2017 Year End Conservation Outlook

You probably read this blog because you have an emotional attachment to birds, maybe particularly to parrots of one species or another. That’s one of the first steps toward engaging people in conservation efforts. When you care about the last Spix macaw in the wild, you’ll look into helping in any way you can. Likewise, you will be sensitive to legislation enacted for or against conservation. Continue reading “2017 Year End Conservation Outlook”

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Bird Mart Madness

When it comes to birds, cages, toys, food, supplements, treats, more toys, foraging ideas, more food, books on birds, and more toys, I am a shopaholic. So, of course, the best course of action for me it to run The San Diego County Bird Mart and Finch Show for a couple of clubs in the area. This is like hiring an alcoholic to be a bartender. Like hiring a diabetic to give out free cookies. Or like asking a kid to not poke fingers in the chocolate cake icing. Not the best plan ever. Continue reading “Bird Mart Madness”

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”

Seasons and Changes

This summer, I have a mister on top of the aviaries in an attempt to help the outside birds survive the heat. I have very few nest boxes out and very few eggs expected to hatch. But in a month or so, I will put the lovebirds’ nest box back in so they can get going with making babies again. I will keep giving the Indian Ringnecks palm fronds as well, hoping they might try the egg thing once more. And with any luck, I will know if the 4 button quail (yes, 4 more hatched. Would have been closer to 9 but the ants came in and chased mom off the clutch) are male or female. I need 2 or more girls for Pixel and Quaillen. Continue reading “Seasons and Changes”

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”