Oct. 27-28: BirdLife Australia’s National Twitchathon

For those of you DownUnder wanting to support conservation, BirdLife Australia offers a innovative fundraiser: the Twitchathon, a birdwatching race, pits teams of Aussie bird watchers against one another, vying for the most bird species seen or heard by the team. Registered teams seek sponsorship through friends and family, and proceeds benefit each state's designated bird. … Continue reading Oct. 27-28: BirdLife Australia’s National Twitchathon

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Nov. 17: Galahs Galore!

Our November 17 issue will feature galah cockatoo news, information, and issues! Please share your galah knowledge, love, art, and concerns with us! On Facebook, contact us via our page, at @BirbObserver; on Instagram and Twitter please contact us by tagging or direct message; or email us at BirbObserver@gmail.com. We strive to provide you community … Continue reading Nov. 17: Galahs Galore!

HatchLine: Up-Listed! African Greys & Econ 101

[Editor's note: As edited Oct. 21 in response to corrections graciously provided by World Parrot Trust subsequent to initial publication. We humbly acknowledge that in this space we do not detail that organization's critique of the Appendix II regulatory regime.] On July 27, 2018 The Dodo published a superb expose by Elizabeth C. Alberts about … Continue reading HatchLine: Up-Listed! African Greys & Econ 101

BirdsEyeView: Animal Rights: Does your bird have “personality”?

The 1970s heralded a revolution in the legal status of animals. PETA, established in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1974, advocated vegetarianism and various boycotts with the slogan "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way." Along a parallel track, in 1975, the nations of the world … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Animal Rights: Does your bird have “personality”?

Gen(i)us: African Grey Parrot: Congo African Grey and Timneh

The African grey parrot -- as Congo African grey or Timneh -- has grown vastly in popularity not only in the US and Europe but also in the MidEast and Asia. As in the past wild-sourcing supplemented legitimate supply, the African grey has been listed on CITES Appendix I since January 2017. [For the impact … Continue reading Gen(i)us: African Grey Parrot: Congo African Grey and Timneh

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

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

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

Bird Prayer

Needing some uplift today? This week? Needing to connect with hope and encouragement? Needing a time-out to tend to your cares and concerns? We hope this brief prayer provides you support today. BIrd Prayer God of our beloved feathered friends, Let us join in song with them each day in praise Of high flight, long … Continue reading Bird Prayer

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