Saving Quaker Parakeets Saves Us

  From my new home region of Metro New York  a story went international about a stolen Quaker parakeet (also known as a monk parakeet).  The woman, Ana Marte, and the bird, Cuca, were in an elevator when a man, caught on video, snatched the bird and made off with her.   The robber was promptly […]

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National Bird Day 2013

National Bird Day 2013

Question:  What do you give a parrot who does not have even the basics of what they need to flourish? Answer:   A loving human being to adopt them and to bless their lives. In so doing, the humans that rescue and adopt birds are blessed with the tremendous gift of helping, caring, and loving.   […]

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City Parrots for Conservation

City Parrots for Conservation

In recent years I have developed the mantra, “Everything is on the table for parrot conservation.”  We are losing so many species, so quickly, as well as the habitats in which they live, that I believe we need to consider every option for keeping these birds on the planet in sustainable ways.  This does not […]

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Intimate Conversations About Aviculture and Free Flying Parrots

Intimate Conversations About Aviculture and Free Flying Parrots

In January I attended the Parrot Festival in Houston Texas. While there I heard a presentation by Rick Jordan, “The Future of Aviculture.”  He expressed views that if we lose the ability for people to own and breed birds in captivity, we will lose a great good for the people involved, and for conservation and […]

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Parrot Festival

Parrot Festival

This weekend I am the honored guest of the Parrot Festival, a learning and celebration conference in Houston every year organized by the National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation. There are a variety of people here: breeders of exotic birds, zoo keepers and veterinarians, government animal health and welfare officials, human companions of birds (first […]

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Parrots Count

I live in a region in the United States  where there are thousands of feral or naturalized parrots: Florida.  I mourn that the native parrot, the Carolina Parakeet, is long gone from here.  I have mixed thoughts of the presence of nonnative birds, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t delight when I hear a charming […]

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Compassion for Pigeons - Avitrol Discontinued

Compassion for Pigeons – Avitrol Discontinued

Last month, Avitrol closed its doors. This company produced Avitrol, a poison that was used to remove birds from industrial and urban sites. Pigeons were the primary target. Against them, Avitrol works as a slow-acting nerve agent and causes hyperexcitability, salivation, severe tremors, erratic flight, and convulsions. Birds may take up to two days to […]

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Wings around the World

Wings around the World

I am now back in the states after some 40 hours in transit coming home from Guatemala. While there I concentrated on the Yellow-Naped Amazon, known in-country as the Nuca Amarillo, or simply, el loro. From my last blog entry you can see that the numbers of these birds have dramatically decreased from 15 years […]

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Born to Flourish

Born to Flourish

A few blogs ago I wrote of how human beings were born to nourish. Wwe have an innate ability groomed by cultural influences that contribute to our capacity to care for wildlife.  What augments this ability to care for others is the relational bond we form with them. Sometimes, unbidden and unexpected love surfaces between […]

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