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.
I have been ringing the bell for parrot conservation over and over but now I want to look at smaller birds, the ones who are a joy in the aviary but might be overlooked in the wild. No matter how small, these birds usually eat some insects which is an important service to an ungrateful world. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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