Conservationists are People

Who do you think of when you think Conservationist? Maybe someone famous like Jacques Cousteau or someone unheard of like the many parrot caretakers around the world. No matter who comes to mind, they are all people and have real things happen in their lives. Continue reading “Conservationists are People”

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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”

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 “Celebrate Conservation Victories”

Keeping the Planet Healthy

Conservation International states that humans rely on nature. I believe this with my whole heart. And I know that it doesn’t take much to throw the balance of nature out of whack. Look at the past, when the pesticide known as DDT caused so much harm to important birds like eagles and condors. Let us learn from that past experience. Continue reading “Keeping the Planet Healthy”

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 “A Parrot’s Life”

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 “Twelve Days and Counting”