Citizen Scientists Impact Conservation

Some year I am going to think about Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count soon enough to join in. I know exactly where I will go, too. There’s a lake near me where birds are present in vast numbers this time of year. Counting them will be a challenge. This year is the 117th year for Audubon so I will jump in on the 118th next year. Continue reading “Citizen Scientists Impact Conservation”


Merry Little Birdies

Through the years, I have heard lots of talk about Red Rump parakeets. Everyone seemed to want a pair. My friend who had a parrot business was unhappy when her pair wouldn’t breed. I looked at the birds, pretty little things, but not exciting to me. What was the big deal? Continue reading “Merry Little Birdies”

All the World’s a Cage

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”

Spreading the Love of Aviculture

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.


North County Aviculturists teaches about all types of birds.


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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Finch Reproduction

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”