- The Long Island Parrot Society Expo and Parrot Palooza are two of the biggest parrot events of the year, and this editor attended both.
Parrot Palooza is billed as the largest pet bird event in the largest pet bird store in the world; Bird Paradise in South Burlington, New Jersey. This event runs the entire Columbus Day weekend plus Friday featuring sales, auctions, toy making/cage building/photo and even pumpkin carving contests and speakers including Josee Bemingham, head vet tech at Hagen and Bird Paradise owner Kathy Lance. The event additionally included a DJ, free parrot food samples and a free barbecue including those yummy mid-Atlantic style soft doughy pretzels. A highlight was the Penguin Races; nine budgie toy wheeled roly poly penguins racing down a track. One bummer note: the NJ Birdman, aka Parrot Bill, had to cancel his Exotic Bird Show originally scheduled for the day this correspondent visited due to a family emergency.
The LIPS Expo, held in Freeport, New York on 10/5 featured keynote speaker Dr. Irene Pepperberg; colleague of world renowned Alex the African grey parrot. (article and video clip: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458346/Parrot-learned-say-I-lov... ) Veterinarian Heather Mattinson, associate certified parrot behaviorist Lisa Bono and northeast American Federation for Aviculture chair Concetta Ferragamo were featured as well. Raffles, silent auctions and a plethora of parrot product purveyors were on hand for this event. On the downside; this MA based editor searched the surrounding 'hood in vain for a slice of genuine New York pizza!
Both events were chock full of exotic birds. Notables of the human variety attending one or both included included The Parrot Club's Dr. Amy Hopkins, Flapping Feathers editor Shelly Orloff, LIPS president Lanette Raymond and Connecticut Association For Aviculture's Bob and Barb Cosgrove; not to mention examiner.com boston's George Sommers.
Yellowbird and Pepita are among the lucky avian beneficiaries of an attendee's visit to both events. The budgie couple got a complete cage makeover with all-new assorted toys and treats and natural hardwood perch.
- Dog helps save African grey from hawk. http://www.phoenixlanding.org/blog/2013/09/losingabirdoutdoors/
- Fleeing man chucks cockatoo at cop http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/17/maybe-dont-do-this-man-arrested-for-...
- Pirate Parrot is 1 of the 8 parrot themed pumpkin stencils being given away at http://www.birdtricks.com/Spooky
- Blue throated macaw now on endangered species list. http://djfeathers.com/Images/Newsfeed/pijac.pdf
- Halloween's coming- is your bird afraid of any of the Top 7 Scary things? http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-behavior-and-training/bird-behavior-issu... -- Even scarier is the Top 10 Bird Killers. http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/topten.html
- World's oldest parrot http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227724/Poncho-parrot-Worlds-old...
- Wild parrots wish they all could be California parrots. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/parrots-531138-groups-trade.html
- Carolina parakeet breeding guide: Step 1: bring 'em back from extinction(?) http://cityparrots.org/journal/2013/10/12/how-to-breed-a-carolina-parake...
- Problem solving parrots understand cause and effect. http://cityparrots.org/journal/2013/10/17/problem-solving-parrots-unders...
- Psittacine cinema: Parrot imitates baby http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/parrot-imitates-baby/1jrbjk131?q=... -- Macaws in slo mo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFQ1d8BSyew -- Cockatoo dancing Gangnam Style http://youtu.be/qTl1asCDOgs -- Not to be outdone is Rosie http://youtu.be/PDaS0mf2TD4 -- How about a tap dancing lovebird? http://youtu.be/RDOKboG5OSA http://youtu.be/u9uRkZcwLG8 -- And some musical accompaniment by this guitar strummin' cockatoo. http://www.care2.com/causes/daily-cute-cockatoos-tunes-on-the-guitar.html
- A green wing macaw named Joker attended the wake of the man who owned him, along with his wife; who relates, "He normally would see Tony & yell, 'Hi!' On this day, he looked at Tony & then me.....he said nothing. I then said to Joker what Tony & I said to him each night....."Bye bye..love you." Joker then 'stepped-up', looked at Tony & said, "Bye bye..love you." I do not know how much he knew/understood. What I do know is that I did all I knew to do to give Joker that closure/understanding & a final good-bye. I hope this helps other parrot parents."
- Smugglers' blues: African greys' unscheduled flight cancelled. http://cityparrots.org/journal/2013/10/16/co-pilot-arrested-for-attempt-... -- More on black market birds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32xAVh3NSYg
- "Just received a call inquiring about the possibility of Snowball in a Hyundai TV commercial. They asked if he would mind if they put a gold chain around his neck and some headphones on him. No, I'm not kidding. LOL," reports Irena Shulz, who will be presenting the latest research on the social aspect of dancing involving parrots at 3pm at Smyrna Community Center 200 Village Green Circle Smyrna GA. Snowball will conclude the presentation by dancing to some of his favorite tunes. There will be a book signing of "Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo", and some of the proceeds will be donated to Miss Vicki's Parrot Village, Inc., a 501c3 parrot rescue. Adults $10 Children 12 and under $5. For info contact Janelle Tait Kovner.
