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June 2019 by V. R. Duin


Poor old Molly froze in place
With a shocked expression on her face.
Her sparkling pool was now a wreck,
With boat parts strewn across the deck!

Poaching is illegal hunting for bush meat or trafficking. Dolly joins with bird lovers, bird owners, bird breeders and bird clubs to not foul someone's nest. Awareness will help stop alarming population losses due to illegal trade in wild birds.

Dolly's journey begins with wild bird poaching and illegal commerce. This would foul anyone's nest. Her factual information and fanciful glee supplant the negativity of rant deliverers. Parrots can purr.

Birds sing when caged. Maya Angelou wrote a poem, which is shared on I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Among other meanings, this poem describes the importance of hope against bad traps.

Fowl make historic sacrifices for artistry and talent. They suffer death, destruction, disaster and disappearance at the hands of people. People also are the best hope for saving these vulnerable beings.

Illegal Trade in Wild Birds:

Electronic decoys, guns, snares and nets send bird meat onto the black market. Cheap technology lures migrating flocks to indiscriminate industrialized slaughter. Trapping makes ecological disaster of rest stops.

Live bird capture traps are widely available. Once captured, wild species falsely are identified as breeder-raised. With the application of identification bands to their legs, snatched victims are marketed as domestic.

Most pets are raised in captivity. Capturing wild birds is inhumane and often illegal. They die from improper handling, malnutrition and stress of confinement. Entire loads of wild animals die during transport.

Captured parrots are separated from mates. Dolly's missions, co-stars, systems, connections and narratives are intended to create awareness and appreciation for the lifestyles of wild and tame birds.

Bird breeders are good for birds. They help thwart the spread of poaching and trade in wild animals. The benefits of domestically bred, tame fowl are many. They could not survive in the wild. Caring trainers protect them.

Bird clubs and bird breeders are resources for new owners. Purchasers of exotic species should confirm prospective pets are domestic. Fowl raised and hand fed by breeders are happier and healthier than poached imports.

Dolly works to expand awareness and positivity. She asks that caging be done for reasonable periods. Birds need recreational breaks. They do not thrive in cages. Slamming cage doors behind them is disrespectful.

Birds' privacy should be respected. Birds require a lot of sleep. Some species can be house trained. Birds are somewhat in control of their bowel movements. They may be taught to release droppings on command.

Dolly is opposed to cluttered lifestyles and spaces. Birds live simply and naturally, giving rise to the expression “free as a bird”. John Lennon composed and recorded a song about this. The rest of the Beatles contributed.

Dolly intends to stand out from the negative crowd. Vocalizations indicate a bird is happy. She promotes Animal Language, actions and activities for the collective good of bird owners, bird breeders and the species they love.

Birds made and continue to make contributions to science. Birds inspired humans to take to the skies. The Biomimicry Institute reports Beak Design Absorbs High-Energy Impacts, and may be useful for safe vehicle design.

Birds are good for the environment. They eat disease-carrying and agriculturally-destructive insects. They eat fruits and spread seeds. They pollinate plants. Their waste products fertilize plants. They scavenge refuse.

2018 was declared the year of the bird. The National Geographic Society and Audubon Society joined to greet this centennial since passage of The Migratory Bird Treaty Act with celebration of conservation successes.

Dolly celebrates the good fortune of her stay among people. Dolly uses her experience to provide new information, foster past links and expand connections. Birds show emotions, harbor memories and form attachments.

At the end of three stories, which work together to form a larger one, Dolly returns to her roots. During her stay with a household of guests, she stayed busy and felt free. Learning to speak like her trainers was rewarding.

Talking birds offer special insights into the care of birds. Dedicated individuals are motivated to meet the needs of their pets. This website should create informed interactions among people with birds.

In the following video, V. R. Duin's “grand chicks” chow down on garden pests. There is natural, accompanying sound. The video was provided courtesy of her daughter. (37 seconds)

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