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Parakeet protection bill advances
Thursday, March 30 2006 @ 04:48 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5938
General News Assemblywoman Joan Voss and Edgewater resident Alison Evans-Fragale pleaded with lawmakers Thursday on behalf of a flighty group of constituents who never vote but are hard to ignore.

In Edgewater, they tend to congregate in treetops in Memorial Park, at the intersection of River Road and Route 5. Their forebears, immigrants from South America, have been accused of destroying acres upon acres of crops, although today some wonder whether those tales might simply be legend.

Members of the flock are periodically rendered homeless by Public Service Electric and Gas Co., although without fail they have managed to regroup and rebuild after each incident.

"They," of course, are the lime-green monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots, that have lived in Edgewater since at least the 1970s. The birds have won over many fans despite their ear-piercing screeches and messy personal habits.

Friday, March 10, 2006
By ADRIENNE LU, STAFF WRITER, TRENTON

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Pro Parrot Bill to be Heard in Trenton this Week!
Monday, March 06 2006 @ 04:02 AM UTC
Contributed by: Alison
Views: 7642
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New Jersey Wild Quaker Parrots Need Your Help!

Bill A1237 has been introduced to decriminalize them in NJ, whose antiquated laws claim that they are a "potentially dangerous species" Please send an e-mail in support of Bill #A1237.

On March 9th, New Jersey Legislators will hear pro-parrot testimony from many of EdgewaterParrots.com supporters and team members, including, but not limited to: Marc Johnson of Foster Parrots.com Jon Mark Davey of Quakerville.com and Parrotsinthe City.com Steve Baldwin of BrooklynParrots.com and Alison Evans-Fragale, Founder of EdgewaterParrots.com, in support of Bill A1237!


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Flu fear parrots dumped
Thursday, February 23 2006 @ 09:41 AM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 9370
Shelters and Rescue By JOHN SCOTT

PET lovers have dumped parrots worth up to 3,000 each because of bird flu fears, it emerged last night.

A sanctuary was given 23 of the unwanted birds in a week FIVE times the usual number.

The pets, including lovebirds, budgies, a blue and gold macaw, two African greys and an Amazon parrot are worth 20,000.

One cockatoo was left outside with a message reading: Please look after Barney. We have a little child and dont want to get bird flu.

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Dating agency for parrots
Wednesday, February 15 2006 @ 03:46 PM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 6188
Shelters and Rescue An ornithologist who set up a dating agency for lonely parrots says it has been a huge success.

Rita Ohnhauser has already brought 1,300 lonely hearts together in Berlin and unlike other matchmakers she knows her pairs will never split - because the birds mate for life.

"In the wild parrots search out a life partner and then spend every minute of the day with them, but when they are kept as pets they are mainly alone and get very depressed," said Ohnhauser.

She added that parrot owners across Germany had started bringing their feathered friends to the sanctuary to find a mate, and she currently had 150 parrots busy "getting acquainted" with other birds.

"Birds experience love at first sight just like humans. But others make a really careful choice before entering a relationship. It can take up to three months," she said.

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Illegal Parrot Traders Beware
Wednesday, February 15 2006 @ 11:01 AM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 10323
Conservation New Era (Windhoek) Namibia. February 14, 2006

Conservationists and bird lovers want to go into cooperation with the Protected Resources Unit to clean up the illegal trade in parrots.

While the Grey Headed parrot is under tremendous pressure at the moment, due to an increased illegal capture and trade, another species which is endemic to Namibia, the Ruppel's Parrot went out in thousands some 10 to 12 years ago.

Studies indicate that between 600 and 1 000 Ruppel's birds that are near endemic to Namibia, are illegally smuggled out of Namibia every year.

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Overseas help for endangered parrot
Monday, February 13 2006 @ 10:35 AM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 5421
Conservation Feb 12, 2006

New Zealand conservationists are flying in help from overseas in an effort to save the endangered Kakapo.

The birds have become increasingly infertile but it is hoped a foreign expert can inject new life into the breeding programme.

Endangered Birds Specialist Dr Juan Blanco has flown half way across the world to help solve the fertility problems of its only flightless parrot.

Blanco's expertise is as rare as the birds he works with. The artificial insemination of endangered birds.

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