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 woildlife 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.