Our Advisory Board members provide generous support, guidance and inspiration. We greatly appreciate the time and effort they donate to BRI.

    2022 Members

    Dr. Donald J. Brightsmith, Ph.D.

    Dr. Don Brightsmith, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Health at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University and the Director of the Tambopata Macaw Project at the Tambopata Research Center in the rain forests of southeastern Peru.

    Dr. Brightsmith is a parrot conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience studying wild parrots in Peru and other areas of Latin America who has degrees from Cornell University (Natural Resources, BS), University of Arizona (Wildlife Ecology, MS) and Duke University (Zoology, PhD).

    He is a member of the Advisory Board for Parrots International as well as a co-coordinator for the Neotropical Region of the Parrot Researcher’s Group.

    He has also published scientific articles on a wide variety of parrot related topics including reintroduction, ecology, conservation, reproduction, clay lick use, genetics, behavioral training, and nutrition.

    Dr. Brightsmith Elected as Fellow Member by American Ornithological Society

    Dr. Mark L. Stafford

    Dr. Mark L. Stafford


    President, Parrots International

    Dr. Mark L. Stafford is the Co-Founder of Parrots International. A dentist with a conservation background — Dr. Stafford received BA degrees in both Environmental Biology and Environmental Studies.

    Dr. Stafford and his wife, Marie, donate their time and resources to travel into the field to visit and evaluate “in situ” conservation projects. They document their observations through extensive photos and videos of parrots in the wild, which are displayed on the PI site.

    Dr. Susan Clubb, DVM

    Dr. Susan Clubb, DVM

    Consulting Veterinarian, and Owner, Rainforest Clinic for Birds & Exotics, Inc.

    Dr. Clubb is a highly recognized Board Certified practitioner of Avian Veterinarian Medicine with over 30 years experience working with all types of birds and exotic animals. Her specialty is psittacine birds (Parrots). This experience has been augmented by working, not only in the United States, but by working with breeders, zoos, conservation organizations, and other avian enthusiasts in Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Indonesia.

    Dr. Brian Speer, DVM

    Dr. Brian Speer, DVM

    Avian Veterinarian and President/Director of The Medical Center for Birds

    Dr. Speer runs a “bird’s only” veterinarian practice in the San Francisco Bay area and is the President and Director of The Medical Center for Birds. He is a consultant for The Veterinary Information Network (Avian Medical Boards) and the Maui Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.

    In 2003 he was the recipient of the Lafeber award for excellence in private practice of avian medicine and surgery and in 2006, was named Speaker of the Year for the North American Veterinary Conference. Brian is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), is a much sought after guest speaker in the international avicultural and zoological communities, and is extensively published.

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    With your gift you are investing in nature’s future and become a partner with BRI as we work to save endangered birds through reintroduction programs, research, education, and habitat conservation efforts.

    Donations made to Bird Recovery International are tax exempt. BRI is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization. IRS TIN # 26-0172673