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.