Brooklyn College is building a brand-new athletic field - and it wants to make sure certain high-profile members of the campus community are happy with it. The parakeets. A flock of exotic monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots, nest atop the light poles surrounding the current field. College officials are taking pains to ensure dozens of birds have nothing to squawk about as they embark on a $3.3 million construction project. They have earmarked about $5,000 to install 3x6-foot nesting platforms on the new light poles - kinda like parakeet condos. (NYDailyNews.com)
Why can’t other areas where Quakers live feral be this considerate?
The birds have really not proven to be a threat at all in the United States, yet are illegal as pets in so many states (in some, punishable by euthanization), and their nests are destroyed and babies are killed.
We had parrots native to the US, on both the east and west coasts, and we killed them off. One species is now completely extinct, and the other extinct in the US.
Isn’t it amazing that we’ve been given this second chance with having beautiful, intelligent parrots living alongside us?