People versus Parrots: Endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoos and Urban Renewal

Residents of southwestern Australia, specifically Perth and there about, love the beautiful, funny, inquisitive, and iconic Carnaby’s black cockatoo. Nonetheless, it has been on the endangered species lists for decades now. That has not stopped the decline of the bird, dropping at an alarming rate of 15% per year. Loss of habitat for breeding, loss of food sources, and illegal wildlife trade all contribute to this sad situation. Continue reading “People versus Parrots: Endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoos and Urban Renewal”

Conservation and Controversy

We are used to seeing and hearing the phrase, “Fake News” in so many places these days. Anyone who refuses to accept facts against their own beliefs might resort to calling those facts fake. But to see that phrase come up in reference to a noted naturalist and his work to locate and preserve the hugely endangered Night Parrot hits a little too hard for bird lovers.

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Conservation: The Lost Bird Project

This may be old news to many of you. I recently was searching for a short documentary on birds to show at my bird club’s annual movie night. Not many documentaries are only 60 minutes long, although lots of great TV shows hit that mark. So I was happy to find a video that lasted only 58 minutes. And I looked into the subject matter. Continue reading “Conservation: The Lost Bird Project”

The Endangered Species Act in Danger

Forty-five years and a lot of success stories later, we could be seeing the end of the Endangered Species Act. At least, if the changes proposed are put into effect, we will see the end of the act’s usefulness to our wildlife and to humans as well. If you don’t accept climate change as a thing, you’re going to be surprised when the ocean rises, the storms get stronger, and life as we know it ceases to be. Continue reading “The Endangered Species Act in Danger”

A world without birds

Climate change will eventually be the killing blow to Planet Earth. We have switched from picturing a future of fiery devastation, like that in the Terminator movies, to a deluge of seas across all land masses, like that in Water World. I don’t believe it will happen in one stroke but in small steps. And one of those steps will be the loss of trees and habitats for birds. Continue reading “A world without birds”

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”