Parrots Not Going Gentle into the Night

Parrots Not Going Gentle into the Night

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they […]

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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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It Takes A Village to Save a Forest

Last week I spoke about how a small group of people in Honduras were standing up for their rights and the well being of their lands and the birds that fly over them.  They are doing so at their own peril, with no guarantee that their risks will pay off.  They have had moderate success […]

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Earth Hour

Earth Hour 24/7

Okay, I blew it this year. Nowhere on my radar screen was Earth Hour 2012 on Saturday, March 31st.    Was it on yours?  For whatever reason, we messed a global celebration that was quite the party or gathering in various locales.  On this night, people in 150 countries and 6494 towns or cities showed their support […]

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Feather Your Own Nest with Conservation!

  Economic reform is in all the news including the Occupy Movement, the USA Republican Presidential Candidate race, President Obama’s State of Union Address last night, and recent Supreme Court decisions that allow for unlimited campaign financing through the formation of Super PACs.  Just this past week here in Gainesville, Florida, Cornell West gave a speech as […]

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Over Five Hundred Parrots Confiscated in Brazil

Over Five Hundred Parrots Confiscated in Brazil

  Parrots International just let me know that in Brazil 517 parrots were recently confiscated on September 25, 2011 from illegal trappers and traders. They had been found beneath a truck’s cargo in Pernambuco State, Brazil.  They are now in the capable hands of ECO.  The birds are Amazon and Pionus parrots. Though ECO knows […]

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National Eagles Herald Hope

National Eagles Herald Hope

The Golden Eagle is not considered threatened, except in certain geographic areas where it is experiencing declining numbers, extinction from certain habitats, or tenuously recovering populations.  One such area is in Mexico, where the bird has increased from 45 reproducing pairs in the 20th century to 70 at present.  Environmental Minister Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada […]

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Trapping Animals with Cameras

Trapping Animals with Cameras

For centuries scientists, biologists, conservationists, and artists have trapped animals so that they could study them or render their likeliness onto canvas.  Often times harm resulted to the animals, especially in the case when animals were purposely killed for skin collections.  The evidence of this method of studying animals consists of feathered, furred, and finned […]

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Hope is the Thing Without Flight

Hope is the Thing Without Flight

Hope in conservation comes from many resources.  In the case of New Zealand avian conservation it comes from a bird who cannot fly, the Kiwi.  Usually it is the characteristic of flight that raises the human spirit, signifying perhaps freedom, liberation, and joyful activity.  So much do our kind identify with flying birds, we have […]

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Real Hope for the Snow Leopard

Real Hope for the Snow Leopard

In December 2010 I wrote about the efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Afghanistan where they work to preserve not just the birds there, but also the Ibex, the Marco Polo Sheep, and the Snow Leopard.  They are having success with the Snow Leopard, much more than my spouse who updated his Mac […]

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Adopt a Nest to Help

Adopt a Nest to Help Families of Scarlet Macaws and Indigenous People Survive

Puerto Lempira, Honduras:  June 7, 2011 I begin this series of blogs reporting on the field conservation work this year in Honduras with the events of our last day in the field.  The full version of the story tells of loss and beauty, but today I want to speak to you of hope and offer […]

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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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Tree Planting Record

This is a week of good conservation news. Today we celebrate with others around the world a record planting of trees. In the Philippines, 64,000 trees were planted in 15 minutes by 7000 people!  This is part of an effort to plant a total of 12 million trees because  logging and grazing causes Philippine forests […]

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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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Harpy Eagle Belies Wonder and Success in Belize

Often on this site I write of conservation situations which may strike you as despairing and whose solutions seem overwhelmingly complex. Let me therefore offer some good news!  In Belize Harpy Eagles have been seen nesting in 2008 and in 2010. This is the first time the birds have been seen in over 60 years in […]

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Bipolar Bird Poop Heals and Harms

In the last few month two reports surfaced noting in one case the harmful impact of bird feces, and in the other, its beneficial aspects. On the one hand, Spain has an ancient and dwindling cork oak forest where bird poop is harming the trees. “Over the last 40 years scientists had noticed that trees […]

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Sultans Sheikhs and the Houbara Bustard

Sultans, Sheikhs, and the Houbara Bustard: Politics and Polarity in Conservation – Part 1.

I am always amazed about the polarity seen in conservation practices as they range across nations, cultures, and even individuals. One country might be “saving” a species, decimating it, or both. Recent news articles depict these seemingly contradictory actions. For instance, a recent account reported that the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and […]

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Hope for Sea Turtles

Hope for Sea Turtles – How You Can Help

After running the blog last week on Oscar Aranda and his turtle protection organization (Western Ecological Society) I contacted him to find out more about him and his work. LoraKim:  What might my readers do for Mexico and her turtle species? Oscar:   “I think any help is welcome. Of course a little donation can make […]

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