Volcanoes and Birds of the Air

Over the past year, volcanoes have erupted in areas where many species of birds were already endangered. Hawaii is one of the most fragile of ecosystems and Guatemala is full of rainforests. The Big Island has had one of the most awe-inspiring eruptions of modern times. El Fuego devastated a number of small villages on the slopes of its mountain. The two volcanoes have different underlying conditions, making their eruptions different. One is much more deadly. Continue reading “Volcanoes and Birds of the Air”

Weeds Have Their Place

In August of 2018, Monsanto, make of herbicide Roundup and splicer of genes in many grains lost a lawsuit over the popular weed killer. A court ruled that the man who brought the suit forward had contracted cancer due to constant use at his place of employment of “harmless” Roundup. The chemical glyphosate has now been linked to court documents worth of cancers and other serious illnesses. Continue reading “Weeds Have Their Place”

A World Without Clean Water

Most of us are aware of all the unsightly plastic garbage being thrown or washed into the oceans. Milk jugs, bags, straws, these are just a few of the discards we humans send off to the deep blue. These items end up in the stomachs of many sea creatures, many birds, and all fish. We are taking baby steps to correct and reverse these things, but it may be too late. We’ve lost the attention of our politicians and seem to be on the path to destruction. Continue reading “A World Without Clean Water”

Wetlands Conservation is Important

I have a pair of beautiful red-rumped grass parrots. These small hookbills originate in Australia and are especially found in the Western Australian area known as the Murray-Darling economic. As a result, my pair is named Murray and Darling. They are young and didn’t mate successfully this past spring. I have high hopes for next year. Continue reading “Wetlands Conservation is Important”

Memorial Conservation

What does your lawn and garden have to do with conservation of parrots? The thing they have in common is the need for water. There are lots of ways to save water at home, you have no doubt heard many of them. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, don’t run dishwashers or clothes washers unless they are full, and check regularly for leaky pipes. Continue reading “Memorial Conservation”