Conservation and Benefits

Almost as long as I have been alive, conservation has been a thing. Thanks to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, people who cared had their eyes open to the possible consequences of habitat loss, over-hunting and fishing, and use of pesticides that are detrimental to the health of our planet. Continue reading “Conservation and Benefits”


Who Can You Trust?

The last Sunday of each month, I like to blog about the state of avian conservation on Planet Earth. I’ve always respected the World Parrot Trust because of all the species they protect and defend. However, I stumbled upon a respected Aviculturist from Florida who vehemently rejects WPT as an honorable organization. Continue reading “Who Can You Trust?”

Citizen Scientists Impact Conservation

Some year I am going to think about Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count soon enough to join in. I know exactly where I will go, too. There’s a lake near me where birds are present in vast numbers this time of year. Counting them will be a challenge. This year is the 117th year for Audubon so I will jump in on the 118th next year. Continue reading “Citizen Scientists Impact Conservation”

2017 Year End Conservation Outlook

You probably read this blog because you have an emotional attachment to birds, maybe particularly to parrots of one species or another. That’s one of the first steps toward engaging people in conservation efforts. When you care about the last Spix macaw in the wild, you’ll look into helping in any way you can. Likewise, you will be sensitive to legislation enacted for or against conservation. Continue reading “2017 Year End Conservation Outlook”

Parrots in Danger

While Parrot Fun Zone is aimed at kids who love parrots, the explanation of endangered species is clear and covers most of the issues. Establishing a sense of the urgency in saving species of parrots in young people is a key part of helping the birds in the long run. Most of the conservationists and parrot breeders I have met started as kids with their passions. Continue reading “Parrots in Danger”

Conserve Habitats

Let us grant the benefit of the doubt to those people who believe things totally different than what we believe. We assume, therefore, the people cutting down the rain forests don’t see another way to make a living or build a road. The villagers who cut down palm trees for religious observances are devoted and believe this is the right thing to do. And the businesses that drain wetlands and put pipelines through delicate prairies are just doing their job.

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The Slope to Extinction

There’s a concept in futuristic and speculative fiction that we can take DNA samples of all the living animals on our planet, freeze them or otherwise preserve them, and at the time we find a new planet that is a veritable Garden of Eden, revive and release the Earth inhabitants to the new world. I can think of at least two movies and one book where this concept is key to the story. Continue reading “The Slope to Extinction”