[法律英语]法律英语天天学(20):美国得州试图阻止长尾小鹦鹉筑巢为患

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Texas Utility Tries to Foil Parakeet Nests
  By JULIA GLICK Associated Press Writer
  得克萨斯州试图阻止长尾小鹦鹉筑巢为患
  美联社记者,朱丽叶·格里克
  
  (AP) - DALLAS-Frustrated by parakeets that tirelessly build huge nests on electrical equipment, power companies have tried about everything to stop the cute green birds. They've used chemical repellents, lasers and fake predators, and even killed some, to the outrage of bird lovers.
  [美联社] 达拉斯,得克萨斯州——被那些不知疲倦地在电气设备上筑巢的长尾小鹦鹉所挫败的电力公司,已经采取一切办法试图阻止这种可爱的小鸟为患。他们曾用过化学驱虫剂、激光和假的天敌来驱赶它们,甚至还捕杀过一些,这引起了爱鸟人士的愤慨。
  Now a Texas utility is trying a different approach, building a 40-foot platform near electrical towers to lure monk parakeets away from sensitive equipment. TXU Electric Delivery hopes other companies can eventually adopt the idea, but so far the parakeets refuse to leave their original digs.
  现在得克萨斯州一家电力公司正在尝试一种不同的方法,即在电气塔楼附近建设一个40英尺的平台以引诱和尚鹦鹉远离灵敏的电气设备。得州电力输送公司(TXU Electric Delivery)希望别的公司最终也能采用这个方案,但是迄今为止,这些长尾小鹦鹉拒绝离开它们原来的巢窝。
  "They have trees all around them, and now the platform, and yet they prefer the (electrical) switches," spokeswoman Carol Peters said recently as about 40 lime-green birds chatted loudly and ignored the new nesting area.
  “尽管它们周围有树木,现在还有新建的平台,但是它们还是比较喜欢原来的电气开关。”发言人卡罗尔·彼得斯最近说,大约有40只橙绿色的鸟在唧唧喳喳,并对新的筑巢区域一点也不感兴趣。
  Workers even placed twigs on the platform, but the birds carried the nesting materials back to their old homes.
  工人甚至在平台上摆放了小树枝,但是这些鸟却将这些筑巢的材料统统带到了原来的巢里。
  In Connecticut, the nests have caused as many as 12 power outages and four fires since 1998, said Al Carbone, a spokesman for the power company United Illuminating. Last year, the utility handed about 190 captured birds over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be euthanized.
  在康涅狄格州,自1998年以来,这些鸟巢引发了12次停电和4次火灾,联合照明电力公司发言人艾尔·卡蚌说。去年电力公司将190只鸟送交美国农业部实行安乐死。
  Experts believe the tenacious monk parakeet, a small parrot from South America, entered the U.S. when some birds escaped from shipping crates, probably in the 1960s.
  专家认为,顽强的和尚鹦鹉(monk parakeet)——从南美来的一种小鹦鹉——大约在20世纪60年代进入美国,当时一些鸟逃离了海运的柳条箱。
  Many states now consider them an invasive species and prohibit people from feeding or caring for the creatures. Colonies have also been found in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, Washington and Louisiana, as well as in Canada.
  许多州现在认为其是入侵物种,并禁止人们饲养、照料这样鸟儿。这些的鸟儿殖民地已经扩张到了伊利诺伊斯州、纽约州、新泽西州、佛罗里达州、弗吉尼亚州、华盛顿州和路易斯安那州,甚至加拿大。
  No one knows for certain why they like to nest at electrical substations and in utility poles. The nests can grow as big as a small car and include multiple compartments for large flocks, said Mattie Sue Athan, a parrot behavior consultant who has written several books on the birds.
  无人能够确切地知道它们为什么喜欢在变电站和电线杆上筑巢。这些鸟巢现在变得有小汽车那么大,而且数量也越来越多。一位写有几本关于这些鸟的著作的鹦鹉行为顾问马荑·休·安珊说。
  But the birds have achieved a loyal following of fans who admire their cleverness and the splash of tropical color they bring to urban areas. Bird watchers in Edgewater, N.J., market T-shirts, calendars and other parakeet merchandise, and a New York man leads tours of their Brooklyn nesting grounds.
  但是这些鸟获得了这些人的衷爱,他们喜欢其机灵聪明和为城区带来的美丽的热带色彩。新泽西州艾奇沃特的鸟类观察人员销售条纹长尾小鹦鹉、日历长尾小鹦鹉和其他长尾小鹦鹉,另一个纽约州人绕着布鲁克林区的鸟巢旅游。
  "It is hard to argue with cute, and they are cute and smart and appealing birds," Peters said. "But they are nesting in equipment that provides an essential service."
  “很难责备这些鸟,它们是如此的可爱、聪明、惹人喜爱。”彼得斯说,“但是它们安在电气设备上的巢为我们提供了精美的服务。”
  
  2006-05-05T01:09:12Z
  
  
  译者注:
  (1)parakeet:长尾小鹦鹉
  parakeet(长尾小鹦鹉)是一种分布极广的小鹦鹉的通名,其原产印度尼西亚——马来区域,是一种很受喜爱的玩赏鸟类。它有着长而尖的尾巴。在动物分类上属于脊索动物门、脊椎动物亚门。
  (2)power outage:停电
  outage的意思是(水、电、燃气的)断供期。如:There will be a power outage from 2-4 pm tomorrow.
  
  

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