Forget the beekeeping workshop, apparently there are a) wild parrots in Brooklyn and b) safaris to see these wild parrots. And the next one is this weekend, Saturday July 9th at 11AM. The tours are organized by Steve Baldwin, wild parrot lover and birdwatcher extraordinaire. Here are all the details:
Attention all Urban Parrot fans: the next Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari will happen on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 11 AM. All will please gather at Brooklyn College’s Hillel Gate, which is at the intersection of Hillel Place and Campus Road. To register, email Steve Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the 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!
If you can’t make the safari, at least check out Steve’s site and some music from his new band…the Elementary Penguins.