American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History – Knowing Our Past Gets Us All to the Future

Vigilance never dims for the cause of parrot conservation in Central America, although the intensity of efforts decrease after the vulnerable time of reproduction when chicks are susceptible to predation, human and non.  This gives conservationists a short chance to recover before gearing back up for the 2014 field season. Accordingly, the Guatemala scarlet macaw […]

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Compassionate Conservation - Based on the Needs of All

Compassionate Conservation – Based on the Needs of All

  I’ve always been crazy for birds, including when I was a young adult living in California.  Scrapping for every penny and working long hours, I still managed to get some inexpensive binoculars and an aged identification bird guide. With them I went bird watching every change I got, much of it in California’s Central […]

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A Jaguar’s Killing Price

April 28, 2011. While in Guatemala working with Scarlet Macaw conservation, I continue to be impressed how Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) works with the human dimensions of conservation. One way that they do this is by addressing the conflicts between jaguars and humans. As ranchers extend their land into the forests, their cattle come into […]

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Illegal Parrot Trade Decreasing in Mexico

Illegal Parrot Trade Decreasing in Mexico

It’s so wonderful to highlight positive conservation news here, such as a recent report describing the decreasing illegal poaching of parrots in Mexico. Mexico has 19 species of endangered parrots, with trapping posing a great threat to their survival. Defenders of Wildlife wrote an extensive report in 2007, a year where approximately 65,000- 75,000 parrots were […]

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Mesoamerican Psittacine Symposium

Mesoamerican Psittacine Symposium

Next week I am grateful to be attending the XIV Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation in San Jose, Costa Rica. There are many wonderful seminars, symposiums, and workshops offered. My goal in attending is to network with my colleagues so we can offer support to one another and invite synergistic creativity […]

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The Good News and the Bad News of Conservation

The Good News and the Bad News of Conservation

The bad news is that 26,000 vertebrates are “red listed” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The good news that delegates from almost 200 nations have been meeting at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Nagoya, Japan for eleven days to set targets to combat the […]

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Peace Park

“Back in the day” of early conservation, or at least early in my life time, conservationists didn’t seem to think much about the concerns of people. People were tools to conserve nonhuman animals – they were the means to an end. This thinking has not entirely left the scene, however, more and more we see […]

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