The idea for Feather Link was conceived in 2002 and the corporation was founded in January of 2003. Projects underway at that time consisted of the ecological site survey of the penguins of Isla Noir, Chile focusing on the Rockhopper Penguin and Macaroni Penguin as well as efforts to expand public awareness of Migratory Bird Days, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. The survey of Isla Noir caught the attention of BirdLife International and our work there continues to grow.
Future projects in the early development stage will focus on the importance of public education and the critical need for conservation-based research. Feather Link's expertise in avian care and research methodologies will spawn customized research programs that will invite our clients to become partners in informative conservation based programs. Feather Link hopes to inspire people to learn more about birds and bird conservation by imparting our passion for birds through example.
We work on the island for a short time each year and in the lab the rest. But we have to be fundraising all of the time.
David A. Oehler
Director of Animal Collections and former Director of Bird, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Instrumental in reintroducing the Blue and Gold Macaw to Trinidad. Author of numerous ornithological papers and articles (Wilson Journal of Ornithology, AZA Regional Conference Proceedings, Aviculture Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest).
Internationally aclaimed wildlife artist, author and natualist. Winner of the Federal Duck Stamp competition. First Duck's Unlimited Artist of the Year. Recipient of the Nathional Medal of Arts.
Edward J. Maruska
Past Executive and Director Emeritus, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Former Interim Director, Los Angeles Zoo. Former Director Director, American Association of Zoo Parks and Aquariums. Scientific Board Member, International Gorilla Foundation, Author of Amphibians: Creatures of the Land and Water.
Manuel Marin Aspillaga
Ph.D. in Zoology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Research Associate, Section of Ornithology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California
Alejandro Enrique Kusch Schwarzenberg
Graduate of the University of Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile and project leader for long-running population study of Andean Condors in southern Chilean patogonia.