Forty years ago, bright-green South American parrots appeared along Connecticut's coast, refugees of the exotic pet trade. Now, these hardy birds — monk parakeets, in common parlance — have carved out an ecological niche for themselves.
In November, 2005, Connecticut's United Illuminating Company, in cooperation with the USDA, started destroying Monk Parakeet nests and gassing the birds living there. The USDA agents, who killed birds and animals at taxpayer's expense for private industry, planned to use Connecticut's program as a test case.
Friends of Animals is currently pursuing a legal judgment to ensure that UI is required to implement routine maintenance and prevent nesting, and a permanent injunction against the capturing and killing of the monk parakeets. We also support Rep. Richard F. Roy's (D-Milford) proposed bill that would take monk parakeets off the state's invasive species list, in an effort to protect them from further eradication efforts. This bill has been unanimously approved by the Legistlature's Environment Committee and will be considered by the General Assembly.
- Build a nest
- Horrified by the roundups, Connecticut residents began hosting alternative nesting platforms for any birds that escaped the Company's dragnet. We're happy to provide instructions on how you can build one for your yard.
- Speak out in support of Monk Parakeets
- Supporters should feel empowered to speak out, courteously but firmly, for the birds' freedom. To obtain sample letters and contact information, click here.
- Donate to Operation Parakeet
- We can't defend the rights of these beautiful creatures without the support of people like you. Please consider making a donation.
March 23, 2006Action•Line Feature: Representing Connecticut’s Littlest Immigrants
Spring, 2006Monk Parakeet Bill Approved by Committee
March 21, 2006Birds need only common-sense alternatives
February 19, 2006Milford Rep Wants Parakeets Off Invasive List
February 13, 2006Operation Parakeet: Keep Your Voices Up for Connecticut's Littlest Immigrants
January 31, 2006Built for the Birds
January 15, 2006Group wants protection for birds
January 13, 2006FoA Sues United Illuminating Over Parakeet Gassing
January 13, 2006A brief update and thanks
January 4, 2006From Friends of Animals: May Birds Know A World Without Cages
January 3, 2006Parakeets merit respect from UI
December 27, 2005Workshop #2 Nest Construction, New Haven
December 15, 2005UI's parakeet purge costs $698.32 for each dead bird
December 9, 2005Monk parakeets get to fly
December 7, 2005Eradication of Parakeets Draws Protests
November 27, 2005Parakeets' plight protested
November 18, 2005Letter on Behalf of the Parakeets
November 18, 2005Stop the State-Sanctioned Killing of Connecticut's Monk Parakeets
November 17, 2005