Here ye, hear ye — those interested in observing, documenting, or merely paying respects to one of Brooklyn’s foundational wild parrot flocks, please RSVP for the next Wild Parrots Safari, happening Saturday, 10/7/2017 at Brooklyn College.
Time: 11:00 AM.
This tour is free to the public but space is limited so please rsvp stephencarlbaldwin (at) gmail.com
WE MEET ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE BEME COFFEE HOUSE BY THE BC SECURITY GATE. Look for a man wearing binoculars on a strap bearing a copy of Peterson’s Bird Guide open to Page 98 – that’s me.
Getting there via public transit
Take the 2 Train (IRT Express) to the end of the line in Brooklyn. It’s about a half-hour beyond Atlantic Avenue on the plodding but reliable IRT line.
Once you emerge from the tunnels, head West along Hillel Place to Campus Road, this road runs around the campus and we’ll spend most of our time on it. There is a Starbucks on the corner that has a rest room that is available for customers that you might find convenient given that the trip from Manhattan is a long one.
Please give yourself an ample amount of time. A good rule of thumb is that it will take you an hour and fifteen minutes from the Upper West Side to Brooklyn College on a normal day. But weekends are not always normal on the NY subway system!
There is usually street parking available on Campus Road, although it might be a few steps from the meeting place, which is directly outside the security booth.
What’s Significant About This Flock
The wild Brooklyn Parrots living on or about Brooklyn College have roots that goes back to the early 1970s. It is one of the oldest self-sustaining wild parrot colonies in Brooklyn, and has been noted and documented by various departments of Brooklyn College over the years. It appears that the ancestors of the birds residing there now came from John F. Kennedy Airport in the late 1970s as part of an inadvertent or possibly intentional release.