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”

New Zealand’s Parrots

A friend of mine is moving to New Zealand soon because her husband landed a prime job there. I told her I would be sending her a list of birds I wanted. Of course, it’s not legal to export birds out of the lands down under; they have enough issues with introduced predators and disappearing habitat without the pet trade making things worse. Continue reading “New Zealand’s Parrots”

The World For Parrots

Fewer parrots every day are able to live in their original homelands. The declining numbers make most of us aviculturists heartsick. Yet aviculture is one of the saving graces for birds of many species. And on top of that, we have exciting news like the recent sighting in Brazil. Possibly for the first time in decades, a Spix’s Macaw was seen flying through the trees. http://www.birdlife.org/americas/news/spix%E2%80%99s-macaw-reappears-brazil The species has not been confirmed, but it’s a big, blue parrot. Continue reading “The World For Parrots”

Macaws: Poster Birds for Conservation and Reintroduction

Thanks to shows like Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and PBS’s Nature, I learned to love and respect wildlife at an early age. I don’t know if that explains the fact that I have tried to have companions from many branches of the tree of life, and have settled on birds as the ones I am most comfortable living with. Continue reading “Macaws: Poster Birds for Conservation and Reintroduction”