If you’re not familiar with Birdie, he’s the official mascot of GreeNYC, New York City’s public education program ” dedicated to educating, engaging, and mobilizing New Yorkers to take simple, but meaningful, steps to reduce their energy use, generate less waste, and live more sustainable lifestyles. ”
Frankly, I’m delighted that the City of New York chose a Quaker Parrot to represent this office. Quakers are resourceful, intelligent, thoroughly urban, and decidedly green! And while Birdie — originally developed during the Bloomberg Administration — seemed to be an endangered species a few years ago — he’s been brought back by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and is bigger than ever these days (he’s already more than 5 feet tall.)
I had a chance to catch up with Birdie last week when some of the nice folks at GreeNYC suggested that I serve as host for a high-level alumni conference with some of Birdie’s (much smaller) avian relatives at Green-Wood Cemetery. His appearance — part of a summer-long “staycation” that’s seen Birdie flocking to many interesting places in NYC — was welcomed by the resident parrots there, several of whom flew over to get a better look at the world’s largest Quaker Parrot.
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