    B.  THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF EUTHANASIA SHALL BE BY INJECTION OF AN
7  ANESTHETIC OR ANESTHETIC MIXTURE WHICH  CAUSES  IMMEDIATE  AND  PAINLESS
8  CESSATION OF PULMONARY AND CORONARY FUNCTION; AND
9    C. ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF THE EUTHANASIA PROCEDURE SHALL BE
10  DONE  BY  A  LICENSED  VETERINARIAN,  VETERINARY ASSISTANT OR VETERINARY
11  TECHNICIAN.
12    9. THE DEPARTMENT MAY DESIGNATE A QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION TO CARRY  OUT
13  THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE.
14    10.  A  QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION DESIGNATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION NINE
15  OF THIS SECTION  SHALL  BE  ENTITLED  TO  REASONABLE  REIMBURSEMENT  FOR
16  EXPENSES IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEST REMOVAL, FROM ANY ENTITY SO REQUESTING
17  THE SERVICES OF SUCH QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION. THE REQUESTING ENTITY SHALL
18  PROVIDE,  AND  OPERATE,  ALL NECESSARY HEAVY EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING BUCKET
19  LIFTS OR TRUCKS. IN ADDITION, ALL EXPENSES AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
20  USE OF VETERINARY SERVICES FOR EUTHANASIA  SHALL  BE  IMMEDIATELY  REIM-
21  BURSED TO THE ATTENDING VETERINARIAN BY THE REQUESTING ENTITY.
22    11. ANY VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE A MISDEMEA-
23  NOR.
24    S  4.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
25  have become a law.


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