Director and Staff


Director and Staff

Chris Biro

BRI Executive Director

Chris Biro, BRI Founder & Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director, BRI

Mr. Biro has enjoyed a lifelong passion for parrots, and has been flying and training parrots since 1993. He is nationally and internationally recognized as an educational speaker and trainer with expertise in free flight training, Ethology-based training, and Operant Conditioning training methods. He is a pioneer in the field of teaching other avian enthusiasts about successfully living with and training free-flighted birds. Chris has written numerous articles on these subjects and is sought out as an expert by trainers, ornithologist, researchers, and bird enthusiast.

Chris has been a guest speaker on free flight training at events including the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) Conference, National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation (NPRPF), International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) Conference, and Parrots International Symposium. He has also presented seminars in France, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Chris founded BRI in 2011 with the vision of applying successful new approaches to saving endangered bird species in the U.S and around the word. He serves as BRI’s full time Executive Director.

Chris is a veteran (U.S. Army Paratrooper and Drill Sergeant), and lives near Portal, Arizona.

Constance Woodman

Connie & Thick-billed Parrot

BRI Board Secretary, Constance Woodman at AFA Convention 2013

Vice President & Secretary, Board of Directors, BRI

Ms Woodman is the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) State Coordinator, Rhode Island. She has been working with the conservation community since 2001. She is particularly interested in the transition of animals from human environments into wild environments. Relating to that area of knowledge she has successfully participated in the breeding, rearing, and released extirpated native owls under government permit, as well as practiced licensed rehabilitation of human impacted wildlife for release. Her area of academic research is the transfer of predator-related information between animals. She has a strong background in public education and public participation in conservation and scientific programs, having developed conservation education programming with museums, zoos, institutes, two universities, and a National Park. Connie has her PhD program from Texas A & M.

Svenning Bernstrøm

Svenning Bernstrom, Interim Board Member

Interim Board member of Directors, BRI

Svenning Bernstrøm Curriculum Vitae

Mr Bernstrøm completed a research master in cultural science, Cand. Phil. Diploma, from The University of Oslo in 1999 and has worked as a lecturer and teacher since 1998. His special interest is to investigate learning theory and symbols.

Svenning Bernstrøm has been keeping parrots as pets since 1982. He is passionately working to help people improve all aspects of parrot keeping through his web site, Bernstrøm has published an e-book on parrot husbandry and basic training in 2010. Svenning obtained a private pilots licence, at the age of 17, in 1988 and has since also flown solo in sailplanes. This background in sport aviation and a period of more than 30 years of parrot keeping has led him to get involved in freeflying parrots. He is the proud owner of three blue and gold macaws and one greenwing macaw, all being trained for freeflying.

Bernstrøm is currently working to promote freeflying and sport flying parrots by setting up stands and giving small parrot shows locally in the Oslo area as well as organizing fly ins for members of the Hookbill Flying Club which he initiated in 2012. Svenning has translated Chris Biros Training Manual into Norwegian.

Bernstrøm is the Scandinavian representative, responsible for raising awareness, support and generating funds for Bird Recovery International.

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