is a pet shop owner from the Bronx who spun a small cable-access show about pet care into a Martha Stewart Omnimedia-backed pet-advice career. But he first became known for his call-in show
in which he gave advice
while surrounded by a menagerie
the new urban jungle
. . . is a growing movement led by cities like San Francisco
, New York
, and Leiden
to restore active and vibrant natural systems in urban areas. Far from the eden-like depictions of nature of yesteryear, i.e. the garden of earthly delights
(nonetheless, still attracting some dynamic new christian converts
), the movement has morphed into today's backyard and grassroots environmental movement which is more and more a picture of hybridity, compromise, mixed-use, and ultimately, taking nature out of the walled islands of zoos, aquaria, national parks and other thick-walled institutions and offering a different kind of everyday "unmediated"
community experience with the new urban wilderness
Though their existance is a bit of a curiousity
, the fact that a population of parrots
exists in the wild
in southern New England isn't really news to anyone who visits this site
frequently. But the way a local power company is choosing to deal with them is making news in southern Connecticut.
The monk parakeet builds huge nests out of sticks and twigs, mostly in trees but sometimes on power poles. The large nests present a growing safety problem
, often leading to transformer fires and explosions. It was recently reported in both major southern CT newspapers that United Illuminating has begun a secret program
of dismantling nests
found on power poles and sending the birds to the government for eradication
. Previous programs in other states have ended the way this one appears headed
: eventually, the utility gives way to public pressure
and either leaves the nests intact or destroys the nests but not the birds themselves
a deceased, brilliant parrot whose owner recorded their regular conversations. The bird gives marital advice
, demands human intervention to defend his toys
, laughs to entertain
his human, and much more
. Imbedded audio in some links.
I, for one, welcome our new telepathic parrot overlords.
"The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour." This may be old news to some, since USA Today
wrote about the parrot a few years back. You can also check out the project's site
which features Real Audio of N'kisi talking, in which I can only assume he is plotting to overthrow humanity.