Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Nature: Monday, Oct. 14:

PARROT SANCTUARY: Many birds in the parrot family experience neglect and abuse. Maltreatment can cause these birds to pluck out their feathers and mutilate themselves, a behavior that comes from the stress of dealing with such abuse.

JAGUAR PROJECT: The jaguar is the largest wild cat in the Americas. Residents in Arizona live relatively close to a breeding population of these felines. They can be found in our neighbor to the south- in the state of Sonora, Mexico. People there are working hard to protect the animal. The jaguars are living in rugged and isolated territory where they are being protected from hunting or other human activity.

RAPTOR FLIGHT PRESENTATION: In the cooler months at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, birds of prey show off their beauty and power in an exciting presentation called Raptor Free Flight. The birds spend time resting and molting over the hot summer months, but that means extra preparations are necessary when fall comes around.

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