Santiago Lacuth climbing a macaw nest tree in La Moskitia, Honduras

Seeing Wild Chicks in Nests Makes Me Very Happy!

Dr. LoraKim Joyner interviews Santiago Lacuth, an indigenous leader of the Miskito people and also co-director of the new Rescue and Research Center of Mabita. He reports that he feels very happy when he see that the birds are in their wild nests, and have not been poached.

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Great green macaw in Nicaragua

Parrot Pilgrimage 2015

Pilgrimages draw people who are interested in finding more meaning, more joy, and a deeper connection to life around them and in them. I will be taking people with me on a conservation trip to Nicaragua in April 2015, and it will be a parrot pilgramage. Please join me.

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Religious Leaders Called to Protect Elephants

The diameter of the awareness of the illegal trade in wildlife is increasing steadily beyond conservation circles.  I see hope in how the general public knows more thoroughly the costs of human desire on individuals, species, and habitats. For instance I reported in November about wildlife trafficking, highlighting the uptick of massacred elephants killed for […]

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Ivory and Irony

Ivory and Irony

As illegal wildlife trade increases around the world, governance and international organizations are directing more of their energy to this situation.  They are doing this not just for the benefit of biodiversity and to decrease extinction rates, but because what is good for the environment and other species is also good for humans.  Protecting natural […]

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The Living Legends of the Ancient Mayans

The legends of the Mayans are living today, and not just in fantastic stories made up about the end of the world in December 2012 when the Mayan calendar resets.  These legends persist against all odds as the Central American subspecies of scarlet macaw, Ara macao cyanoptera.  Currently there may only be about a couple […]

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Releasing Wildlife as a Spiritual Practice

Many people are involved in rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, such as after the Gulf Oil Spill a few years ago, and the current wave of shearwater rescues on Florida beaches.  This work can feel good for there is nothing like seeing a bird take wing after you have spent hours of your time offering […]

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Indian Religions Support Avian Conservation and Compassion

Indian Religions Support Avian Conservation and Compassion

  As both a minister and a wildlife veterinarian, I am always interested in the intersection between religion and conservation. Sometimes the connection is causal, in that religion can support conservation efforts, or hurt it. One of the greatest examples I know of this is the Jain Bird Hospitalin Delhi, India. The devotees of Jainism, […]

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