A number of you have written me asking about when the next wild parrot safari will happen in Brooklyn. This question is a natural one to ask, given that the last safari we did was in November, and no safaris were scheduled for December of 2018 or January 2019.
Unfortunately, the last couple of safaris we did weren’t great. In both locations (Brooklyn College and Green-Wood Cemetery), the birds were difficult — if not impossible — to observe at close-range.
I’ve been doing these safaris for a long time (since 2005) and would like to continue them, given that the public seems to enjoy them and because I believe it’s a good thing to share news about the delightful parrots that have made Brooklyn home. At the same time, however, there’s no point doing safaris that result in disappointed guests. So for the time being at least, BrooklynParrots.com’s wild parrot safaris are suspended.
This will give me time to get out and do a more thorough investigation into why the parrots have suddenly become so elusive. I don’t suspect anything sinister is afoot (although I haven’t ruled that out either because many sinister things have happened to them in the past), but I do believe that recent changes in the ecosystem in Brooklyn have something to do with them suddenly being so hard to spot. I hope to have more information for you all soon (after the New Year) and will report these findings here. Please understand that my desire is to keep these safaris going but I really need to find out more about what’s happening with the parrots before I schedule any more dates.