Makes Monk (Quaker) parakeets, protected birds.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to making monk (Quaker) parakeets protected birds
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would protect Monk (Quaker) parakeets, enabling nest sites to not be disturbed intentionally without permit should the nest site be a matter of imminent threat to public safety.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: An amendment is made-to paragraph A of subdivision 5 of section 11-0103 of the Environmental conservation Law, as amended by chapter 47 of the laws of 1976, to read that Monk (Quaker) parakeets are to be protected in New York state.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, wild Quaker parakeets (a/k/a Monk Parakeets, species Myiopsitta monachus), are unprotected in New York state. As these highly intelligent birds have resided in the New York city area for some forty years, it is requested that they be placed in "protected" status by amending the New York state Environmental Conservation Laws. protected status allows for the removal of nest sites through the issuance of permits.
Quaker parakeets are not harmful to the environment, have not displaced and been a threat to any native species, and have not been proven to cause damage to any public utilities. Although they are considered pests by some because of the nature of their nest building, they are often trapped and euthanized as pests by exterminators.
In addition, since some of these wild birds may have been adopted as pets and are thus domesticated, they shall be excluded as an illegal species within their household.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.4131 - Referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1255 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. ADDABBO, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to making monk (Quaker) parakeets protected birds THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 5 of section 11-0103 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 47 of the laws of 1976, is amended to read as follows: a. "Unprotected wild birds" means the English sparrow and starling, and also includes pigeons and psittacine birds, EXCEPT FOR MONK (QUAKER) PARAKEETS, existing in a wild state, not domesticated. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01387-01-1