by world class experts from around the globe. A representative sampling of the lectures and
presentations by world renowned experts:
Dr. Barros is the captivity coordinator of the Committee for the Conservation and
Management of the Lear’s Macaw, a member of the Working Group for the
Recovery of the Spix’s Macaw and a member of the Committee for Conservation
and Management of the Hyacinth Macaw. Lin each group she is responsible for the
activities, meeting, eleaboration and/or revision of action plans, reports, funding
proposals and participation in field activities.
Yara recived her Masters degree in Zoology from the University of Sao Paulo State
in 1994, and she received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of San Paulo State in 2001.
Currently, she works with endangered species (birds) at the as General Fauna Coordinator
for IBAMA (the Brazilian counterpart to the US Fish and Wildlife Service)
Dr. Donald Brightsmith, PhD.: Tambopata, Peru
and Rainforest Expeditions, Peru.
Dr. Brightsmith is a research associate at Duke University and parrot conservation consultant.
He has worked in the tropical forests of Peru since 1993. Dr. Brightsmith’s research includes a
wide range of parrot and macaw related topics including clay lick use, landscape level
movements, diet, reintroduction, habitat management, nesting ecology, and conservation.
Dr. Brightsmith also serves as a Parrots International Board Member.
Senior Research Associate, Cambridge University Dept of Zoology,
the Conservation Sciences Group. Nigel Collar has worked with
Bird Life International since 1981 and has consulted in the
Bird Life International Red List of endangered parrot species.Throughout his 25 years with
BirdLife, he has worked on the documentation and conservation of threatened birds, writing
the international Red Data Book, which so far has resulted in three large volumes, for Africa,
the Americas and Asia. He has served BirdLife as Director of Science, Director of Development
and Deputy Director, and now works as Leventis Fellow in Conservation Biology, a position
part-shared with Cambridge University. He currently has PhD students in Cambodia and the
Philippines, but his research interests extend to all tropical areas where threatened birds are in
need of study. His particular interest in parrots stems from the time 10 years ago when he was
asked to contribute the parrot family to the “Handbook of the Birds of the World”.
Dr. Frank Lavac, DVM: Santa Monica, CA
Dr. Lavac is a board certified Avian specialty Veterinarian with a private
practice in Santa Monica, CA. Avian Diplomate. Medical Director, Wilshire Animal
Hospital, AAHA certified, Santa Monica, CA.
Dr. Lavac also serves as a Parrots International Board Member.
Phoebe Greene Linden: Santa Barbara, CA
Phoebe is a world renowned lecturer on companion parrot behavior.
Phoebe is an author of innumerable articles on understanding, and modifying
pet parrot behavior including "Abundantly Avian: The Compiled Works of
Phoebe Green Linden" . Phoebe and her husband Harry own and manage
the world class breeding aviary, Santa Barbara Bird Farm.
Caroline Stahala: Florida
Project Leader for the Bahama Parrot Project, a PI supported project
working to save this rapidly declining sub-species of the Cuban Amazon.
Caroline is currently an ecologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Panama
City. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of North
Carolina and a Masters degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University.
Her primary research interests are in population ecology as it relates to health of animal
populations and their habitats. Caroline has been working with the Bahamas since 2003
to implement research and conservation efforts for the Bahama Parrot.
Marie E. Stafford: Santa Monica, CA
Co-Founder and Board Member of Parrots International. Marie donates her time,
energies and resources to support Parrots International, parrot conservation and
field research. An accomplished photographer, many of Marie's photos can be
found on the PI site. Marie also tends to her happy flock of 15 companion parrots.
Dr. Mark L. Stafford, DDS: Santa Monica, CA
Co-Founder and President of Parrots International. A dentist with a conservation
background. Dr. Stafford received BA degrees in both Environmental Biology
and Environmental Studies.
Mark and his wife, Marie, have traveled extensively throughout Central and South
America, and the Caribbean to view, photograph and film wild parrots. The goal
of these trips has been to gain an understanding of the natural history of endangered
parrot species, the environmental and human derived pressures relating to their
endangered status, and to understand the possible steps that can be taken to bring
these beautiful parrots back from the brink of extinction.
Dr. Darrel Styles, DVM.: College Station, TX
Dr. Styles is a member of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biological Sciences at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center.
Dr. Styles is currently serving on the USDA Avian Flu Task Force to develop and
plan possible contingencies for the eminent arrival of the Bird Flu in the US.
Dr. Styles also serves as a Parrots International Board of Director member.
Jafet Velez-Valenin, M.S.: Puerto Rico
Supervisor of the USFWS Luquillo Aviary for the captive breeding of the Puerto Rican
Dr. White is a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Project. Dr. White is responsible for planning and
conducting releases of captive-reared Puerto Rican Parrots, and conducting telemetry
studies of the wild population. Since 2000, Dr. White has authored or co-authored 9
publications on Amazona parrots, as well as several conference and symposia
(Note: The Puerto Rican Parrot is the only parrot found within the US and its territories
and one of the rarest parrots in the world).