wild yellow-faced parrots termiteria

The Mysterious and Threatened Yellow-faced Parrot

Not much is known about the mysterious yellow-faced parrot in Paraguay, except that their populations are threatened. They are unusual in that they nest in termiteria, on the ground, and have unusual feather patterns and colors that seem to change as they age. We were awed as we sought to understand them.

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Black-hooded parakeet

Paraguayan Macaws in Peril

I know we are so often overwhelmed with dire news – climate change, extinction, loss of biodiversity, and refugees. I am aware of how today’s post is just one another in a long stream about the difficult situations for our world parrots, this time in Paraguay. I do believe we need to start with reality – of their situation, and of their beauty. From there, we can do wonders.

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Collared Aracari in Paraguay

Toasting Parrots Before They are Toast

Some say that grapes are the sweetest fruit of the vine, and I say that the vinaceous amazon parrot is about the most beautiful thing this earth grows. Grapes turned to wine means “infinite love” for Sufi poet Rumi. Indeed our love is infinite – let’s use it to keep these wine colored parrots flying free in Paraguay!

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The Interdependent Beneficence Games

The Interdependent Beneficence Games: Let’s not shoot the gulls to save the whales

Last week I wrote about the increased shooting of wolves in the western USA.  It would be a stretch to call this armed destruction a conservation method for the wolves’ benefit, or really for anyone else in the web of life other than humans   Unfortunately killing animals is a strategy often used in conservation […]

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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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Bolivian Bird Conservation

Bolivian Bird Conservation – Asociación Armonia

I recently became aware of a most amazing organization of bird conservationists in Bolivia, Asociacion Armonia.  They have multiple projects involving many bird species, including the Blue-throated Macaw, the Horned Curassow, the Titiccaca Flightless Grebe, and the Bolivian Spinetail. They also develop field guides, support parks, and have a conservation center.  I believe much of […]

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On Permits, People, Penguins, and Parrots – An Update from the Penguin Whisperer

Perhaps you think that conservation work is all about sitting in a forest watching rainbow color birds fly by in a pristine habitat or a line of penguins jumping into the surf. If it were only so… Over the last several months I have written three blogs on the work of Dr. Dee Boersma, long […]

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, Bungalows for Birds, and Pads for Penguins

One of the primary needs that most species share is protection and space – for living, for breeding, and for growing.   Because some fall short of having their basic needs met, others come to their aid.  In the case of humans helping humans, we have Habitat for Humanity where groups of people build and donate […]

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Galapagos Hawks

Galapagos Hawks

Okay, how many of you all know that the just like Darwin’s finches, Galapagos Hawks (Buteo galapagoensis) have evolved into phenotypically different populations based on which island they live. For instance, some island populations are 80% bigger than others! What a treasure these birds are along with the rest of the flora and fauna of […]

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Penguin Toss

Penguin Toss

Recent news reveals to the world that penguins are dying.   In the past 10 days 556 penguins have washed up dead on Brazilian beaches.    Their empty stomachs point to starvation as a cause with cold water and possibly overfishing contributing.  Penguins dying and negatively impacted by humans though is not new.  In the 1980’s […]

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