The Audubon Nature of a Few Great Cities...
THE BIRD: Wild parrots
THE ISSUE:Â the liability of two rotting Monterey cyprussesÂ on Telegraph Hill
THE ADVOCATE: Mark Bittner, made the documentary & threw himself in front of the chainsaws
THE BIRD: The red-tailed hawk; specifically, Pale Male & Lola
THE ISSUE: Upward mobility; when PM decided to nest in an UESÂ building vs. a tree, it was kind of a big deal.
THE ADVOCATE: Mary Tyler Moore
THE BIRD: Grackles
THE ISSUE: Straight from the magnolia trees & into everyone's business
THE ADVOCATE: Gloria Roemer, a spokeswoman for Harris County Judge Robert Eckels. "If we leave them alone, they leave us alone."
THE BIRD: Chickens
THE ISSUE: They lived under the Vineland Ave. off-ramp on the 101. Discovered in the 70s, their ontology is murky; they became a commute staple until they were ousted by the Dept. of Animal Regulation and relocated to Simi Valley. Now they're more of an urban legend, though sightings persist.
THE ADVOCATE: Steve Harvey