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Since 2003, I have spent thousands of hours in the field, questioning, investigating, discovering and documenting the lives of naturalized wild parrots.  I have focused these years of research on Red-masked parakeets, Aratinga erythrogenys, Maluku island cockatoos, Cacatua moluccensis and Cacatua goffini, Rose-ringed parakeet, Psittacula krameri and Red-crowned Amazon, Amazona viridigenalis. Publications for these species are in the final stages of completion.  Some of them can be found in the links section of this website and next to the species photo on the home page.
 
My primary interests revolve around the biology and ecology of naturalized Red-masked parakeet, Rose-ringed parakeet and Maluku Island (Salmon-crested, Umbrella and Goffin's cockatoo) especially unique life history phenomena, wild diets and foraging patterns and spatial use of landscapes using radio telemetry and GIS.  
 
The goal of this website is to share with the greater community what I have experienced in years of exhausting and detailed field studies of these parrot species, in some cases following radio collared individuals all day long for months to find out exactly where they go, what they eat and how they live day to day and month to month.  
In one study I had spent 10 months living with a population of Red-masked parakeets during every waking daylight hour. I travelled with the flocks and lived through their eyes, visited their secret haunts in mountain valleys, joined then for meals and participated in social activities on their turf.  I have developed creative methodologies and a sixth sense for field studies of wild parrots, including safe mist-netting techniques and pioneering long-term deployment and refinement of radio collars on Red-masked parakeets.  Additional studies I have conducted involve wild-living Maluku island cockatoo life history and foraging, the ecology and population growth of Rose-ringed parakeets and Red-crowned parrots.  From these experiences I have much to share regarding wild parrot field studies across a variety of species.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Management (ecology focus) and a Masters degree in Botany (animal-plant interactions), Geographic Information Systems proficient (three university graduate level classes plus independent niche-modeling projects) and am a licenced pilot and a flyer of remotely operated aircraft/drones and have many weeks of mist-netting and banding many species of birds.  Before my University studies I was a private and professional bird keeper and aquarist and accumulated ten years experience keeping, breeding, hand-feeding a wide variety of exotic birds and several endangered species such as Bali mynahas, Micronesian kingfishers, Piping plovers, and other lesser-known endangered bird species.  I lived and witnessed the transformation of aviculture from a wild-bird driven hobby to a captive-raised one.   

I am pleased to offer consulting and educational services on:
  • Multi-media presentations (video and audio) that are entertaining and educational to groups about many adventures studying the aforementioned parrot species in the wild focusing on their behavior, wild ecology, foraging ecology, movement biology and population trends.
  • Wild parrot (and other bird) surveys, ID and field studies, from the planning stages to completion.
  • Maps and predictive models of wild parrot (and other plant and animal species) distributions and potential distributions
  • Wild parrot diets, I specialize in understanding the trends and patterns of wild-parrot foraging. Parrots are suprisingly discerning when given a variety of foods to choose from in the wild.  I am pleased to provide parrot owners with natural palm and other nuts that are the natural range wild foods (not close substitutes) that your species of parrot would encounter and feed upon in its native habitat.