Let’s play a game. Imagine you are standing in a room, maybe 6 feet wide and 10 feet long. Spread out your arms. Can you touch the walls? Probably not, so you have room to stretch when you need to. The walls are glass, air flow is good. A small sink provides water for you to drink. Your bodily function of elimination is covered, we don’t really need to go there. A door opens now and then and food is pushed inside. You have one chair to sit in and two items which on closer inspection are puzzles for you to take apart and then put back together. Over and over and over. Continue reading “All the World’s a Cage”
All of my flock individuals have meaning and connections with me. That’s why it is so difficult to consider downsizing over the next few years. Some of my special birds have become even more close and loving as their situations change and one or two have become less tame. Continue reading “Connections and Reconnections”
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 “Finch Conservation”
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 “Bird Shows for Conservation”
My bird club, North County Aviculturists, has been around for going on thirty years. Many of the members currently are older, retired, and facing the realization that they need to rehome or find a way to care for their birds in the event of their death. We’re not attracting many young members. The same core of people volunteers and take on all the offices and positions over and over again.
Every person who shares a home with any hookbill companion knows these creatures have a split personality. Some may hide the evil side for months at a time. But they all have that little devil urging them to be bad. Continue reading “Good Parrot, Bad Parrot”
My local bird club is amazing due to the impressive speakers that come to our meetings. Part of the reason such a variety of impressive speakers are available has to do with being so close to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park. Andrea Cabibi spoke at the January meeting, and is an employee of the zoo. Continue reading “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Finch Reproduction”