Wordless Wednesday: Monk Parakeets in Snow

(Photo: Michael Howell)

(Photo: Michael Howell)

Originally brought to the Midwest from South America as captive birds in the late 1970s, over the years a number of Monk Parakeets have escaped captivity and established a thriving colony in Chicago. These subtropical birds remain in Chicago all year round, relying on their haystack-like nests and bird feeders maintained by their human neighbors to see them through our bitterly cold winters.  Four of them live in the trees behind our condo. I was deeply relieved to see them still going strong after the recent polar vortex.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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