Interview with Steven Zalloughi, Con Edison/ Environmental Field Manager, NYC
The problem: Endangered monk parakeets like to call electric utility transformers home. The transformers are high and warm, and the parakeets make their nests on them and lay their eggs. The nesting material creates a fire hazard, which is bad for both people and the birds. The birds also chew the insulation off the electrical wires, which can cause shocks, short circuits, and fires. Mr. Steven Zalloughi is in charge of rescuing the birds when their nests get out of hand. It's a dangerous job, because the parent birds are very protective of their nests.
What kinds of things do you do to help the birds?
The local parrot society assists us in locating and rescuing the birds, and many are adopted out.
How long have you been helping the birds?
Thanks. It's good to know that utility companies have wildlife specialists to help protect the environment.