TN014: National Bird Day

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National Bird Day is an annual event that takes place every January 5th (at the end of the Christmas Bird Count season in the Americas) and is organised by Born Free USA in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition to take action on behalf of captive birds by drawing attention to the exploitation of other countries’ native birds by the U.S. pet industry.

Speakers on this podcast are New York-based Denise Kelly (President & Co-Founder of the Avian Welfare Coalition), Marc Johnson (Founder and CEO of Rhode Island-based Foster Parrots and the conservationist behind the innovative eco-tourism initiative ‘Project Guyana’), and Drs David Morimoto, Head of the Biology Department of Massachusetts’ Lesley University, and Michael Schindlinger, Professor of biology at Lesley (both of whom were speaking via Skype from a hotel balcony in Georgetown, Guyana!).


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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores


  1. Nial Moores says:

    Hi Charlie, All,

    Excellent podcasts – TN014 on the National Bird Day especially thought-provoking (and no bleeps!).

    Thanks for all you are doing and the best for 2011!

  2. Irene says:

    Thank you for the inspiring conversation with thoughtful and passionate guests. I look forward to hearing how this issue develops. Good luck!

  3. Charlie says:

    Hi Nial – many thanks, it’s all down to the passion and expertise of the guests (we need to get you on here again soon I think!). Happy New Year.

  4. Charlie says:

    Irene, thankyou very much for taking the time to comment – it’s really appreciated. I have to say I really enjoyed talking to Denise, Marc, Mike, and David – as you say, inspiring and thoughtful conservationists and let’s hope between us we can make more people aware about National Bird day and what it really means to cage a bird. Thanks again and all the best for 2011.

  5. Monica says:

    That was fantastic Charlie (and Marc, Denise, Mike and David) well done! Thank you all so much for all you do and for your thought provoking pod cast!


  6. charlie says:

    Hello Monica – thanks and please come and join the conversation next time (or in the very near future anyway!). Charlie

  7. Tracey says:

    Thank you for this inspiring and provocative discussion. It’s important that dialogue in topics which highlight the impact of human behavior on other species be made available to the public-at-large. People need to be educated and reminded about our collective responsibility to be caring and respectful global citizens. Everything said here was powerful. The most significant statement for me was when Dr. Mike Schindlinger made the analogy of humans justifying cutting wing feathers of pet birds to keep them from harm is the same as cutting hamstring tendons on dogs to keep them from running into traffic. That assertion brought forward a vision of just how selfish and cruel we can be towards animals for the sake of making them ‘fit’ into our lifestyles. These types of connections should be consistently stated in order to reach folks to give perspective on both an intellectual and emotional level. Many individuals may never have the privilege of visiting parrots living free in their natural habitat. But I’m sure any doggie-lover who hears that comparison will be impacted and think twice about the destructive consequences of our actions and how we should change our behavior towards those birds that live in captivity and in the wild. Very moving!

    So thanks again, everyone, for all that you do. I hope many people hear this podcast and find it as poignant as I did!

  8. Charlie says:

    Tracey, thanks very much for leaving such an articulate and passionate comment. I really enjoyed making this podcast with such insightful and thoughtful advocates. Mike Schindlinger and David Morimoto only joined the discussion a few minutes before it started (thanks to Marc Johnson) and their contributions just proved to me again that someone really knowledgeable about a subject doesn’t need days to prepare, they just speak from the heart and the most wonderful messages are right there waiting to be heard.

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