"Is Private Ownership of Endangered Species Compatible
with Conservation?©" This has been one of of the most
popular lectures that highlights the successes and problems of private sector avicultural
involvement in major conservation programs. The concept of
"ownership" of endangered species by private
individuals has come under attack from numerous sources. This
presentation explores the role of the private sector in
conservation, using the Spix's macaw and the St. Vincent Amazon
programs as an example of the clash in philosophical approaches
of the private and public sector.
"The Evolution of Modern Aviculture©" This is
a lecture that traces the history and evolution of modern aviculture from the
late 1800's to the present, highlighting important milestones in
US and international aviculture. It is of interest to anyone
interested in birds as much of this information is not readily
available to the general public or beginner aviculturist.
Avicultural breakthroughs through research and with
the help of private aviculturists and zoological institutions are
highlighted. This is a very informative lecture with many "behind-the-scenes"
"Cooperative Breeding Programs for the Private
Aviculturist" This lecture highlights the reasons
for the development of species management programs in aviculture
to maintain populations for conservation and breeding programs.
Examines current problems in avicultural approaches of dealing
only with the pet trade, and provides information on how to
establish cooperative breeding programs for species. Zoo based
breeding programs such as Species Survival Plans and Population Management
Plans also explained.
"Reintroduction: When is it a Reality?" This
lecture explains the many misconceptions and fallacies of
reintroduction programs. This lecture
highlights the various avian reintroduction attempts, both successful and unsuccessful.
It also addresses issues of adaptation of captive-reared animals
to the wild, potential disease transmission problems and
"Conservation of Neotropical Parrots" This lecture
addresses the many issues facing the future of Neotropical
Psittacines, from the Caribbean to Mexico to Argentina.
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