Category Archives: conservation

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

Bird Shows for Conservation

Often when I talk about my birds and the fun I have with them, I get those people who think I am a horrible person. Birds, they tell me, belong out in the wild, able to fly and mate and raise young. I gently withdraw from talking to those people. We can’t even agree to disagree. They are just, plain wrong. Continue reading

Celebrate Conservation Victories

Good news is hard to come by in the world of parrot conservation. I believe we need to keep our spirits high and our thoughts positive so we may help more birds around the world. While some people can be urged to take action when notified of the dire situations many parrots are in, others do better with positive results that show change is possible. Continue reading

A Parrot’s Life

Baby cockatoos who have just been weaned after hand feeding are the sweetest and most beautiful pets you could ever imagine. The silky white feathers, the expressive crest with a splash of color, and the huge eyes appeal to most human hearts. Cockatoos are love sponges, sucking in as much attention as you can dish out. They want to be with their people, often with one special person, day in and day out. Continue reading

Twelve Days and Counting

Today is the First Day of Christmas. As an amateur history scholar, I am frustrated when the general public talks about the Twelve Days of Christmas without knowing anything about it. You see, once upon a time, the actual day of December 25 (not getting into changing calendars and other beliefs that were oppressed by the use of their holidays for Christian ones) was observed as a religious day. A day of prayer and midnight Mass. A day of thinking of ways to help those less privileged. Continue reading