This email is in memorial to the Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) on 
the 100th anniversary, today 2/21/18, of its official extinction.  Since it 
doesn't get the acknowledgement it deserves as did the Passenger Pigeon on its 
anniversary, I wanted to at least say something in memorium.  
Not only is it my favorite bird, but it was an extraordinary species that was 
our only resident Psittacine and a unique and gorgeous animal.  What a wonder 
it must have been to have seen the huge flocks of thousands zipping through the 
trees of the great southern swamps back in the day.  Or to have them roosting 
under the eaves of your home, building, or shed for the evening.  I can only 
imagine how cool it was to see them at dusk flying to their roosts by the 
dozens into large cavities of sycamores, bald cypresses, and other giants of 
the time. 
Every time I see a remnant monstrous tree in the south I imagine how many 
parakeets might have been feeding on its fruits or roosting in one of its 
gnarled cavities.  When I see flocks of introduced Monk Parakeets in the 
northeast I pretend they are a flock of Carolina Parakeets, being around the 
same size and mostly the same color.  They occasionally appeared this far north 
as vagrants to the few who actually appreciated them for the wonderful birds 
they were.
When I go to a museum or see an article, photo, or book (the few that are out 
there), I snap it up to add to my collection of memorabilia of this parakeet.  
If only zoos back in the 19th century had tried to save them by breeding them 
in captivity, since they bred readily, we could most likely have had them 
coursing through our forests today.
May they rest in piece and nobody forget them,
Andrew        Andrew v. F. Block
Consulting Naturalist
20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629

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