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!
Bird poaching and illegal trade in wild birds is sure to foul someone's nest, because birds make ecological contributions.
In the Spotlight
Poaching? This illegal hunting for bush meat or bird trafficking causes illness and population losses. Dolly joins with bird lovers, bird owners, bird breeders and bird clubs to spread awareness about illegal wild bird capture.
True to Form? Live eggs also are poached. Peregrine falcon eggs often are intercepted in carry-on bags of smugglers. Destined for wealthy falconers, eggs do not squawk. Airport investigators remain alert for wildlife crime.
Green Screen? 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.
Power House? Caged birds still sing. Maya Angelou wrote a poem, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It is shared on PoemHunter.com. Among many meanings, this poem describes the strength of hope against bad traps.
Cruise without Worrying? Fowl make historic sacrifices for food, art and design. They suffer death, destruction, disaster and disappearance at human hands. People also are the best hope for saving these vulnerable beings.
Illegal Trade in Wild Birds
Blame Game? Stressed and immune-compromised wild birds can carry illness into urban areas. Avian influenza virus is an example. It can infect domestic fowl or humans in physical contact with contaminated secretions.
Front & Center? Pandemics originating with wild animals raise awareness. Infected domestic animals must be eliminated from the food chain. COVID-19 is one such illness. It is raising food and healthcare costs.
Free Range? Electronic decoys, guns, snares and nets send bird meat onto the black market. Cheap technology makes ecological disaster of rest stops. Migrating flocks are led to indiscriminate, industrialized slaughter.
Dress to Impress? Live capture traps are widely available. Captured wild species falsely are identified as breeder-raised. Identification bands applied to their legs get snatched victims illegally marketed as domestic fowl.
Off the Wall
Tide Effects? Captured parrots are separated from mates. Capturing wild birds is inhumane. They die from improper handling, malnutrition and stress in confinement. Entire loads of wild animals die during transport.
Transport Risks? Heat stress and improper ventilation can be deadly. Welfare is harmed over long journeys. Fatigue or self-mutilation may result. Birds in joint cages may become aggressive and harm one another.
Not my Mirror! Most pets are raised in captivity. Dolly's missions, co-stars, systems, connections and narratives are intended to create awareness and appreciation for the lifestyles of wild and tame birds.
Unnatural Mix? Few breeding operations, whether centered on food or pet production, mix a wide variety of species. Safety-oriented animal producers must meet specific government guidelines to limit potential health risks.
Compare and Contrast: Bird breeders thwart the spread of wild animal poaching and trade. The benefits of domestically bred, tame fowl are many. These animals could not survive in the wild. Caring trainers protect them.
Great Heights? Bird clubs and breeders benefit 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.
True to Form
Frock Out? Dolly works to expand awareness and positivity. Caging should be done for reasonable periods. Birds need recreational breaks. They do not thrive in cages. Slamming cage doors behind them is disrespectful.
Rain Check? Birds' privacy should be respected. They need 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.
Silver Lining? Birds oppose cluttered lifestyles and spaces. They live simply and naturally, giving rise to Free as a Bird. John Lennon composed and recorded a song about this expression. The rest of The Beatles contributed.
Brilliant Ideas? Birds stand out from negative crowds. Vocalizations indicate a bird is happy. Bird Brains discusses training activities for the collective good of bird owners, bird breeders and the species they love.
Birds Make Ecological Contributions
A Mighty Force? Birds made and continue to make contributions to science. They inspired humans to take flight. Biomimicry Institute found Beak Design Absorbs High-Energy Impacts, which may be of benefit to vehicle design.
Bathed in Beauty? Birds help the environment. They eat disease-carrying and agriculturally-destructive insects. They eat fruits, spread seeds and pollinate plants. Their waste products fertilize plants. They scavenge refuse.
Room at the Top? People are the best hope for saving all vulnerable beings. Passage of The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a conservation success. COVID-19 lock downs reduced human interference and increased nature sightings.
View from the Top? Dolly celebrates successes from her stay among people. Her experiences provide new information, foster past links and expand connections. Birds show emotions, harbor memories and form attachments.
Rise and Shine
Palace Intrigue? At the end of three stories, which work together to form a larger one, Dolly returns to her roots. Her stay with a household of guests feels free. She keeps busy. Learning to speak like her trainer is rewarding.
High Fidelity? Talking birds offer special insights into avian care. Dedicated individuals are motivated to meet the needs of their pets. This website should create informed interactions among people and with their birds.
Ticket to Ride? In the following video, the author's “grand chicks” chow down on garden pests. It presents natural, random accompanying sounds. The video was provided courtesy of her daughter. (37 seconds)