Know Butts About It (It = Cigarette Litter in Bird Nests)

We often hear the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished” to indicate the irony that occurs when negative results occur after an action meant to bring about benefit.  Similarly, but less frequently expressed, is: “No bad deed goes unrewarded.” The “bad deed” I am  contemplating today is smoking, and a subsequent, but unnecessary harm, the […]

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Kneed for Need

Kneed for Need

Often when working in bird conservation we perform invasive or manipulatory techniques.  To identify individuals we place wing tags or bands, mark or cut feathers, insert microchips, and apply tattoos.  We also place radio telemetry collars around their necks, and satellite transmitters in their abdomen.  To understand their health we temporarily catch the birds, examine […]

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Owl Ethics – Spotted Owl versus Barred Owl

The northern spotted owl is in the news again, this time as linked to the death of 1200-1500 barred owls. This summer, the USFWS may release in an environemental impact statement their reccomendation to kill barred owls. This is in response to the increasing range of the native barred owl who pushes out the the […]

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Flocking Behavior in Toledo Ohio

Flocking Behavior in Toledo Ohio

Who would have thought that Toledo would be a center of understanding flocking behavior in parrots?  First I was exposed to the human/bird flock in the Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center this week.  As part of my fresher course in avian medicine, Dr. Susan Orosz then took me to see Nancy Sloan Burke and […]

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Rescuing Birds is Useful

Rescuing Birds is Useful

Photo by International Bird Rescue and Research Center – May, 2010 In the Gainesville Sun on June 11,  this headline read:  Scientists:  Rescuing Birds is Useless. As a scientist, bird veterinarian, minister, and a consultant in the human dimensions of conservation and wildlife, I found myself grateful that the ethical issues of bird rescue made […]

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