Authorities Move to Eliminate an Invader, But Supporters Rally to Its Defense.
Entries in Myiopsitta monachus - Monk Parakeet (81)
From a nearly seven-foot ostrich skeleton to tiny hummingbirds, birds are one of strengths of the Bruce Museum's natural history collection. Most are housed securely in a compact, climate-controlled area of the museum's basement, awaiting their turn to become part of an exhibition, research project, educational program or loan to another institution. Some species have come from the tropics, Asia and Africa, but most are common birds of New England; however, a few are very rare.
For the love of a pet bird named Gizmo, a Youngwood woman is suing the state, claiming Game Commission officials appeared on her doorstep and seized the 26-year-old Monk parakeet, leaving her with an empty cage and a broken heart.