Bird invasion threatens Waikele community
Lou Jones is the treasurer on the board of directors of "The Fairway Villages at Waikele," the 240-unit community of townhouses where he has lived for four years.
"We take care of each other. It stays beautiful and green, and I'm really into the green trees. That's what attracted me when I bought this house was the trees," said Jones.
However, since Jones moved here, a colony of a ring-necked parakeets or rose-ringed parakeets that was about 100-strong four years ago has turned into over one thousand.
Every night, they roost in the palm trees lining the community's main entrance. However, the noise is the least of this community's worries.
According to Jones, the toxic, acidic droppings of these birds concentrated in one areas burned right through their mailboxes and decimated six palm trees. Jones says the community has spent over $140,000 dealing with the damage these birds cause.
There are also potential health risks.
"The droppings are going in their backyards and there's pets in there, that stuff is dangerous, when it dries it makes a dust and that's a known problem for your respiratory system," Jones explains.
Jones says his board of directors has contact both the Hawaii Department of Health and Department of Agriculture, who referred them to the O'ahu Invasive Species Committee.
According to Jones, they were told to shoot the birds, and the Committee will not address the birds' presence until more complaints are filed.