February 18, 2006
Birds need only common-sense alternatives
State Rep. Richard Roy, D-Milford, made headlines for thinking a monk
parakeet expert -- the biology department head in one of our state universities
- just might have something wise to say about monk parakeets ["Bird flap
continues," Connecticut Post, Feb. 14].
Thus, Roy will push to remove monk parakeets from the state's invasive
"The Connecticut General Assembly could vote to make them non-invasive,"
as USDA spokesperson Corey L. Slavitt explained last year ["Power company says it
won't capture any more birds this year," Press, Dec. 6]. Why?
Contrary to predictions of decades back, the birds have not damaged the
What's controversial is parrot eradication for utility companies -- not the
birds. Whether birds seem "friendly" or "meddlesome" is no criterion for
killing them in carbon dioxide chambers.
Ironically, some customers lost electricity for the first time when
contractors yanked down accumulated nesting material in the controversial
scheme. Better maintenance is needed, as are common-sense alternatives.
Given that Dwight Smith, the monk parakeet expert, says the birds are
enmeshed in the natural ecology, good sense means guiding birds away from
utility poles. Taking the initiative, homeowners have coaxed the birds to
alternative nesting platforms. And, in contrast with the gassing plan, no one
gave those residents $125,000 in public funds to implement that sensible idea.
Friends of Animals