After the Persian Gulf War, Robert Vallières grappled with aneurysms, PTSD, and more. Birds are the ones that brought him back.
Birds exist everywhere we do, so it’s little wonder that they have been important to human cultures from earliest times. Our Flock Together project aims to explore the varied and rich relationships between birds and people around the world. We're highlighting volunteers at avian rehab clinics, ornithologists dedicated to their research subjects, artists who draw attention to the beauty and plight of birds, regular people who go above and beyond to protect backyard birds, and so much more.
If you know of other great tales of humans and their gloriously unique interactions with the birds they love, we want to hear about them. Send a note (and a photo, if possible) to email@example.com.
Tony Amos spent 40 years rescuing and studying wildlife on the Texas coast. After his death, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a new generation is stepping up to continue his legacy.
Lauren McGough became a falconer as a teenager. Now her compassionate training with Miles, a troubled Golden Eagle, has given him a new life.
Once badly injured, the recovered bird now teaches residents of Curaçao about the importance of conservation.
Paper kites are flown competitively over Delhi—where they slice up raptors like Black Kites. These siblings are patching up injured birds and pushing for safer skies.
On the African savanna, a fascinating and unprecedented partnership between people and wild birds gets started with a simple "brrr-hm."
The people of this tiny country have made huge strides to protect the vulnerable bird, including holding an annual festival each November.
After tragedy struck, the Blooms struggled to recover. Taking in an injured magpie turned out to be just what the family needed to begin healing.
Since the time of Kublai Kahn, the Kazakh people have allied with raptors to find sustenance in a barren, mountainous land.
After spending his childhood on the mean streets of D.C., Rodney Stotts found new purpose as a raptor expert and role model for school kids.