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Posted by Mickie on 11/19/05

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    Hi Friends,

    The following, is part of an article that appeared on the
    local newspaper. Connecticut has staterd to kill the Monk
    Parakeets. We, the people who love and care for birds are
    heartbroken. The Monk Parakeets are not protected by any law.
    I feel we are their voice. I wrote a letter to the newspaper
    and hopefully they will hear our voice in this matter.
    I was hoping if anyone in our bird community has any video
    clips of their Quakers talking and interacting with humans
    that I could use. It will help me to bring our point across
    to the news media. We need to exalt and show their
    intelligence and how full of emotion these birds are. Please
    help me on this. What's happening is very tragic and if I
    sat and did nothing I will feel awful for the rest of my
    life. I owe it to Willow. Thanks, so much.


    Article created: 11/17/2005 04:23:23 AM

    Pole-dwelling birds facing wrath of UI

    The United Illuminating Co., with support from federal and
    state officials, including the Connecticut Audubon Society,
    has begun an eradication program to destroy monk parakeet
    nests and kill off entire bird colonies.

    A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said
    Wednesday that at least 47 of the large, bright-green
    tropical birds were humanely killed this week in a procedure
    that exposes them to large amounts of carbon dioxide.

    Priscilla Feral, president of the Norwalk-based Friends of
    Animals, called it the sanctioned murder of intelligent
    birds that is being subsidized by taxpayers and customers of
    the utility.

    "They belong to the planet, not the corporation," Feral
    said. "This is a draconian measure and I'm going to raise hell."

    The $125,000 program, targeting more than 100 stick nests in
    utility poles, began in West Haven this week and will expand
    to Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport and beyond, UI officials said.

    The gregarious cowled birds, which have colonized much of
    the Connecticut coast over the last 30 years, are being
    captured at night with nets by specially trained UI crews
    and turned over to U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel.

    The USDA officials euthanize most of the birds and use
    others for research, according to Al Carbone, spokesman for
    UI, who stressed that bird nests in utility poles have
    contributed to at least two fires, including one last summer.

    Corey Slavitt, a public affairs spokeswoman with the USDA's
    animal and plant health inspection service in Washington,
    confirmed that UI workers are giving the animals to the USDA.

    "The reason it's being done at night is because that's when
    adult populations congregate at their roosts," Slavitt said.
    He added that the birds are actually parrots (Myiopsitta
    monachus) native to the jungles of South America who have
    naturalized themselves. They are not native to this area.

    Indeed, Dennis Schain, communications director for the state
    Department of Environmental Protection, said that the birds
    have been declared an invasive species with potential
    detrimental effects on the environment.

    "The DEP is, of course, in the business of protecting
    wildlife and the state's natural resources," Schain said.
    "In this case, however, the monk parakeet is an invasive
    species; it is not protected under any federal or state
    laws, and nests on utility poles are creating a fire hazard
    and a threat to reliable electrical service.

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