Mike J. Parr, President of the American Bird Conservancy has a lifelong devotion to wildlife conservation, a deep understanding of the threats facing birds in the Americas, and a genuine passion for ABC’s mission, including its science-based, solutions-oriented approach.
Parr joined ABC in 1996 after graduating from the University of East Anglia and working for BirdLife International. He is the author or co-author of three books: Parrots: A Guide to the Parrots of the World, Important Bird Areas in the United States, and The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation, along with numerous articles and papers. An avid birder, Parr lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
- Tell us about connectivity and full life-cycle management and how does the example of BirdScapes/investments in agroforestry relate?
- Why there is a need to increase the provisions of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act? What is the status?
- A gaze in the crystal ball looks bleak, What do you think the future holds for birds? A lot of people are worried that climate change and human population increases will destroy our environment.
- What can we learn from the British approach?
- Why is there a need for good regulatory environment with the voice of the people speaking up?
- What lessons can be drawn from the Papahānaumokuākea and sea level rise, that is these albatrosses – the need for high islands.
- What is going on with conservation in the current administration – the Sage-Grouse situation, chlorpyrifos, Santa Ana to name a few
- Some conservation topics are Management plans – NRCS and states, the EPA situation and NWRefuge integrity – public lands in general. What is the underlying issue?
- What are some of the main habitat issues east and west in the United States, and what can be done about them?
- Some topics are Diversity of eastern forest habitats, Loss of ranches to crops, Water issues and riparian forests, Fire management, NRCS and farm bill incentives – grazing rotation, fence marking, conifer removal, prairie restoration N, and S
- What are some of the ABC efforts currently underway that supports this mission
- You are a birder since a young child; tell us how you became interested, and what are your favorite birds.
- It may seem at times overwhelming. What can an individual do on a personal level to help stem the tide?
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