[Tweeters] Yacolt Monk Parakeets

Sherry Hagen littlebirder at pacifier.com
Tue Nov 27 09:46:45 PST 2007

As Presdient of Vancouver Audubon, my husband, Arden, received the first call this moring about saving the birds but he explained that they were a non-native species and there wasn't much legally we could do. It is a matter of appealing to Clark PUD to not gas the birds if they haven't already.

Isn't it ironic that the very people that the PUD is trying to protect from a power outage are the very people that want the birds to stay where they were even with a power outage!!!

Sherry Hagen
Vancouver, WA
littlebirder at pacifier.com
----- Original Message -----
From: Wilson Cady
To: enhunn323 at comcast.net
Cc: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 1:38 AM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Yacolt Monk Parakeets

On Fri, 23 Nov "Eugene and Nancy Hunn" wrote in part.
It would be a worthwhile oral history project to interview Yacolt residents to determine how long they have been established there, as they are certainly breeding and self-sustaining, at least in the short run.

Gene Hunn
18476 47th PlNE
Lake Forest Park, WA
enhunn323 at comcast.net
On Monday night (11-26) a Portland television news they ran a story about these Monk Parakeets, apparently there were two birds that showed up about four years ago. From this pair the colony expanded quickly and there were three colonies in Yacolt by this fall. Last year the large stick nests were removed from the poles by the power company but the residents said the birds were busy rebuilding the nests the next morning. Last weekend on Sunday one of the nests shorted out an electrical line knocking power out to part of the town of Yacolt. The news segment stated that the power company is attempting to catch the birds Monday at midnight as they roost in the nests and will have them gassed. The local residents who were interviewed by the reporters considered the birds the town mascots and doubt that the power company will be successful in removing these nonnative species. Even people who lost their electricity over the weekend were rooting for the birds.

Wilson Cady
Washougal, WA


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