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June 2009 | Issue 22
Every day we see news about animal abuse cases, animal heroes and the like. Unfortunately the abuse cases seem to outnumber the happy stories -- so we've decided to include a good story in this issue; we'll talk about our involvement with the VSPCA, an animal rescue group in India that truly has their hands full. In spite of that, they have saved thousands of animals.
We'll also talk about Cape Parrots and their status in the wild, volunteering for a WPT field project, aggressiveness in a captive Jardine's Parrot pair, preventing accidents with our beloved pets, and more.
Desi Milpacher, Flock Talk editor
More information about the Cape Parrot »
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Species: robustus robustus
Where found: E Republic of S Africa, from Knysna and E Cape Province to Natal, W Kwazulu, W Swaziland, and SE Transvaal.
Ecology: Found in mangroves, riverine woodlands, savanna woodland, montane forests at 3750m (12,300ft) and lowland forest.
Population: 1,000 - 1,500
Status: Least concern
Threats: Has suffered severe declines because of illegal wild bird trapping, habitat loss and degradation, and persecution by farmers. There is support by several groups to have the Cape Parrot recognized as a separate species, thereby allowing their threat status
to be elevated from Least Concern to Critically Endangered.
Blue-throated Macaw Project
Call for volunteers
For all of the intrepid out there: the WPT-supported Blue-throated Macaw Project, led by Dr. Igor Berkunsky, is in need of five volunteers for the months of August 2009 through to January 2010.
Workers will be conducting nest searches, guarding active nests from predators, climbing trees and other exciting and important activities.
All of this is in aid of the lovely Blue-throated Macaw, the most critically endangered wild macaw left in the world.
More information on how to help save endangered Blue-throats »
Frequently Occurring Pet Bird Accidents and How to Evade Them
By WPT Expert EB Cravens
Mishaps -- they happen to all of us, our family members and our pets. The trick in life is to try to prevent them before they occur.
WPT Bird Expert EB Cravens provides some practical and sound advice to help us all protect our avian loved ones.
Read the article (PDF) »
Tribute to Diana Holloway
Parrot lover, indeed
The companion bird community lost a true friend, Diana Holloway, on January 19, 2009. Diana was very involved in various bird organizations --
The Amazona Society, AFA -- and was a Tanygnanthus Society founder. She also found time to serve as a board member of several avian events,
and provided support to a number of avian rescues.
WPT Executive Director James Gilardi, Ph.D states, "I had the pleasure of meeting Diana a number of times at
conferences over the years. She was always a super positive and genuine person, totally focused on the birds. Her deep understanding of and delight for parrots
was as infectious as it was inspiring." All who knew her wholeheartedly agree.
Learn more about Diana's work »
Operations in India to Rescue Parrots
The VSPCA's Vital Work
VSPCA -- the Visakha Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- is dedicated to the rescue of domestic and exotic animals, large and small.
Their main place of work is in the city of Visahapatnam and its surrounding areas, as well as a number of districts in Andhra Pradesh, in India.
The World Parrot Trust has begun funding their important work, which includes the rescue of parrots in distress. Recently, VSPCA's team made a number of raids,
at some personal danger, in various pet shops and tourist areas. They were able to rescue five parrots, with more to come. VSPCA also has an education program,
aimed at advising the public about the plight of these animals.
VSPCA's Website »
VSPCA's YouTube Channel »
Aggressive Display in Adult Jardine's Parrots
By Werner Lantermann
Guest columnist Werner Lantermann provides a rare personal insight into the behaviour of a captive pair of Jardine's Parrots
and the sometimes aggressive behaviour towards their human care-givers.
Read the article (PDF) »
Events, Donations and Other Good Things
Creative people supporting World Parrot Trust projects
Special thanks to Danielle Cawthorne, who hosted the Canadian Parrot Workshop 2009: The Ten Things Your Parrot Wants You to Know featuring Dr. Susan Friedman, Ph.D
and Barbara Heidenreich in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The workshop raised $350.00 for the Canadian World Parrot Trust.
Thanks also to the Eastern Canada Avian Association for their recent fundraising efforts in advance of their conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick,
Canada to be held in August. Mark Hagen of Hagen Avicultural Institute has generously offered to match the amount raised.
WPT's 20th Year Anniversary Celebration at Paradise Park
June 30, 2009
2009 Animal Education Foundation Symposium
July 18-19, 2009
Dr. Susan G. Friedman's Living and Learning Workshop
July 19, 2009
Eastern Canada Avian Association Gala
August 22, 2009
Mt. Barney Lodge Birdweek
September 9, 2009
2009 Parrot Lover's Cruise
October 24, 2009
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