February 9, the Melbourne parronts and fids held their greatest gathering yet! As the photos and videos show, parrot-lovers of all ages, and feathered friends of many species gathered in a cool great room on a hot summer's day, and reveled in one another's unique, treasured presence. Hop with excitement, oh, ye feathered friends! (Courtesy … Continue reading Psitta-Social: Melbourne Meet ups Gain Critical Mass!
Bird's Eye View DownUnder and in the US, Free-Flight clubs and meet-ups, both indoors and outdoors, emerge from social media relationships and from a hunger for tangible fellowship not possible on social media. Let's make sure we're making as much use of existing IRL bird club infrastructure as we can! Did you realize that, in … Continue reading Bring on Organized IRL Bird Clubs!
In July the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed changes to their Endangered Species Act (ESA). Those changes would newly permit consideration of economic impact in designating species as endangered/listed, a significant change. Public comment closes September 24. https://youtu.be/GBgg6X9Iuc0
The 2018 fire season’s explosive Carr and Mendocino Complex (California) conflagrations – among many others – illustrate the damage wildfires do to human infrastructure as well as fire’s effects on birds, other animals, and their habitat. This article is third in a natural-disaster series that’s already looked at the effects on birds from earthquakes and … Continue reading Rising from the Ashes – Wildfires, Birds, and Their Habitat
Don Scott (FB), Founder and Executive Director of Chloe Sanctuary (IG) in Fallbrook, California, just outside San Diego, is first to voice his compassion for those who fail with parrots or cockatoos and hand them off to a sanctuary or rescue: "Often I see eyes darkened by futility. They have given up. They have reached … Continue reading Meet Don Scott, Founder of Chloe Sanctuary and Cockatude
Sometimes you run across an Instagram account which takes your breath away. That's the experience I had on first discovering @rosie_and_george_the_budgie (IG). If you live near Hyde Park, you may have already met Rosie, George and Rosie's daughter on their daily walk. If you're ever in Hyde Park and spot them, be sure to greet … Continue reading TheRoundUp Aug 17: George, bright budgie bearing the gift of Joy
Friend @_macaws_parrots_ (IG) recently learned her blue and gold macaw Mango had qualified for the FINAL ROUND in that most prestigious of pet photo competitions, Penney's Great Companion calendar competition, 2019. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * … Continue reading Vote for the Blue & Gold Macaw!!!!
We hope you have had a restful weekend with your fids! In the coming week, if you desire a spiritual uplift, consider these lyrics by Hal Habson (1972), for the hymn "Though I May Speak." Traditionally sung to the folksy English tune of the love song, "The Water is Wide," the hymn "Though I May … Continue reading “Though I May Speak”
After the last issue of TheRoundUp, many of you had questions about outdoor aviaries. Chris Biro, preeminent free flight instructor and also director of BRI, a training and release restoration program, has built aviaries around the world, including these pictures below for the Green Macaw Project. Chris's first tip: You can never build too big … Continue reading Aviary Construction Tips from Chris Biro
In China, as part of Chairman Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward (1958-1962), Mao labeled four animals as pests and launched the Four Pests Campaign. The Campaign enlisted citizen assistance throughout Beijing to conduct the extermination. The four animals designated were flies, rats, mosquitoes, and the Eurasian sparrow. The Campaign specifically targeted the Eurasian sparrow because, supposedly, one … Continue reading The Eurasian Sparrow & Mao’s Four Pests Campaign, 1958-1960