BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!

If you would study the law of a country, consider yourself on an ambling tour of that "ship of state," its deck filled with crew hubbub and the creaking of mooring a massive, labyrinthine ship, which turns only deadeningly slow in the water. In August, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a Schedule … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!

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Horus: Conservation Photographer Pete Oxford

  You flip the page and suddenly there it is, right in front of you.  Bam!  The photo smacks you in the face and is instantly, indelibly etched in your mind.  That’s the power of great photojournalism. The napalmed nine-year-old Vietnamese girl whose photo altered the trajectory of the Vietnam War. The vulture patiently stalking … Continue reading Horus: Conservation Photographer Pete Oxford

HatchLine: Aviculture Tips from South Florida Pros

Beloved author of Psittaculture, Tony Silva, and long-time AFA leader Buddy Waskey hosted a tour of select South Florida aviaries in the days leading up to the Organization of Professional Aviculturists' (OPA) annual meeting. As Florida has enacted a framework of laws favorable to aviculture, aviaries flourish there. The warm weather, though dryer than the … Continue reading HatchLine: Aviculture Tips from South Florida Pros

HatchLine: Morbid Galah Mystery in Picturesque Burra

Mornings and evenings wild galah cockatoos congregate on the old brick streets of Sancreed Street in Burra, South Australia, by the old Police Stables and Lockup. But, as reported by ABC News Australia, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the urban clearing afforded a different view: lifeless galah bodies littering the ground. Mysteriously dead galah bodies. … Continue reading HatchLine: Morbid Galah Mystery in Picturesque Burra

HatchLine: Little Corella Targeted

Thanks to the City of Playford's council spokespersons for their assistance with this article.] November 5, 2018, the Mount Barker District Council issued a "scaring" notice for Little Corellas, following their April 3, 2018 decision endorsing "selective legal shooting" of flock leaders, or "scout" corellas. The measures seek to discourage flocks, especially the largest flock, from … Continue reading HatchLine: Little Corella Targeted

Rising from the Ashes – Wildfires, Birds, and Their Habitat

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

Aviary Construction Tips from Chris Biro

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

The Eurasian Sparrow & Mao’s Four Pests Campaign, 1958-1960

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

Buckle: Hand-raising a scarlet macaw for free flight

Chris Biro, world preeminent free-flight instructor, shares this invaluable avian development and training video from his YouTube channel. Adventure with Chris and Buckle as this magnificent bird first attempts to fly and ultimately does his first few outdoor flights in an open and safe field. For the link to the video, click  Here here or visit our … Continue reading Buckle: Hand-raising a scarlet macaw for free flight

Stewardship, Birds & Conservation: A Rocha in Cruzinha, Portugal

Faith and religious values inform and motivate hopeful action. Intimidating global issues like deforestation, biodiversity and global warming may find practical solutions in the Ivory Tower, but often it takes faith and religious values to motivate manpower. A Rocha, an international organization of Christian stewardship, responds to the planet's biodiversity crisis with community-based conservation projects. … Continue reading Stewardship, Birds & Conservation: A Rocha in Cruzinha, Portugal