Mabita Research Station, Honduras during June 1014

May Nothing Evil Cross this Door

A house constructed by parrot conservationists in Honduras builds hope for those near and far. Come celebrate the grand opening of this house by viewing these pictures with the words of the song, “May Nothing Evil Cross This Door.”

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Speaker Preaches Human-wildlife Connections

Speaker Preaches Human-Wildlife Connections

I am the guest tomorrow and for the next few days of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Champaign.  My trip is made possible by funding from Lafeber Company and the efforts of Dr. Julia Whittington, Director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic and Clinical Associate Professor in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  […]

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Poached Eggs

Poached Eggs

Working with the Yellow-naped Amazon in the 1990’s in Guatemala I estimated that every year 10,000 individuals were illegally poached for the wildlife trade.  Even with so many birds for the taking, the competition between poachers to claim the prize of a nest of parrot chicks was intense in areas.  With the easy trees so […]

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Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic

Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic – You can help build it, and they will come!

When I was in Belize in September I was the guest of the Belize Wildlife Conservation Network. I was able to work with them largely through the vision of Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand. While visiting with her she told me of her plans to build the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic. She explained that for not […]

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Conservation and Trans-species Relationships

Conservation and Trans-species Relationships: Welfare Insights from the Field

Seattle, Washington, USA:  August 11, 2011 I am currently reading “Jung and the Parrot: Facts,  Interpretations, and Connections“  by Phoebe Linden in the “Minding the Animal Psyche” (Spring, Volume 83, 2010).  She writes about relationships between humans and parrots in terms of trans-species psychology where humans and nonhuman animals are “kin under the skin.”  In […]

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Scarlet Macaw Conservation Medicine

Scarlet Macaw Conservation Medicine – Blood Sampling in the Field

Tune into Lafeber Conservation and Wildlife Medicine Youtube Channel to see our latest video. In this 17 minute clip you can see us walking through Mayan ruins to a wild nest, see adult macaws in their nest and flying around it, watch project veterinarians examine a wild chick and perform venipuncture, and see how to […]

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Getting into High Gear in Honduras

Getting into High Gear in Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras: May 25, 2011 For months, we have been planning, writing, and Skyping, and now we are going into high gear for our field season here with the parrots of Honduras. The extent of our goals for this conservation effort is reflected in the load of gear with which I arrive. >We will teach […]

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Macaws In The Blood

Macaws In The Blood

In the last three weeks I have been working with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala to see what’s in the blood of the wild Scarlet Macaws. Specifically we collected blood samples from the chicks in the nests so we could conduct blood parasite, genetic, serum biochemistry, and hematology exams. The purpose of this work […]

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Multimedia in Conservation

Multimedia in Conservation – Filming in Guatemala

I am in Guatemala to work with the Scarlet Macaws in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve on a health and genetic assessment study of the wild macaw chicks. This work is possible due to gracious and generous donations from Lafeber Company as well as the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, and the American Museum of Natural History. […]

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Who’s Shooting Whooping Cranes?

I am visiting the University of Georgia, Athens where I gave a lecture on the human dimensions of avian conservation to students of the College of Veterinary Medicine. This was a dinner, lecture, and discussion sponsored by the Lafeber Company and organized by their representative, Erika  Elmore,  a junior student.  Members of all 4 classes […]

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Supplemental Feeding of Wild Macaws

Supplemental Feeding of Wild Macaws

Video Teaching Supplemental Feeding (Part 1 of 4) Lafeber Conservation and Wildlife is dedicated to nourishing animals and their worlds near and far. We do this in many ways. Sometimes, we do it very directly, such as providing nutritional support for species in conservation projects, which we did in April and May of 2010. In […]

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Wild Scarlet Macaw Chick and Nest Health

Wild Scarlet Macaw Chick and Nest Health

Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala Efforts to conserve the Scarlet Macaw in Guatemala by the Wildlife Conservation Society include knowing limiting factors that impact the health of chicks in their nests.  The more we know, the greater our chances to employ intervention or protecting strategies to save the birds.  For instance, macaw chicks frequently have external […]

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Born to Nourish

Born to Nourish

Recently I read in the books, Conservation Psychology and Why Care About Wildlife, that humans have an evolved ability to focus on caring for wildlife or animals in captivity.  For instance, it is difficult to get people to refrain from feeding animals at zoos, in the backyard, or at parks.  People are so attuned to […]

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