We meet on a public street corner. Once assembled, I introduce myself and talk briefly about the history of the wild monk parakeets (AKA "Quaker Parrots") in New York City. I discuss the political backstory of their displacement from Argentina, evaluate the various theories explaining their origin (including whether organized crime may have been involved in their release), and talk about some of the parrots' special qualities that have enabled their survival here. This talk is brief because my main objective is to get my party the best view of the parrots headquarters (a massive colonial nest). If there are many birds in the nests at the time we arrive, our group lingers there and I take questions from the group. If the birds are away from the nest we may decide to linger or venture further to find them. In the past my trips have taken place near Brooklyn College but the birds have been displaced from that area, so future safaris will happen at Green-Wood Cemetery. The whole trip takes about an hour. I find that 11:00 AM is a good time to start it -- this gives people in Manhattan and other areas plenty of time to get to the site via public transportation.
Meet the parrots
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait it’s a bird! These monk parakeets (also known as quaker parrots) have made their home in multiple cities in North America. They’re bright green and known to squawk, socialize, and perch in unusually urban settings.
Our main activity will be the main gate of Green-Wood Cemetery (where the parrots have their nests), and the area immediately West of the main gate (where the parrots often range). If time permits (and we've already seen plenty of wil parrots), a trip up Battle Hill to the stature of Minerva is an option. This view gives a very open view of the harbor and Lower Manhattan.
Please dress appropriately for the weather. If it happens that the weather is bad on the day of our Safari, I will notify you no later than 12 hours prior to the event that it is cancelled.
Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari