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In 1978 Jerry received two world first breeding awards for the Ariel Toucan and the Emerald Toucanet. Seven more first breedings of toucans followed over the next ten years leading to the world's largest collection of toucans that has numbered as many as 25 species and currently over 350 individuals.

Jerry's interest in toucans eventually led him to visit Central and South America. In 1994 Jerry acquired 200 acres of coastal rainforest habitat near Golfito in the Osa area of Southwestern Costa Rica. A measure of Jerry's dedication to conservation, this property has been set aside to protect a variety of bird and mammal species including the Swainson's Toucan and the Fiery Billed Aracari and several species of new world primates. An ecotourism lodge is eventually planned for this site. While other breeders talk about conservation, we at Emerald Forest Bird Gardens take action.

In 1996 Jerry acquired property in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, which has been developed into a breeding farm for several species of Ramphastids not currently maintained in collections in North America. The offspring from this farm have been imported into the United States beginning in 2002 to add to the breeding collection at Emerald Forest Bird Gardens. These include the Chestnut Eared Aracari, Ivory Bill Aracari and the Curl Crested Aracari and are the sole source for these birds in the USA.

Jerry is a retired attorney in San Diego, California. He spends most of his time managing Emerald Forest Bird Gardens and traveling to his projects in Latin America.

He has written numerous articles on the management of toucans, toucanets, and aracaris and has lectured on the subject in North and South America. He is a contributor to the book, "Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of South American Wild Animals", 2001, Iowa State University Press.

Jerry is the founder of the American Federation of Aviculture and served as its president from 1973-76 and 1985-87. He is a life member of the International Wild Waterfowl Association and a Life Member of the Avicultural Society of America, the latter of which he serves as the Director of their Annual ConferenceHe is a member of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Director of the Toucan Preservation Center, a non-profit research foundation. He is fluent in Spanish and German and speaks some Norwegian.