- Health matters: With fall and winter approaching, indoor air quality will become more of an issue for you and your feathered friends. http://www.isabellasaviary.com/1/post/2013/10/indoor-air-for-you-and-you... -- It'as not dog food; it's not cat food - it's BIRD food http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-food-fallout.aspx#.Ul0vkIQUZkQ.facebook -- The hormonal hookbill blues http://birds.about.com/od/behaviorandtraining/tp/Signs-Of-Hormonal-Behav... -- The importance of bathing birds http://www.windycityparrot.com/Why_birds_parrots_need_bathe -- Bumble foot in parrots...must read by Pat Phillips. http://goodbirdinc.blogspot.com/2013/10/bumble-foot-in-parrots.html
- Showtime: 10/17,18: Global Animal Health Conference - Sheraton Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA - Thu 8:30-5:30, Fri 8:30-3:30 - 888-257-6457 -CustomerService@diahome.org -- 10/18-20: 54th Canadian National Cage Bird Show & Expo - Richmond Green Sports Centre, 1300 Elgin Mills Road E., Richmond Hill, Ontario - Sat 11-4, Sun 9:30 -3:30- 647-294-1875 - email@example.com -- 10/19-20: Smoky Mountain Cage Bird Society Bird Fair - Collett Street Rec. Center, 300 Collett St., Morganton, NC - Sat 9-5, Sun 9-4 - 828-433-8036 - firstname.lastname@example.org -- 22nd Annual CT Pet Show & TICA Cat Show - Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT - Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5 - 860-563-2111 x301 email@example.com -- 10/19: Baltimore Bird Fanciers 73rd Annual Bird Show & Mart - Tall Cedars of Lebanon Hall,2501Putty Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD - 9-4- 410-666-8116 - firstname.lastname@example.org -- Mass Cage Bird Association Bird Mart - Holiday Inn Mansfield, 31 Hampshire St. Mansfield, MA 02048 - 9:30-4 - 508-479-2789 - email@example.com -- Seattle Parrot Expo - Lake City Community Center in Seattle, Washington. First parrot expo in Seattle in over 10 years.Sign up for Dr. Susan Friedman's Workshop, Living and Learning with Animals (LLA).Lake City Community Center - 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington -- 10/20: AAS Bird Mart 9-3 El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium 552 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ - FREE Parking, Admission $5. Birds, Cages, Feed, Toys & More! 602-697-7070 --10/26: 26th Annual Birds of a Feather Bird Show - All Dogs Gym, 505 Sheffield Road, Manchester, NH - 10-4 - 603-362-6106 - firstname.lastname@example.org -- Chester County Bird Club’s 25th Annual Bird Show and Mart (ALBS, NAPS, NFSS, NCS)- 880 Springdale Drive, Suite 100, Exton, PA - 10- 5 - 717-497-7530 - email@example.com -- Seattle
-Clubbin': Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society still has tables available for the 11/16-17 expo at the Army National Guard 300 Sixth Street Belmont, NC 28012. If you're interested in being a vendor please send PM, or email, or call 704-812-8283. www.gccbsclub.org
- Deb White will be conducting an enrichment seminar on Avian Play and Toy Design on 11/2 -10-12 Grace Presbyterian Church 7434 Bath Street Springfield,VA http://t.co/aWs7OKZb5C phoenixlanding.org
- Rescue me: - Pulled pork dinner to benefit Frosty and Friends Exotic Bird Rescue; Sun. 10/20 1-5. Wabash Co. REMC bldg-- Join Feathered Sanctuary Sun. 10/20 12-5 for a free bird groom at 2911 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, PA. Call to arrange approximate time. -- Jackson, 3 y.o. Timneh African grey, was mauled by a neighbors’ dog, while owner at home recovering from a knee operation. The owner of the dog originally said she would help with the vet bills but backed off and refuses now to help the owner who can’t work because of her health and is now at $500 in bills. It will cost nearly $1000 to get Jackson back on his feet. You can make a donation with paypal at the following account: firstname.lastname@example.org -- 2014 Feathered Sanctuary calendars are available. Order online or pick up at @[100001528730819:2048:Feathered Sanctuary] If you order online, they accept credit cards and PayPal. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/featheredsanctuary. -- As a proud member of Lancaster CARES, Feathered Sanctuary will have a selection of birds available for adoption at That Fish Place That Pet Place on Sat. 10/26 from 12-4 noon until 4. -- https://ondemand.azpm.org/p/segments/2013/10/14/27633-parrot-sanctuary-p...
- It's the loveboat for parrot enthusiasts as the annual Parrot Lovers' Cruise departs Oct 26 from San Juan, Puerto Rico- Nov 2 sails from San Juan, Puerto Rico through 11/2. - 570-470-0034 -email@example.com
- Stolen: Overnight 10/13-14 thieves targeted a private bird house at Southampton, Hants in England and stole 400 top quality exhibition budgerigars together valued at £60,000-00. This was a planned theft and well executed by a team of thieves. The birds have aluminium rings with the inscription ‘FREBO’. This is not an isolated incident. John Hayward National Theft Register Tel: 01869 325699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.parrotmag.com/lost-and-found-register- Found: Conure, Queensland, Australia http://www.parrotalert.com/F11261 -- Found: parakeet (budgie) Chicago, Ill. http://www.parrotalert.com/F3369 -- Found: grey cockatiel impounded at Glastonbury (CT) Animal Control.
- Last word is from the ever popular Disco the budgie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGHpW_4Oxoo
- News tips from: Lyn Lomasi, Ed Remedio, WindyCity Parrot, Dennis Bohn, Angela Cancilla Herschel, Natalie Frissore, "BirdKeeper", The Parrot Club Bulletin, Flapping Feathers newsletter, Isabella's Aviary, Linda Bringle Pearl, Arlene Levin, Rick Foster, Diane Cardullo, Deb Coco Henderson, Barbara Heidenreich, DJ Feathers Aviary, Linda Bringle Pearl, Deb White, American Federation fro Aviculture email group, Care 2 Causes