[Tweeters] Yacolt Monk Parakeets

Guy McWethy lguy_mcw at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 27 09:51:52 PST 2007

Hey Tweets,
I actually sent the following links to the Yacolt City
I probably SHOULD have sent them to the Clark PUD.

Brooklyn Parrots


The Monk Parakeet Colony in Brooklyn (yes, NY) had all
the same problems. and the local residents ended up
working with their PUD and erecting alternative
nesting sites for the birds as the nests on the
utility poles were destroyed. Now they have
Parakeets, and they do not nest on the utility poles.
Elegant solution, worked out by the local folks
wanting the birds around ...

--- Sherry Hagen <littlebirder at pacifier.com> wrote:

> 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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Guy McWethy
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