Because of the recent displacement of the parrots from the area that — for many years — we’ve conducted our Wild Parrot Safaris — I put these outings on hiatus back in April.
I would like to announce that the Wild Brooklyn Parrot safaris will resume in a “new” location (the quotes are there because we actually have done Safaris at that location before). I hope to announce a date for the Fall Safaris in a few days. Please stay tuned.
I had the recent pleasure of accompanying writer Lenora Todaro on a trip to Green-Wood Cemetery to see the wild parrots. She interviewed a bunch of New Yorkers — including myself — on what these interesting interlopers are up to, and what they can teach us about living in New York City. Lenora’s well-written, thought-provoking article, published to the Catapult Website, was published today.
The wonderful folks at BRIC Arts Media made a nice video on the Brooklyn Parrots (AKA Monk Parakeets) that just came out today. I hope you enjoy it — BTW BRIC is a great institution whose mission is to bring today’s tech-centric tools of expression to the larger community. Please support them!
I had the recent pleasure of meeting WCBS News Radio88 reporter Mike Sugerman and relating to him the strange tale of the wild parrots of Brooklyn. The result is a very nice story on the “boids” posted to WCBS’ site today. Check it out at:
What happens when a well-intended effort to provide refuge for hundreds of abandoned, abused, and displaced birds falls apart due to the refuge owner’s death?
Ben Life’s film tells the story of a how a heart-breaking situation was ultimately averted by the heroic efforts of a team of volunteers participating in what would become known as Canada’s largest animal rescue effort.
If you’re feeling pessimistic these days about the human race, watch Ben’s film.
I recently had the opportunity to give a talk for Phoenix Landing — an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the well-being of parrots that’s based in Asheville, North Carolina. During the Q&A, a gentleman in the audience asked me where he could find my book, and I then realized that it’s almost impossible to find it, unless one goes to Amazon.com and types “brooklyn parrots” into the search bar. So here’s a direct link to the one and only Brooklyn Parrots FAQ, authored by yours truly. It’s electronic (I may do a hard copy version in the future but this will have to do for now), priced at a rock-bottom $4.99, and available now. If you’d like to support my free safaris in Brooklyn, buying the book will help (just click on the image).