I’m a NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, an ORISE Fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey, a Consultant Conservation Biologist with Terwilliger Consulting, a Research Scientist at the University of Connecticut, and a Subject Editor at the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology.
I consider myself an integrative ecologist and generally study how disturbance, like climate change and habitat loss, affects the distribution and extinction risk of birds and other animals. Additionally, I do research in the fields of science communication and education.
Aside from ecological research, I’m an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equality in science, and am personally a first-generation college student, disabled military veteran, single-parent, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I sometimes write about social justice issues in science, like this article on the barriers to open science and how remote postdoctoral jobs can be a tool for more inclusiveness in STEM. I believe Black Lives Matter and that it is my role, as a white, cis-male, to use my privilege to the benefit of those not as privileged as I am. While it certainly benefits science and conservation to be diverse, inclusive, and equitable, I believe it is just the right and just thing to do and needs no further justification.
Additionally, I am a science communicator and regularly write, perform, and appear on podcasts to discuss science, conservation, and being a scientist.
I hang out with my daughter in my spare time, and we often spend time outdoors birdwatching, metal detecting, fishing, and rockhounding. I also enjoy restoring vintage items, such as cast iron pans, furniture, and watches. I also have two cats who have been keeping me company during this pandemic. Please follow me on Twitter if you feel like it – @KRBurgio!
I am sure I saw a pair of the parrots in Guilford Ct. drinking out of a puddle. It was about 15 years ago. There were two so I don’t think it was an escaped pet.
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You very likely saw Monk Parakeets, a species originally from South America but started building up populations in coastal Connecticut and many other places in the world after so many pets were released or escaped. I did my undergraduate research on populations in West Haven and Stratford!
We’ve had a flock of 15 – 20 birds that look just like your parrots near Lyons,
CO every spring for a few days each year for 15 years. They don’t hang around long but look exactly like the Carolina Parakeets. FYI
Craig, do you have any photos or detailed observations of these parrots?
I’m a bird watcher also. Your aunt Jean was telling me about you today and I was very impressed. She works for my mother