At one point recently, I had 23 parrots of 7 different species. How did I get here? I’ll start with an exchange with my Mom over Christmas:
Mom: So how many birds do you have now?
Me: I have 23
Mom: Oh, that’s not many
That should give you some insight into my family.
My grandfather lived in Florida and had a large aviary. It contained several hundred lovebirds, which he bred. He had pet birds as well, including an African Grey named Sammy, which he bought at an auction. More on that later.
My grandfather was a bird lover and hobbyist. He wanted to spread the joy of birds to others. He left that if more people enjoy birds, they will be more likely to care about the plight of them in the wild. Consider how dog owners feel about street dogs in Asia, for example.
In January of 1981, the letter below arrived from my grandfather.…