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.
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
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
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
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
I love my finches, they are active little things with cute calls and understandable social structures. They can be very messy but they make up for it by being good breeders. In fact, zebra finches are always held up as starter finches. Continue reading
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