A World Renowned author and lecturer, Rick has spent the past 18 years working in some the most prestigious Psittacine collections, both, here in the United States, and abroad. He has shared the knowledge he has gained through his experiences in three books, Parrot Incubation Procedures, and Parrots: Hand-feeding and Nursery Management (Co-authored with Howard Voren), both published by Silvio Mattachione and Co. A new book titled African Parrots, co-authored with Jean Pattison (The African Queen) was released in 1999 and is available from the publisher (Hancock House Publishing) or the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. Rick’s fourth book, A Guide To the Macaws is slated to be published in 2003 by Australian Birdkeeper. Additionally, Rick has authored over 150 articles that have appeared in such magazines as The AFA Watchbird, BirdWorld, Parrot World, the AAV Journal, Parrots Magazine, and many others.
Even though he keeps busy with his own collection of birds, Rick finds time to do volunteer work as well. As a former First Vice President of the American Federation of Aviculture Inc. (AFA), he knows the importance of staying involved with the National and International workings of aviculture. Currently he is the AFA CITES Committee Chairman where he monitors and provides input to the Convention pertaining to the keeping and trading of birds on a worldwide basis.
Rick is owner/partner of Hill Country Aviaries, L.L.C., in Dripping Springs, Texas with his friend, Mark Moore. This collection boasts over 500 pairs of parrots of over 70 species, and an additional 75 pairs of non-parrot type birds. His facility participates in several Species Survival Plans and Studbooks, and has been awarded two U.S. First Breeding Awards through the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. Rick enjoys the challenge of “aviculture” and hopes that his work will someday have a direct and positive impact on the conservation of parrots in the wild. He is a firm believer in the benefits of captive breeding, and the supply and trade in captive-bred birds to reduce the pressures on wild flocks of the same species.