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The wonders of technology

There are times that I rail against technology, particularly when people can’t leave their mobile phones alone, but one instance popped up this week where the internet and easy access to film footage shows how advantageous it now is to us.


The year of cat correction

Momentum in the media is a curious thing. When you monitor the world's media like we do at Cage & Aviary Birds, it's intriguing to watch the way stories travel around the globe, carried by the internet and social media. It can be exhilarating when you see one small, but interesting story get picked up, first by one news medium and then rapidly fly around the world, being translated not only into other languages but being interpreted into different cultures. Even though we may not travel to the depths of China or the wilds of the Middle of the East, we can experience stories of conservation triumph and disaster or struggles between those who care and those who just wish to profit. If you look back to previous ages, life was oh, so much smaller for humans. News was local, occasionally national and could take days, weeks, even months to arrive. So when we got to read it, it was already ancient history. No doubt people often felt powerless to affect the world, except maybe within their own communities, or maybe were just not interested! 


Dam decisions

This week we had a fascinating story pop-up in Turkey, where the Turkish government is facing stiff opposition over the construction of a huge dam, not only from conservationists – but its own judiciary. What I find so interesting about stories such as this is how the whole issue has seemingly gone unnoticed in the mainstream media and bird media. It's so rare these days that such controversial stories – a country's judiciary opposing its own government – slip under the radar. We are all so clued-up to what is happening across the globe that when a story emerges in a part of the world that I certainly had no knowledge of, it makes it all the more intriguing.


Saving species

It's been a funny old week in some respects as I've been working from home, blighted by one of the more curious viruses I've ever had the misfortune to acquire. So while feeling predominately rubbish, I've been endeavouring to still write some news and consequently had a fascinating conversation with John Corder, the vice-president of the World Pheasant Association (WPA). On Cage & Aviary Birds, as we increasingly write more and more news about the wider bird world and we encourage breeders to show in Europe, we sometimes forget the phenomenal avicultural expertise that exists in this country and how it is helping to sustain biodiversity and the greater avian world. 


Conservation through technology?

Writing for Cage & Aviary Birds as I have for more than six years now, I've found that while news about imminent extinction of bird species is a weekly phenomenon, there is also a growing number of stories that highlight conservation success. This week the news that the World Land Trust has once again purchased more than 500 acres of land in Colombia to add to the helmeted curassow reserve is good news not only for bird lovers but for the people of Colombia. And this story is not unique, throughout 2012 we covered several stories – notably in South America – where worldwide conservation groups were successful in raising funds and then visibly using those funds to safeguard habitat for ever. A further illustration, this week again, the World Parrot Trust, in a matter of a couple of months raised £46,000 which will now be matched by institutional donors and will go towards saving three vulnerable parrot species including the yellow-crested cockatoo.


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