Learning about the Friends of the National Parks Foundation’s (FNPF) successful attempt to save the world’s most endangered bird inspired me to create the video and original music for Bali Starling – Saving an Endangered Species. Since using the Bali Starling’s natural sounds might encourage more illegal bird collectors, and lead to more poaching and the path to extinction, I used piccolos instead to sing the starlings’s carefree voices, and the tune of bamboo flutes to call out their plight. Hopefully my video will lead to more donations and expand the Bali Starling Nestbox Program, an initiative by FNPF on the island of Nusa Penida, which will help these beautiful birds to breed more quickly and securely. Read More
The national bird of Bali, the endemic Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) was first described and named by English ornithologist Lord Walter Rothschild. Currently fighting for its survival, this enchanting bird is victim to the illegal bird trade and global trafficking. Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) established a sanctuary on the Nusa Penida group of islands – Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan, just off the coast of Bali, where, in cooperation with local communities, it provides a haven for this critically endangered bird.