– Good news for wild parrots (for a change):Massive flock of swift parrots, thought to be endangered, recently sighted in Australia. http://ow.ly/dbVH6 http://ow.ly/dbVH6 News alert from Emmett Renshaw
– Combine the speech, intelligence and play drive of a three year old child with the nutritional needs of a diabetic with high cholesterol. Then wrap that into a sexually mature 37 year old with a body no taller than a foot and you get The African Grey Parrot by Angel Knutson.
– This is the story about Hurricane: American FederationFor Aviculture northeast chair Concetta Ferragamo advises: if you are in the path of the hurricane, suffer damage and need help with your birds, contact Disaster Relief Chair, Fred Smith, 836-858-6739 or AFA Office, Rick Jordan, 512-585-9800. Write these numbers down before you need them! — AFA Disaster Relief Programwww.afabirds.org/drf2008.shtml From Kathy Pierce.
– September 4th is the deadline to fill a private, protected survey on Hyacinth, Scarlet, Buffon and Military Macaws. According to the American Federation For Aviculture, because they are already protected by CITES Appendix I, the currently proposed listing on the Endangered Species Act will limit breeding programs in the USA. Proposed ESA listing of macaws-Survey – Avian Avenue
As reported by Linda Rubin of Aves Communication and Promotion..
– A history of parrots includes vintage photographs, interesting if not always accurate parrot information from the 1850s to the 1960s, the natural history of wild species, parrot collectibles, advertising with and about parrots, over 20 articles on the Carolina Parakeet, and more. Sally Blanchard‘s web page is: https://companionparrotonline.com/Parrot_History.html
– Contests for parrot people!: Win an original watercolor painting of Alex the African grey by Arlene Powers! a http://alexfoundation.org/2012/08/29/5-years-later/– Photo Contest at BIRDS USA! The Bird Channel announced that the magazine BIRDS USA is having a photo contest. The two categories are: “Food Delight,” and “Winging It.” For each category, they will award first, second and third prizes. The first-prize winner wins $150, second place will receive $100 and third will win $75.
– Conure Living in the Momentbestparrotvideos.com
– Unpleasant but important info for parrot people: 10 Top Reasons for Parrot Death10 Top Reasons for Parrot Death10 Top Reasons for Parrot Death featheredangels.wordpress.com From Ellen Schloss. and yet more depressing news: Bacterial Alert – “The Kiss of Death” « Feathered Angels featheredangels.wordpress.com
– It’s showtime!: Birds Of A Feather 25th Annual Bird Show and Mart is scheduled for Sept. 15; 10-4 at the All Dogs Gym, 505 Sheffield Rd., Manchester, NH Info: 14th Annual BOAF Bird Show – Birds Of A Feather Avicultural … (yes, I know it says 14th – ignore that!) firstname.lastname@example.org (603) 362-6106.
– You sexy thing: Dr. Scott McDonald will be in Maiden, NC on Friday, 9/14 at 2pm at Maiden Animal Hospital for people needing to have birds sexed. From Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society. www.scottemcdonald.com
– Birdie Bagel Brunch Sunday, September 9th. Owners will talk. Birdies will squawk. $10 per human, birdies eat freee! Bagels, coffee, fruit and juice. RSVP (805) 969-1944. From Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary.
– Bird people in the news: — 4-H members fly high at avian workshops in San Antonio | AgriLife Today including a presentation by northeast American Federation For Aviculture coordinator and friend o’ the column Concetta Ferragamo.— California, here she comes:Weymouth, MA’s own avian expert Robin Shewokis headlines an Enrichment Workshop at Rodie’s in Clayton, CA Sunday, September 30 at 9:00am in PDT at Rodie’s Feed & Pet Supply. — Elke Hanna reports that she bumped into her African grey timneh‘s cage, almost knocking him off his perch; causing him to call her (and since this is a G-rated column; rhymes with) “other trucker”. — The recent American Federation For Aviculture convention was not without controversy – and even a heckler, as Patricia Sund relatesControversy « Parrot Nation parrotnation.com/2012/08/31/controversy/ …And Patricia has just been signed on as a writer for In Your Flock magazine. www.inyourflock.com
–Rescue me:— Steve Plafchan talks bird rescue at the Ann Arbor Pet Fest.ANN ARBOR: Annual Pet Fest brings rescue … – Heritage Newspaperswww.heritage.com/articles/2012/08/13/ann_arbor_journal/news/… Brought to this column’s attention by Sheldon Orloff. — Massachusetts enacts new law protecting companion animals in restraining orders. GEVHA – Massahusetts enacts new law that includes companion … Thanks to friend Viki Bullock. — Jack’s Story video is from Diane Dwyer. —
Blue Skies Exotic Pet Sanctuary specializes in exotics, including parrots.– The Need for Rescue and Sanctuary in the 21st Century comes to us from Steve Lazicki; who also worries about his own organization’s rescue birds in the upcoming cold New England winter. www.indiegogo.com/projectwarmth
– A-holes of the week: sensitive people may want to skip this article, alerted to us by Viki Bullock: Owner Finds Rare Parrots Decapitated – Denver News Story …
– Steve Brookes leads groups on trips to around the world to watch ‘WILD PARROTS UP CLOSE’ parrots in their natural habitats. Although based in the UK, clients come from all over including the US, Australia and Europe. AND you can subscribe to Steve’s WILD PARROTS MAGAZINE , featuring photos and info from past expeditions for FREE.
– What do Bubble Wrap and Safety Helmets, not to mention helicopter parenting have to do with parrots? Patricia Sund explains.
– Momma told him there’d be days like these: Mucky tells me about his hard day. says Fran Giallorenzi‘s cockatiel.
– Lost and found: LOST Cockatiel Parrot / Bird – Cardington, Ohio, OH, United States…www.parrotalert.com/L543 From Viki Bullock.– Sugar, a 3 year old green cheek conure, flew out the door on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in the Lake Dalhousie area off of Bill Collins Road in Eustis, Florida. She is a hand raised bird with NO marking band on her leg. Please contact Florida Parrot Rescue at email@example.com. Reward offered! Reported by Jenette Hempelmann,.–Do you know where Phoenix is? – Wingwise asks Lonarae Harner.
– No translation necessary: “Australian Bird Keeper” offers a series of guides on the keeping and care of assorted pet birds. And this month, free shipping to Oz residents! http://ow.ly/dfb96
– International artist Eric Peake http://www.ericpeake.co.uk/. specializes in bird paintings, including parrots; and comes highly recommended by Boston aviculturist, and judge at the upcoming BOAF show Linda Rubin.
– LETTERS: Su of Flapping Feathers has a different perspective on the new golden macaws.”Too bad people feel compelled to tinker with nature. Selecting for certain genes can have unanticipated and sometimes unfortunate consequences. The wild state produced a lovely bird; we should be content with that. These are living beings we are messing with.” To which Linda Reusmann repliers, “I believe this is a color mutation, and not the result of people-tinkering, or hybridization. Mutations are part of nature; they occur all the time, although most are not visual. The trick with a new color mutation is to outcross, outcross, outcross to the “normal” coloration in order to have as large a gene pool as possible. Most color mutations do not come with any ‘side effects'”.
– Last word (or whistle, really) comes from this African grey: If I Only Had A Brain….. – YouTube
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