About Parrots International — Who we are

Parrots International is an all-volunteer organization. Our Board of Directors involves a diverse team of individuals with a wide range of talents, experiences, knowledge and education. The team is dedicated to the conservation of endangered parrot species and improving the welfare of both companion parrots and parrots in the wild. We are committed to remaining non-partisan, above "eco-politics" and working cooperatively with other conservation organizations for the maximum benefit of the birds.

You will notice there are many photos and videos for sale on our site. All proceeds from purchase of photos and donations for videos are donated to Parrots International conservation projects. You can learn more about that below and elsewhere on our site.

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There are many dedicated individuals behind the scenes that help make Parrots International possible.


Dr. Mark L. Stafford

Dr. Mark L. Stafford is the Co-Founder of Parrots International.
A dentist with a conservation background — Dr. Stafford received BA degrees in both Environmental Biology and Environmental Studies.

Dr. Stafford and his wife, Marie, donate their time and resources to travel into the field to visit and evaluate "in situ" conservation projects. They donate their photos and videos to Parrots International as well as donate their time to manage and organize Parrots International. Mark and Marie's photos and video footage of parrots in the wild are displayed on the PI site.

Advisory Board Members (Listed Alphabetically)

Dr. Donald Brightsmith, PhD.

Director of the Tambopata Macaw Project and research director for Rainforest Expeditions, Peru, Dr. Brightsmith is a lecturer in Avian Conservation, Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University.

Donald 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.

Neiva Robaldo Guedes

Director of Projeto Arara Azul, the Hyacinth Macaw Project, the Pantanal, Brazil (the flagship parrot conservation project to save the world's largest parrot).

Ms. Guedes is a professor at the UNIDERP, Brazil and is president of Instituto Arara Azul.

Dr. Frank Lavac, DVM

A Board certified Avian specialty Veterinarian with a private practice in Santa Monica, CA.

A version of Dr. Lavac's resume

Colorado State University:
B.S. with distinction, Microbiology, 1974
M.S. Microbiology, 1977

Internship in small animal medicine and surgery in West Los Angeles, CA. 1980-81.
Avian Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, 1994; recertified 2004.
Phi Beta Kappa
Medical Director, Wilshire Animal Hospital, AAHA certified, Santa Monica, CA. Avian and Exotic lectures at the Western Veterinary Conference, American Animal Association meetings, North American Veterinary Conference, Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, International Emergency Veterinarian Clinicians Conference and numerous local veterinary and aviculture groups.

Carmen Leon

A pet bird owner with an interest in conservation in the wild.

Carmen and her husband Armando travel to the field and provide much behind the scene support to PI.

Nigel Collar, Ph.D.

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.

Yves de Soye

A tropical ecologist and conservationist with more than 10 years experience working across all tropical regions. From 1998 to 2003 he was the Director of Loro Parque Fundación, a leading parrot conservation organization and owner of the world's largest parrot collection.

Yves has just finished a Masters in business administration in Madrid, and continues to advise the Spanish partner of BirdLife International on the development of bird conservation programs in Latin America.

He is also a board member of ProAves Colombia and an advisor to the Spix's Macaw and Lear's Macaw conservation committees of the Brazilian government. Yves serves as Programme Officer – IUCN – The World Conservation Union - Climate change and biodiversity in EU overseas territories. Yves is based at the Regional Office for Europe (ROfE), Brussels. Yves' web site is http://desoye.org

Marie Stafford

Co-Founder 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.

More about Marie.

Dr. Darrel Styles, DVM

Dr. Darrel Styles is a member of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biological Sciences at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center.

Dr. Styles is an expert in avian infectious and metabolic diseases and their molecular etiology; avicultural science and husbandry; and wild bird conservation and management with respect to disease control and captive rearing programs.

About Our Photos and Work

All proceeds from purchase of photos and donations for videos are donated to Parrots International conservation projects.

All photos and video are copyrighted by Parrots International and/or its contributing photographers and may not be reproduced or exploited in any fashion without permission from Parrots International. Where specific permission for media use has been given, please use the appropriate credit.

For purchase of high resolution photographs contact Parrots International Photos.

For donation to obtain your own DVDs go to our DVD page.

For Information contact us
Or by mail at:
Parrots International
15332 Antioch Ave. #417
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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Our Address and Contact Info

Parrots International
15332 Antioch Ave. #417
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Fax: (310) 454-9915

This page last updated on May 1, 2008.