On October 20, 2018 birder Peter Kaestner '71 saw his 9000th bird while in Puerto Rico, becoming the first American to reach this milestone. The 9000th bird was a Puerto Rican Parrot, which Peter says "The Puerto Rican Parrot is a perfect bird for this milestone. First, it reflects my heritage, as my mother, Alice Reed, spent many of her formative years living in San Juan. While she passed away while I was quite young, her international roots undoubtedly affected my decision to become a U.S. Diplomat. Second, getting a USA bird, it is great to recognize the wonderful avifauna of our great country and its Caribbean possession. Third, I found the bird adjacent to a facility that is working to bolster the populations of this endangered psitticine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and their many partners, do essential work to protect and nurture our unique natural resources, including the critically endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. Finally, I wanted to support the people of Puerto Rico who are working their way back from last year’s disastrous hurricanes. While much remains to be done here in terms of development, the tourist infrastructure is in good shape. Come bird unique Puerto Rico!" To read more about Peter's story, visit the Friends School Alumni Facebook page.