Parrots in Need

Recent studies have shown that parrots are among the most endangered species on our planet. They have intelligence, the ability to talk, the tendency to bond closely to people, and a colorful appearance that attracts and pleases the eye. People love parrots. And so they are sought as pets, as study subjects, and zoo residents, and as feather decorations. Some tribes in the Amazon and Africa also eat parrots because there are no Qwik Marts available. We need to draw a line between our “civilized” reactions and the culture and traditions of other peoples. Continue reading “Parrots in Need”

Measurable Outcomes

I am a dedicated recycler. Bottles, cans, paper, plastic, cardboard, even some organic wastes like grass and branches. I’m not perfect, it’s not a complete process at my house, but I still like the idea that I am helping out with the environment and the endangered wildlife in the world. I thought it was time to take a look at how that is going. Continue reading “Measurable Outcomes”

When Did We Stop?

There was a time in human history when we revered the earth and all that thrived on her surface. Cultures worshiped her as the source of creation. Gaia lived in our hearts as the mother, the giver of life, who created us and sustains us. While that’s not currently a popular faith, it is mostly true. Without the earth, without air, fresh water, plants, trees, animals, birds, fish, and places to build shelter, we will cease to exist. Continue reading “When Did We Stop?”

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”