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

Vote for the Blue & Gold Macaw!!!!

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!!!!

“Though I May Speak”

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”

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

Introducing No Room at the Inn

Starting with the August 15 issue, we will publish a new regular column on bird rescues and sanctuaries. The new page, No Room at the Inn, will feature an individual bird rescue/sanctuary nonprofit each month. The column will cover a rescue or sanctuary's history, its goals and methods, and whether it provides adoption screening and … Continue reading Introducing No Room at the Inn

Pigeon Chick Devlopment: Days 8 & 12

Ayoub Hadidi of Facebook and Instagram (@ayoub.hadidi) has shared more of his careful photos and videos showcasing the growth of the chick hatched in a nest outside the house. Below, Ayoub returns the chick to the hen and nest after a photo shoot. While showing no sign of anxiety in the pictures or in Ayoub's … Continue reading Pigeon Chick Devlopment: Days 8 & 12

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

Modern Falconry: Cultural Heritage caught in Geopolitics

Falconry, an ancient cultural heritage arising around 2,000 BC in Mongolia or Central Asia, is alive and well in the Mideast. In fact, mid Eastern nations predominate in the United Nations listing of Falconry as Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mid Eastern falconry made BBC news reports today as more evidence from a 2015 terrorist kidnapping incident … Continue reading Modern Falconry: Cultural Heritage caught in Geopolitics