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Where did this start? Part 2: A Bird In the Hand

While working with the BREEF ConZoovation Summer camp at Ardastra Gardens in 2012 the keepers told me they had a hummingbird that had gotten caught in a spider web. For me, saving Webber (the name I gave him while writing the blog) was important. His wing was actually tied to his little body and several of his tail feathers came out while removing the web. It was pretty sad to see his one wing fluttering and him spin around in the box like a firecracker with a broken stem. We got the web off and he just lay there panting, but Alma Davis the senior keeper at Ardastra brought some sugar water (a trick I learned from Joe Wunderle, Ornithologist extraordinaire). We juiced Webber up and he quickly took off. After landing for a second on the edge of the sugar water bowl and then the rafter in the enrichment room, we caught him again and he was set free.

Webber the hmmingbird in sugar water

Holding a hummingbird was one of my turning points to being an Eco-Warrior. Andros Island Bahamas during bird banding on the Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Program, we measured hundreds of native and migrant birds caught in mist nets, but when you hold a hummingbird something changes and you can’t go back. You also never know when you will get the chance to again.

I am hoping this kind of change happens for the kids at the summer camp too. they got to hand feed the Loris and march with the Flamingos.


If you have ever heard me speak of my time on the Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Program, you would know how much it meant for me as a scientist and how it has changed my life. Long story short, if it wasn’t for the Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Program, Alma and I would not have had #LeonardoDavis. So this past week in Ohio for Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s trip to Magee marsh with Ronald Brown Academy students, Dave Ewert and I reconnected. Leonardo seemed pretty impressed as well. Dave still continues to do lots of different things, but for myself and the students that went through the program, I think it’s safe to say he will always hold a special place for us.

Great to see you Dave!


Dave Ewert meets Leo
Dave Ewert meets Leonardo

Speaking to the youths

Legal Science

These links speak to what others are doing in terms of science used as evidence in legal proceedings.
In this era of environmental degradation and our attempts to use legal avenues to stop, challenge or remediate environmental impacts, we need to go about it in the right way. I am not saying that any of the sites have it perfectly worked out. I am saying that the discussion has started and they make some great points. We need to start the discussion in the Bahamas.


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