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Each year we attempt to surpass our lineup of Speakers; all to ensure that as delegates you receive the best possible opportunity for an educational, inspiring, and memorable experience. We bring in Speakers from across Australia, but also in every corner of the World. This guarantees a wide array of expertise, all in one place for the Parrots 2024 Convention!
Below you will see everyone who will be gracing the stage for the International Parrots 2024 Convention in North Brisbane, Queensland. To grab some tickets, click the link below.
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DR NEIVA GUEDES
Neiva is a Conservation Biologist, the Hyacinth Macaw Institute President, Professor Dr in Environment and Regional Development of Uniderp, Coordinator of Hyacinth Macaw Project and Urban Birds Project – Macaws in the City (Projeto Aves Urbanas - Araras na Cidade).
Neiva M. R. Guedes, graduated with a Bachelor in Biological Sciences by UFMS (1987), went on to obtain her Masters in Forestry Sciences by ESALQ/USP (1993), and polished off an impressive higher education portfolio with her Doctorate in Biological Sciences (Zoology) by UNESP/Botucatu (2009).
Neiva is the President of the Hyacinth Macaw Institute. She is also the Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Environment and Regional Development of Uniderp University. Since 1990 she has been executing and coordinating the Hyacinth Macaw Project, where she has developed studies on the basic biology and monitoring of the species, Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus, threatened with extinction until December 2014, when it left the Brazilian List of Endangered Species but remains vulnerable on the IUCN list.
In 2016 Neiva established a partnership with researchers from Bolivia and Paraguay for a Conservation Program of the Hyacinth Macaw in the Pantanal Biome.
In 2011 she started the Urban Birds Project - Macaws in the City, where she studied the establishment of macaws in the city. She participates in the research line: Use and Conservation of Pantanal and Cerrado Biodiversity, with researchers from the Postgraduate Program in Environment and Regional Development of Uniderp University.
Neiva promotes and coordinates education and environmental awareness activities with children and students and stimulates the Scientific and Pedagogical Tourism; as well as the citizen science involving the inhabitants in the activities of nature conservation.
Neiva supports the Conservation Program of the Lear's Macaw in Bahia and supports and collaborates with the Spix's Macaw in Nature Program. She was part of the team of the Program of Monitoring of Hyacinth Macaws in Tocantins. Neiva was part of the team of the Conservation Project of the Hyacinth Macaws in the Carajás mosaic.
Neiva supports the Art of Making and Recycling Project and the "Ponto de Cultura da Rede Morena Arte de Fazer e Reciclar" in Campo Grande-MS. She has experience in general biology, working mainly on the following subjects: Pantanal, Hyacinth Macaw, conservation, wildlife management, reproduction, observation tourism and environmental education.
She published several works in chapters of books, articles in periodicals and annals of congresses; as well as lecturing extensively in Brazil and abroad.
Neiva is the author of book "Blue Jewels across the Pantanal skies", with pictures of Luciano Candisani, launched in 2012 and is the author of six chapters of the book "Araras da Cidade - Música do Mato", of Thiago Quevedo, published in 2012.
Neiva also supervises students in research projects, Scientific initiation, Masters, Doctorate and Post Doctoral. She is on the Board of Parrots International, based in Los Angeles. She is a teacher in the subjects: Biodiversity - Use and Conservation, Ecology of Ecosystems and Seminars (in collaboration). She is part of the Network of Specialists in Nature Conservation.
Randy Berry lives in Caserta, Italy. He has been very passionate for wildlife since an early age making a way for him in becoming a very passionate Aviculturist. Randy, along with his brother William partner in Berry Brothers Aviaries, one of the largest collections of birds in their region, with over one hundred and fifty different species.
These include a huge array of parrots and softbills. Randy is planning to open up as a zoo in the near future. Today he jumps at any chance to collaborate with breeders, conservation projects and zoological institutions around the world to preserve species in captivity.
He regularly shares his passion on television nature programs and at conferences around the globe. Randy is very interested in evolving areas of Aviculture, such as the part technology can play in providing us with greater information to care and learn about our birds.
Randy’s key areas of focus at the Parrots 2024 Convention will be on the keeping and breeding of the Blue-Throated Macaw, an insight into one of Italy’s best Softbill Collections during "An Evening with Randy Berry", and the role technology can play in Aviculture.