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Margaret Maffai, Contributor

Margaret Maffai
Margaret Maffai is a freelance writer and editor, and occasional lawyer. She writes about legal issues and news relating to pet birds for

Growing up in Oregon, Margaret has always loved nature and animals, A life-long SCUBA diver, she has explored underwater wildlife from Hawaii to Vietnam, Croatia to Egypt. While living in Cairo in 2010, she was adopted by a terrier mix named Whiskey, who saw her safely through the Egyptian Revolution and later moved with her to Geneva, Switzerland, where Margaret worked for the United Nations.

They now live in central Oregon where Margaret writes about pets, private military contractors, human rights, and current events. She raids her father's vegetable garden to supply her Italian cooking, and maintains a very active worm compost system.

Margaret earned her BA with a double major in Philosophy and Italian from the University of Oregon and her JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

50 Shades Of An African Grey: An Ingénue Is Drawn To A Dominant Parrot With A Dark Past
A topical "parroty” (parody) offering explicit lessons in first-time owner missteps, parrot behavior and training.

Brief Trade Ban Not Enough To Save Wild African Greys
"Recent reports indicate the situation seems to be worsening,” says World Parrot Trust expert. BirdChannel takes a look into the wild African grey bird trade.

High Crimes & Parrot Health: Implications Of Loosening Marijuana Restrictions For You & Your Bird
There are several legal and ethical issues bird owners should consider as many U.S. states move to legalize or decriminalize medical and recreational marijuana use

Bird Custody: What Happens To Your Bird When You & Your Partner Divorce?
Since the law still treats pet birds as property, understanding what will happen to your pet bird post-divorce is crucial.

Bird Welfare Organizations: Do You Know How To Fundraise?
How bird welfare orgs and tech savvy volunteers can work together during the holidays (and year around).

Carry-on Companion: Can your service bird join you on your next flight?
With proper documentation, domestic airlines allow emotional support animals – including birds – to accompany owners with disabilities.

Laws, Codes & Ordinances To Consider Before Building Your Aviary
Before you start building your aviary, learn the local rules, restrictions and zoning laws you might have in your area.

The Implications Of Marijuana & Other Drug Cultivation For The World’s Birds
What is the international environmental impact of marijuana and other drug agriculture on bird habitat as U.S. states move to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use? BirdChannel investigates.

More Than Just A Hoot: Oregon Barred Owl Attacks Tell A Bigger Story
How human-caused habitat change and an adaptable, competitive species are threatening spotted owls — and early-morning joggers — in Oregon’s capital.

What The Potential Risks and Rewards for Cuba’s Birds of Re-establishing Ties With The United States Are
Parrot chicks in bra cups, tortoises in parachute pants, and the search for the world’s most elusive woodpecker: How U.S. moves to re-open relations with Cuba could affect bird research, conservation and the fight against wildlife trafficking.

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