[CT Birds] Monk Parakeet Nest Survey
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Mon Nov 19 16:06:39 EST 2012
Kevin included a link to his website which has a lot of information. Below is what he listed
1. To identify and quantify critical aspects of the Monk Parakeet's nest construction process on utility poles to inform the concept and design of a nesting exclusion device.
2. To develop and test a non-lethal and cost-effective exclusion device that successfully prevents the Monk Parakeet from nesting on utility poles.
3. To analyze past and present nesting trends with regard to habitat preferences, in order to create a predictive model of potential Monk Parakeet range expansion in Connecticut, which may be applied in other states and countries.
Good luck with your research. I will add sightings as I see them. It did seem quiet around the area of the Lordship seawall last time I went by that way. Normally they made a lot of noise in that area.
--- On Mon, 11/19/12, Michael Richardson <michael_s_richardson at hotmail.com> wrote:
From: Michael Richardson <michael_s_richardson at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Monk Parakeet Nest Survey
To: kevin.burgio at gmail.com, ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Date: Monday, November 19, 2012, 3:06 PM
I think it would be helpful for you to perhaps explain the intent of your research, and if, for example, you intend to make this information publicly available. A number of people in this state want to see them eradicated due to the problems of their nest and their noisy callings. Personally, I wouldn't want to contribute towards that goal. Even if that isn't the intent of your research, such information posted online could easily make their eradication a reality.
> Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:59:48 -0500
> From: kevin.burgio at gmail.com
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Monk Parakeet Nest Survey
> CT Birders,
> As you may (or may not) know, I am a UConn Ph.D. student in the in the
> ornithology lab where I study Monk Parakeets. Currently, I am working on a
> project that aims to categorize the distribution of Monk Parakeets within
> Connecticut. To do this, I need to find as many of their active nests as
> possible this winter and I am hoping the birding community can help point
> me in the right direction.
> The reason I am writing is that it would be extremely helpful if anyone
> with knowledge of the location of any active Monk Parakeet nests could
> share it with me, either through email (kevin.burgio at gmail.com) or through
> my website: http://www.eeb.uconn.edu/people/burgio/report-sighting.htm .
> While any information you could share with me would be much appreciated, if
> you could let me know the following about each nest (to the best of your
> knowledge): precise location (street address, GPS, or a detailed
> description), approximate age (if known), if currently active (presence of
> Monks, active building, etc.), and nesting substrate (tree, utility pole,
> etc.). I am interested in historic nests, however, I am focused primarily
> on nests you've seen in the past few months or ones you know still exist.
> Thank you all in advance!
> Kevin - Hamden
> Kevin Burgio (CV)<http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/b/bb/Burgio_CV2.pdf>
> Ph.D. Student
> NSF Graduate Research Fellow
> University of Connecticut
> Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dept
> U-3043 75 No. Eagleville Road
> Storrs, CT 06269-3043
> kevin.burgio at uconn.edu
> (860) 486-3839
> Monk Parakeet Research Website <http://www.eeb.uconn.edu/people/burgio>
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