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Old 04-26-2010, 11:34 PM
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Wild Monk Parakeets (aka Quaker Parrots) have inhabited the Edgewater Colony for 6 years. Last year, 2 residents, both former Board Members, complained that the parrots were noisy and demanded that the Board and Foremost Management “get rid of them”.

In September of 2009, the Colony removed 40 nests and launched their cruel efforts to destroy the wild parrots’ habitat. 3 trees were cut down, despite the Colony’s tree policy. Atlantic Ivy, important to the parrots’ survival for food and nest building, was also removed from the remaining trees.

At their last Board meeting, the Colony announced their intention to remove the remaining parrot nests. Additionally, they claimed that they would not remove nests during the breeding season.

On April 21st, Edgewater Parrots, a grass-roots effort dedicated to the humane treatment of wild Monk Parakeets, alerted the Board and Management office regarding the presence of eggs in the nest at the Colony. They were advised that the breeding season was well underway, and we requested that nest removals be postponed until after the breeding season. Their response was a single sentence that claimed the breeding season does not start until May 1st.

Yesterday, the Colony hired Reliable Tree Service to remove parrot nests and the trees they were located in. Eggs fell to the ground and cracked, leaving shattered shells and the lifeless, soon to be born, embryos behind. The nests were thrown into a wood chipper before we could document the presence of living, unfledged baby parrots.

This was a pre-meditated effort to destroy the wild parrots’ habitat and to kill as many parrots and babies as possible. And it was totally unnecessary and inhumane.

The Colony had been contacted several times by the Edgewater Parrots team in an effort to reach out to them to educate them and assist them in providing humane alternatives to killing. The Colony chose to ignore our offer to assist and utilized killing and destruction of their habitat instead.

Killing is the solution of a limited and cruel mind. There are humane alternatives.

For example: PSE&G removes nests on utility poles twice a year, before and after the breeding season. They also utilize orange insulating sleeves on their utility poles to dissuade nest building. Edgewater Parrots has also built nesting platforms to offer alternative locations to build nests.

THE POINT: There are humane alternatives to death and destruction, but the Edgewater Colony prefers killing and destruction of habitat over humane solutions.

Please support our efforts to insure that the wild Quaker Parrots living in the Colony are treated in a humane fashion, free from suffering and cruelty.

Sign our petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/end...ter-colonyOnce

Once there, you can read about the humane alternatives available and offer your support.

The Colony was allowed to do this today because the parrots are on New Jersey’s list of “Potentially Dangerous Species”—a designation given to them over 40 years ago, when law makers were concerned about the effect the parrots would have on local bird and crops. We now know that they do not deserve this notorious reputation and have filed Bill A454 (that passed unanimously in the Assembly last year but timed out before a hearing in the Senate) that calls upon Legislators to remove wild Monk Parakeets from New Jersey’s “Potentially Dangerous Species”.

For more info, please contact Alison, the Founder of Edgewater Parrots, at:

alionhudson@yahoo.com or alison@edgewaterparrots.com or by phone at: 646-345-3424.

Thank you, in advance, for your kind efforts on behalf of the wild Monk Parakeets of New Jersey.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:10 PM
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Colony management, bird lovers clash over removal of nests
Friday, May 7, 2010
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Edgewater — Ever since the exotic, brightly colored Quaker Parrots, also known as Monk Parakeets, which are native to South America, escaped from large crates that had been shipped to the Port of New York in the 1980s, many of the birds picked Edgewater as their new home, building nests on utility poles and trees along River Road.

Now some 200 or more parrots live in Edgewater with some having migrated to Fort Lee and Leonia as well.

Although the largest "colonies" of birds can be seen at the intersection of River Road and Route 5, several nests are found every year on The Colony property — a private cooperative of homes along the river front.

But not everybody in The Colony is a bird lover. Two weeks ago, Foremost Management, the company that manages The Colony, had four parrot nests taken down after requesting a deportation permit back in January from the New Jersey Division of Wildlife to remove the nests. They had until May 1, when breeding season is believed to commence.

"We're removing the birds because the noise is unbearable in the morning and the bird droppings are a very serious health concern," said John Napoleone, the property manager. "They're all over the decks of people's homes."

Napoleone said they follow the guidelines set by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and none of the birds are hurt in the process.

But the DEP will have to make that determination.

After several Borough residents complained to them that the nests were not removed properly, the DEP has begun an investigation.

"They [Foremost Management] did get a permit to remove some nests, but the report the DEP has now received from concerned residents is that the company just ripped down the nests, did not look for eggs or babies and didn't do the removal in a proper manner," said DEP Spokesperson Larry Ragonese, adding that although the parrots care considered dangerous because of their "wild" status, the birds are still under the protection of the DEP.

"The state's DEP is now investigating the situation to determine if in fact they violated the rules on how they [Foremost Management] were supposed to do this nest removal," Ragonese said.

Foremost Management could face violations and fines that range from $250 to $5,000 per violation.

Last month when PSE&G personnel became concerned over a fire hazard caused by nests on some of their utility poles, they applied for permits to remove the nests and contacted Allison Evans, a long time Edgewater resident affectionately known as the "Parrot Lady," who always offers to help by removing the nests and placing the eggs in an incubator.

"To take the nests down, our crews slowly remove the nests by hand," said PSE&G Spokesperson Nicole Swan. "Volunteers from the Edgewater Parrots organization are invited to come on site to provide any additional help."

Evans usually nurses the eggs until they hatch and the birds are strong enough to fly away, a volunteer effort Evans has also performed for the Borough.

"We usually call Allison when we have nests that have to be removed from Borough property," said Borough Administrator Greg Franz, adding that nests on private property are handled at the discretion of the property owners.

But Evans says she was not called by The Colony's management about removing the nests and was met with verbal hostility from some Colony residents opposed to the parrots.

Unfortunately, some of the birds may have suffered a worse fate.

When a tree removal company hired by the property's management office took down several trees carrying nests two weeks ago, Moore said the trees were simply thrown into a wood chipper.

"A resident got a video asking the tree guy, 'Are these babies alive?' And the tree guy said, 'No, I don't think so. These eggs cracked when they hit the ground,'" Evans said. "There was nothing humane about this operation."

Evans said there are humane solutions such as alternative nesting platforms to make the removal of the eggs easier before or after breeding season.

The battle over the birds has been ongoing. Evans said 40 nests were removed in September along with trees, nesting materials and a potential food source.

"They also removed Atlantic Ivy, which is very important to their habitat because they nest in it and eat the berries that are provided year round," Evans said. "Clearly they're doing whatever they can to destroy the parents' young and their habitat. It's horrible."

But the property manager insists the proper procedure was followed and that no eggs were found in the nests.

"I'm an animal lover," Napoleone explained. "I have three dogs, four cats and 50 Koi fish in a pond. So the last thing I want to do is harm any animal."

The DEP's review of the matter is expected to be concluded within the upcoming weeks.

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Old 05-07-2010, 09:21 PM
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The parrots were here long befor the 1980's. I remember them in the top of the boro hall way back in the early 70's. There were just a couple then one disappeared and soon after so did the other one. Went a few years before they started showing up again.
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