Biography

Artist-in-Residence:

North Rim, Grand Canyon

Petrified National Forest

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park/Yeon House

Excursions:

New Caledonia

Kakapo

Vermilion Cliffs

Australia, NZ, Oceania

Neotropics, Central and South America

Causes:

Avian health, welfare and well being in-home, local, regional, global

Avian welfare in animal trafficking

Re-introduction biology avian species

Urban Psittacines and Naturalized parrots as conservation units

Animal cruelty in wildlife species specifically avians

Dominica Parrots Loros

Barranqueros Embajadores del Monte

Parrot trafficking in protected lands as driving extinction

What happens to birds after they are confiscated

Seabirds

Non-protected wild avian species

Wildlife rehabilitation

Wildlife disease

Support for Conservation: 

Artwork donated annually to:

Association of Avian Veterinarians

Wildlife Disease Association

American Ornithological Conference

International Ornithological Congress

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

Pacific Seabirds

National Association Wildlife Rehabilitators

SoCal Parrot

Kakapo Recovery

Kea Trust

One Earth Conservation

and others

Veterinary consultations with: Animal Cruelty Task Force of Southern Arizona, ARA Project, Belize Parrot Rescue, Echo Bonaire, Indonesian Parrot Project, Tejano Parrots Project, SoCal Parrot,and others.

 

 

 

Special Achievements: 

AFC 14th Flag Expedition: Kakapo Recovery on Whenua Hou

Dr. Pat Latas is currently serving as a volunteer in consultations for avian health welfare and well-being for SoCal Parrot and Belize Bird Rescue, and other organizations; across the globe and in spectrum from local bird hoarding cases to parasites in wild macaws and evaluation of naturalized urban parrots. She is Co-coordinator for the Wild Parrot Veterinary Section of the Parrot Researchers Group.

Dr. Pat served as the avian wildlife veterinarian for several wildlife care centers, where patients included everything from Costa’s Hummingbirds to Golden Eagles, Roadrunners to Townsend’s Warblers, worm snakes to Gila Monsters... Necropsy and forensic sampling were a large part of the duties.

She was the veterinarian for Arizona Bird Clinic, the only veterinary facility in the state that worked solely with avian species.

Psittacine conservation and rescue are important to Dr. Latas, and she consults with a number of parrot organizations. She also serves on number of committees, including Southern Arizona Animal Cruelty Task Force, Association of Avian Veterinarians Welfare and Conservation Committees.

Dr. Latas was deeply honored to be selected to work as a kakapo volunteer on pristine Whenua Hou Island with the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, in 2011 and 2014.

Dr. Latas has a BS in botany and MS in biology; DVM from Oregon State. Dr. Latas has a certificate in Science Illustration. She worked in dotcom animation and donates traditional and digital artwork to a number of conservation organizations.

Dr. Pat Latas is currently serving as a consultant for avian health, welfare and well-being; across the spectrum from local bird hoarding cases to global conservation of birds and evaluation of naturalized urban parrots. Her interests focus on the health, welfare, well-being, conservation and protection of wild psittacines. Leadership roles in the Parrot Researchers Group, Parrot Conservation Alliance, International Alliance for the Protection of Parrots and past positions with International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, AAV Welfare and Conservation Committees, and the Wildlife Disease Association/Veterinary Section allow her to voice concerns with this imperiled taxon. She believes deeply that detailed understanding of the natural history and ecological niches of diverse species enriches the ability and skills of avian veterinarians.

Her current collaborations include disaster awareness, planning and preparation for psittacine sanctuaries and conservation facilities; welfare issues related to confiscation of live birds from wildlife trafficking; veterinary aspects of wild parrots.

It all started with a tiny, naked house sparrow when she was a little kid. Some how that bird survived and returned to its flock…Her first college career included bird banding, field biology, and ecological studies in Chiapas, Kansas, and other exotic locales. Sidetracked by vet school, she returned to her biology roots as a bird, reptile and wildlife veterinarian. Along the way, she doodled a few sketches.

Dr. Pat served as the avian wildlife veterinarian for several rehabilitation centers, where patients exemplified avian biodiversity: from Costa’s Hummingbirds to Golden Eagles, Roadrunners to Townsend’s Warblers, Touits to Toucans. She was the veterinarian for Arizona Bird Clinic, the only veterinary facility in the state that worked solely with avian species.

While serving as in-house veterinarian for animal shelters and sanctuaries, Dr. Pat learned about the ravages of animal cruelty and ignorance regardless of origin as pets or as wildlife. The conservation and welfare impacts on psittacine species has especially inspired her decades-long perseverance for awareness and protection of these amazing birds; in the home, in local shelters, or in the wild. As a member of the Steering Teams for the Parrot Researcher’s Group and Parrot Conservation Alliance, her veterinary perspective helps formulate and promote welfare issues, disaster preparedness and response, and one-health issues as related to conservation of parrots.

Many collaborations with SoCal Parrot (the only licensed wildlife rehabilitation and release facility solely for the naturalized wild psittacines in Southern California) have extended the data base and knowledge of 3 species of endangered parrots unavailable and inaccessible in their native ranges, along with data from 6 other less-threatened species. Networking with parrot researchers around the world and providing leadership in the Parrot Researchers Group (Steering Team and Coordinator for the Veterinary Working Group) has greatly expanded her learning and teaching moments!

Dr. Latas also serves on number of committees, including Southern Arizona Animal Cruelty Task Force andArizona Bar Animal Law.

Dr. Latas was deeply honored to be selected to work as a kakapo volunteer on pristine Whenua Hou Island with the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, in 2011 and 2014.

Dr. Latas has a DVM from Oregon State; and BS in botany and MS in biology. Dr. Latas has a certificate in Science Illustration and donates numerous art works to charity fundraising. She donates traditional and digital artwork to a number of conservation organizations.

She reminds us all that birds are a treasure not to be squandered.