[Tweeters] Monk Parakeets - Live and let die

Scott R a y mryakima at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 14:05:22 PST 2007


The problem with Monk Parakeets living in North America isn't about
their nests interfering with the power company operations. The problem
lies in the existence of Monk Parakeets here at all. Rather than
providing nest boxes, their nests should be destroyed a every
opportunity. Haven't we learned our lesson enough times, that
introduced birds are a bad idea? They should be eradicated if
possible, no matter how beautiful they might be.

Scott R a y
Yakima

On Nov 28, 2007 1:11 PM, Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Greetings!

> I was asked to forward this to you.

> It has links to websites from Brooklyn NY, where they

> SUCESSFULLY moved Monk Parakeets from Utility Poles to

> provided nest 'boxes'.

> Has designs for the houses, and the exact procedures

> used.

> And I sent this to the Yacolt City Council, and the

> Clark County PUD Office.

> Guy

>

> --- Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com> wrote:

>

> > Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:55:30 -0800 (PST)

> > From: Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com>

> > Subject: Fwd: Monk Parakeets - Problem or

> > 'Opportunity'

> > To: mailbox at clarkpud.com

> >

> > Alternative Solution to the Yacolt Monk Parakeet

> > problems.

> > One more acceptable to your customers, and one

> > already

> > proven to work.

> > I should have sent this to YOU, rather than the Town

> > Council!

> > Guy McWethy

> >

> > --- Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com> wrote:

> >

> > > Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 15:12:56 -0700 (PDT)

> > > From: Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com>

> > > Subject: Monk Parakeets - Problem or 'Opportunity'

> > > To: townofyacolt at aol.com

> > >

> > > Greetings!

> > > I recently visited your small town, and the reason

> > > for

> > > my visit might just surprise you.

> > > I came to see your parrots!

> > > I have lived in Washington for over 30 years (grew

> > > up

> > > in Richland, currently live in Renton) and I am a

> > > dedicated birder (or bird-watcher). I recently

> > > heard

> > > about the flock of 'wild' Monk Parakeets that were

> > > making Yacolt their home, and wanted to come and

> > see

> > > them.

> > > They are gorgeous! And wonderful birds to see!

> > >

> > > However, I know they are exotics, and it appears

> > you

> > > might be having some problems with them nesting in

> > > your power poles. Knowing that other cities have

> > > faced this challenge, I did a litte web-surfing,

> > and

> > > found that Brooklyn (of all places!) has had to

> > deal

> > > with these guys, AND that they have had some

> > success

> > > living with them. I have included some of the

> > > web-links below, for your information. The gist

> > of

> > > it

> > > is, they have been able to put up alternative

> > > nesting

> > > poles (Monk Bunkers) near the power poles, and the

> > > parrots have moved from the power poles and into

> > > their

> > > more acceptable (to humans) nesting areas.

> > >

> > > I would like to encourage your town to find a way

> > to

> > > live and let-live with these parrots.

> > >

> > > As some incentive, I would like to point out that

> > > there are several Thousand very hard-core,

> > dedicated

> > > birders on the west-side of the state, that keep

> > > track

> > > of all the birds we see in the state, and across

> > the

> > > country. There are currently only about 5 or 6

> > > places

> > > that Monk Parakeets have established colonies that

> > > are

> > > large enough to be considered 'countable' by the

> > > American Ornitholgical Union (AOU). None are west

> > > of

> > > Texas.

> > >

> > > Heck, the local Audobohn societies, and the WOS

> > can

> > > probably get you some volunteer help to solve any

> > > problems as well. There are lots of people in

> > > Washington that appreciate birds and would

> > probably

> > > be

> > > willing to help.

> > >

> > > Thank you for reading through this, and I hope to

> > > see

> > > a thriving Monk Parakeet colony in Washington for

> > > many

> > > years to come!

> > >

> > > Guy McWethy

> > >

> > > FAQ's

> > > http://www.avianwelfare.org/issues/forum.htm

> > >

> > > Brooklyn Parrots

> > > http://www.brooklynparrots.com/

> > >

> > > MonkBunker

> > > http://www.brooklynparrots.com/labels/USDA.html

> > >

> >

> http://www.firstscience.com/home/articles/nature/nesting-wars-page-2-1_1369.html

> > >

> > >

> > >

>

>

> Guy McWethy

> Renton, WA

> mailto: lguy_mcw at yahoo.com

>

>

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