Parrot sanctuary to fly the coop
A unique parrot sanctuary has decided to leave the Roaring Fork Valley rather than continue its struggle for land-use approvals from Eagle and Pitkin counties.Gabriel Foundation founder and president Julie Murad decided the cages required to reduce noise to acceptable levels for neighbors and Eagle County officials were unacceptable for the birds she shelters, according to Terrell Knight, a land-use planner working for the foundation.Murad is looking for an alternative site in Colorado or elsewhere in the United States to relocate the aviary. “She is committed to the Gabriel Foundation and the birds,” Knight said.
Eagle County planner Cliff Simonton said the Gabriel Foundation withdrew its application for construction of a new 4,800-square-foot aviary and to legalize some of its existing facilities at 2101 Emma Road earlier this summer. Attorneys for the foundation and county are working on a settlement that would give the foundation a set amount of time to vacate its facilities.The foundation is located on land that is divided between Pitkin and Eagle counties. Both counties cited the foundation for operating facilities that weren’t permitted at the site.Murad was hounded by neighbors who complained the parrots were a nuisance when they were taken to outdoor cages in warm weather. They claimed the noise dropped the value of their property.
But the sanctuary also had hundreds of supporters who praised its mission of adopting abandoned birds and either placing them for adoption or caring for them long term. Few other facilities of the type exist in the world.No agreement has been approved yet, but the sanctuary likely will have until sometime early in 2005 to vacate, according to Simonton.The Gabriel Foundation was originally located at a former veterinary clinic at Gerbazdale but was ordered off the site by Pitkin County in the late 1990s. Murad bought a home and land in Emma and relocated there in 1999. She was cited again for land-use violations by both counties in June 2003.
Murad was trying to legalize the operation on the Eagle County portion of her property, but hearings with the planning commission and county commissioners proved she would have to take extensive steps to try to limit the noise from the parrots.”I’m extremely disappointed they didn’t work out a solution because I think one was there,” said Knight.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is email@example.com
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center has contributed to the state’s avalanche center for several years to help with forecasting for backcountry visitors. It cannot hold in-person fundraisers this year so its asking supporters to sign up for an annual membership.