The Schubot Center, directed by Dr. Sarah Hamer, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has officially been renamed as the Schubot Center for Avian Health.
“We are excited for the Center name to reflect our broad, inclusive, and expanding work to study birds, ranging from caged birds to wild populations, conservation, genetics, health, and more,” Hamer said.
“Our logo features a few key species with great significance to the Center,” she said. “First, the endangered Whooping Crane has only a single natural migratory population that winters exclusively here in Texas, and Schubot members have been studying crane disease ecology and have sequenced the genome of the species to open new doors for conservation.
“Second, the Scarlet Macaw is the largest parrot in the world and popular in the aviculture community; researchers with Schubot work on conservation and chick survival of macaws in the wild including a longstanding conservation program based in Tambopata, Peru. Third, the monk parakeet (also known as quaker parrot) is endemic to South America with many feral/invasive populations across cities in the the USA, Europe, and more. The Schubot Aviary has more than 100 monk parakeets that are used for research, teaching, and outreach.”