I'm currently a National Science Foundation IGERT Trainee in trans-boundary conservation, working with the Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru. (Here's a photo of a wild macaw hanging out at the rainforest research station.) Having worked as both a conservation breeder for bird breed and release, as well as a licensed wildlife rehabillitator, I've spent a lot of time, hands on, preparing animals to live wild. I currently using new technology ("robo spy eggs") to record the unknown, intimate life habits of wild macaws in primary rainforest. This work is done in partnership with volunteer tourism, where people pay a fee to get trained and work with parrot nests in the rainforest instead of a regular vacation. I can help bring this sort of self-funding research tourism practice to the Red Siskin Initiative. State-side, I work with several partners (The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, Bird Recovery International, and Hill Country Aviaries) to develop methods that create wild bird behavior in hand raised parrots. That's where the video comes from! The parrots in the video fly outside. I have a masters degree in public Environmental Education from Huxley College of the Environment where I studied how experiences with live animals help shape how people learn.
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