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THE MEETLES Celebrate First Anniversay of Subway Playing!

THE MEETLES Celebrate First Anniversay of Subway Playing!
THE MEETLES get a crowd of hundreds dancing at the Times Square/42nd Street Subway Station. Photo by Stephen Carl Baldwin.

You may not know this about me, but when I'm not out tracking the wild parrots of Brooklyn, you'll find my underground in the subterranean caverns of New York City, playing rhythm guitar and singing with THE MEETLES, New York's most fun Beatles tribute band.

This week, THE MEETLES celebrate their first solid year of performing in the NY Subway System as part of the MTA's Music Under New York program. If you want to catch up with us and hear some great live Beatles music, please go to meetles.com and check the band's upcoming show schedule. If you're down, want to hang with cool people, or just need a jolt from the British Invasion, there's no better place to be! You can also follow THE MEETLES on Facebook.

New Photos of Wild Queens NY Parrots in Winter


Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
Dominika Gardocka is a talented Queens-based photographer and artist whose web site is www.Manika-art.com. This past week, in the midst of extraordinary cold weather, Dominka shot some incredible photos of the wild parrots of Queens. These parrots (which appear to be Cherry Headed Conures, the same type of parrot that also lives in the wild in San Francisco) are among New York's most elusive and mysterious parrot flock, and we've examined their story in the past. I still don't know how these parrots can survive New York's brutal winters, because, unlike our hardy wild Monk Parakeets, the conures hail from the tropics.

Without further ado, here are some of Dominika's great photos of these incredible urban psitticine survivors!


A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.


A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.


Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.


Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.


A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.


A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.

Next Brooklyn Wild Parrot Safari: Saturday, February 6, 2010
What are wild parrots doing in Brooklyn? It's a long story!

Attention all Urban Parrot fans: the next Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari will happen on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 11 AM. Please gather at Brooklyn College's Hillel Gate, which is at the intersection of Hillel Place and Campus Road. (Note: there will be no inspection of the Green-Wood Cemetery parrots on this safari; I have to run off to do something later on Saturday afternoon. Soon I'll bring back the Green-Wood "second section" of the trip but it's impossible this month).

Please e-mail me if you want to attend. Note: there is no rain date for this trip. I ordinarily do not cancel the tour unless the forecast is for sustained inclement weather in which birds will not fly.

Wild Parrot Safari (Brooklyn College): 11:00 AM to 12:30PM
At 11 AM, we'll inspect the Brooklyn Parrots' "Ellis Island." Their large nests around the soccer field represents the first major colony in Brooklyn. The site is easy to get to via public transportation. Just take the Number 2 train (Seventh Avenue IRT) to the end of the line, walk one block Southwest on Hillel Street past the new Starbucks, and look for the main Brooklyn College date. The tour begins at the entrance at 11:00 AM sharp. Allow some extra time, given that the MTA is doing lots of construction/train re-routing on weekends. Driving instructions are available at Brooklyn College's main Web site. Parking is fairly easy to come by in the neighborhood. If you're late, please call me: I'll give you directions so that you can meet up with us if the tour is already in progress.

What to Bring/What to Wear
Please bring a photo ID (this is required by Brooklyn College Security). Bring binoculars and a camera. We'll be exposed to outdoors so bring a hat/sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Please feel free to wear anything except bright orange. For reasons that science has not yet explained, Monk Parrots freak out when you show them something orange.

This Tour is Free, But the Parrots Are Hungry!
The Wild Parrot Safari is free - if you wish to help your hungry urban feathered friends, bring some good bird feed and other treats. Finch food or millet are always welcomed by our hungry urban "peeps."

See you in wild, exotic Brooklyn!

Steve Baldwin, Webmaster, BrooklynParrots.com
steve@brooklynparrots.com

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