On Saturday I gave a
presentation at the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) Symposium in St.
Petersburg, Florida (my spouse and I call it St. Parrotsburg because of all the
naturalized parrots flying around). Some
20 years ago I was a regular attendee at these conventions when I was more
active as a veterinarian of captive birds.
I returned to be with these aviculturists because I need them, and so
the people and parrots of the world. The
goal for my paper, "Wild Psittacine
Chick and Nest Assessment: A Green Paper" was to convey my
conviction that we need every one at the table to help solve the complex and
often overwhelming problems confronting us in avian conservation, especially in
Central America. From my view point,
everyone is on the conservation team for parrots. If you work towards the well being of
yourself, others, and birds - no matter where you are - you are contributing to
the well being of the planet and all communities of mixed species. We are one planet and we share one
health. The audience at AFA gave me many
wonderful and clear suggestions, and already I believe I can share this
information with those with whom I work more closely with on my various
conservation teams. Imagine what we
might accomplish if more people become involved?
I ask you, therefore, if you
would be a participatory member of this team.
One thing you can do is read this paper, and contribute to it. I have it posted as a google document
at: https://docs1.google.com/document/edit?id=1EsNt-a3dengFR5YVdI2iWYKTcVNiY5btWF41yHakPyI&authkey=CKOSgoMJ&hl=en#. You can make comments, edits, additions, and
deletions directly there, or email me with your changes. If you have trouble accessing the document in google, email me and I will send you a copy of the paper.
Please do distribute
this document to others so that together we can build the kind of world we wish
to live in.