http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0406140216jun14,1,6508490.story?coll=chi-news-hed
For more than 20 years a towering ash tree in Harold Washington Park was home to a flock of bright ... repaired and moved nests that had been home to 50 young parakeets to another tree further north in the park.

Way to go Chicago!!
that had been home to 50 young parakeets to another tree further north in the park.

Way to go Chicago!!

That's surprising to me. What's even more surprising is that the birds can tolerate the winters in Chicago.
On a side note, there has been rumour of a couple of Quaker nests in the western suburbs of Chicago: Elmhurst and Schaumburg.

I live in Elmhurst and have looked where the nest was supposed to be, but have not found it. Supposedly others have seen it, but perhaps their description of where it's located isn't accurate.

Claudia Engel (no emails please)
Way to go Chicago!!

That's surprising to me. What's even more surprising is that the birdscan tolerate the winters in Chicago. On a side ... others have seen it, but perhaps their description of where it's located isn't accurate. Claudia Engel (no emails please)

I'm surprised they would go to that much effort to try to save birds non native like that. As to weather the birds are very hardy, which is why some states no longer allow people to own them. I know a while back one state was trapping and killing them, and I think it was Michigan. I know people from that state have reported seeing them there.

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in the park.

That is the reason for my kudos to the city, three depts to rescue the birds nest.
The late Harold Washington was a former mayor of Chicago, who intervened when they were to be destroyed, many years ago. Carol Stream is about
25 miles due west of Chicago, about the same as Schaumburg which is NW.

quoting from the article:
"(The nests) were huge, probably 5 or 6 feet long," ... birds. "There were entrance holeseverywhere, and they built stable platforms."

I guess the way they build their nests is one of the big problems with them. They are huge, the nests look like something an eagle would build, and I guess in some places they have caused a fire and power outage by shorting out lines on a pole. They are neat birds, would love to see some take up residence here, they would be fun to feed and watch.
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Saturday helped everywhere, and they I guess the way they build their nests is one of the big problems withthem. ... are neat birds, would love to see some take up residence here, they would be fun to feed and watch.

We have them all over the place down in South FL. I may be crazy but I wish they would build a Quaker nest in one of the trees in my yard.

Cracks me up to see my two Quakers go nuts when hearing a flock flying outside.
I'm surprised they would go to that much effort to try to save birdsnon native like that. As to weather ... to own them. I know a while back onestate was trapping and killing them, and I think it was Michigan.

On one of the Quaker websites, Pennsylvania is listed as a state where they are not only illegal to own or sell, but will be confiscated and euthanized. I saw a picture of one on my vet's bulletin board and suggested to the receptionist that they remove the picture, before someone witch-hunting sees it, and someone loses a beloved pet. Stupid, IMO, to single-out the Quaker, as I believe any small hookbill could acclimate and eventually colonize.

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On one of the Quaker websites, Pennsylvania is listed as a state where they are not only illegal to own ... sex, food and sports if they invent a refrigerator with a wide-screen tv and a vagina, we're all doomed." **

When it comes to "Bureaucrats" nothing they do has to "make sense" or have any "logic". Some pin head comes up with some crap like that and after that it's "policy".

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We have them all over the place down in South FL. I may be crazy but Iwish they would build ... trees in my yard. Cracks me up to see my two Quakers go nuts when hearing a flock flying outside.

John if the tree is high enough, and you can get up in it some how, you may be able to build some kind of platform out of plywood. If you could it may attract a nest. They do the same thing in some places for Eagles.
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