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.

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4 Responses to “NYS Assembly Member sponsors Monk Parakeet Protection Act”


  1. 1 Irfan July 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    That is great. I am totally for it. People who kill them fro nay reason and destroy their nests and crush the eggs should be ashamed, How you would feel if some kill your babies in front of you, That happens in New Jersey.
    Shame on those people, cruel, heartless acts. These Monk Parrots are amazing, loving and intelligent birds.

  2. 2 Nicky Palm Trees September 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    They are a non-native species and have done hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not millions) in damage in Whitestone. They are aggressive with Jays, cardinals and sparrows. They next in Con Ed poles near where transformers are housed to keep warm. Ultimately, it is a fire hazard and the transformer explodes as has happened around Whitestone several times now. Each transformer costs over $100,000. Con Ed has given up removing their nests, since they just rebuild. We, as rate payers foot the bill by increased Con Ed charges for these beasts of burden.

    They should be removed and discouraged from making nests in our area. If you like them buy one at a store, clip its wings and keep it in your house.

  3. 3 snowbird3 September 29, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Nicky has written: We, as rate payers foot the bill by increased Con Ed charges for these beasts of burden.

    It has become a sad day, I think, when living creatures of this good earth are not valued for their true worth, but instead, by a dollar value. A life is priceless: your life, their lives. These birds are no more non-native than are humans, and so much less invasive. We released them; we gave them this new home. They survived. Eradication is not the answer, in a world where humans so often fail to use the intelligence and compassion we so arrogantly, and constantly, brag puts Us above, Them.

    Quaker parrots are a very manageable species, as they mostly nest and live in one place their whole lives. If we can put a man on the moon, we can build attractive stations to encourage nesting sites better suited to all of us living together. As for being aggressive, yes, they defend their territory, as do most bird species—as do most species. As do we. But they do not rob nests of eggs and young, as do jays, and they are certainly no more ferocious than are sparrows.

    Like most birds, Quakers are beautiful, intelligent, and a grace to our human lives. Their social structure is as complex as are their nests. They bond with each other, for life, and if you watch them, there is undeniably love, in their constant closeness, mutual grooming, touching. We could learn from them. How sad it is, that humans so often go forward with eyes wide shut. Feeling their way along a single path. Missing all around them that is so fascinating, beautiful; so utterly priceless.

    Looking at a bird and seeing a utility bill, a beast of burden, a dollar sign. Missing completely the gorgeous feathers and bright eyes. Refusing to see an intelligent being with a beating heart.

  4. 4 Lili October 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I have a quaker and they are beautiful and intelligent birds/Please be nice.


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