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From the parrot's beak: August already? edition

Updated on July 30, 2016
Northeast AFA chair Concetta Ferragamo with some of the rare parrots that may be on hand for the 2016 AFA conference. - Photo by George Sommers
Northeast AFA chair Concetta Ferragamo with some of the rare parrots that may be on hand for the 2016 AFA conference. - Photo by George Sommers

- It's the Big One, Elizabeth: If you're owned by a pet bird of any type; from pet store parakeet to the mighty scarlet macaw, and have the means, get your tail feathers to the American Federation of Aviculture 2016 Conference. Workshops, photo ops, topflight bird experts and raffles are available to inform and entertain, and some events are FREE. That includes a "yuge" vendor area with every conceivable type of product for birds - think toys - not to mention bird themed fashion accessories and geegaws for bird obsessed humans.This is the first time in 42 years the conference takes place in the northeast - Cromwell, CT and, "Ladies and gentlemen, it most likely won't be back in the northeast for many years to come, if ever - so don't miss out on this opportunity!!!", says Northeast AFA Chair Concetta Ferragamo. This year's theme is "Conservation Works". "There will be a speaker from U.S. Fish and Wildlife going over permit issues," says Ms. Ferragamo. Many bird owners object to permits as well as the inclusion of some parrots to the Endangered Species Act, so buckle your seatbelt, though that road might not be quite as rocky as certain recent political conventions. More details below in Hot Dates.

- They Don't Look Like Turtles:The parrot triplets aare grown and have flown from their nestbox home to the open aviary. The blessed event at the Cayman Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman happened July 12, "Much to the delight and fascination of our aviary visitors,” says curator Geddes Hislop. The May hatched threesome is the second ever known clutch of Cayman parrot triplets born in captivity. Proud parents are Leo and Sweetpea (no known relation to the "The Secret life of Pets" budgie). Although Cayman parrots are endemic and a national symbol, most of the birds in the breeding/restocking project are rescues. There's surprisingly little information about the rearing of the species. The triplets will be released into the wild late March or early April '17 for a total of 12 Cayman Turtle Farm captive-bred Cayman parrots living in the wild.

- She "Blue" that Sale: Phone call overheard at pet shop - "Yes, we sell parrots. What are you interested in?" "Why a blue one, in particular?" "To match your furniture? Did I hear that correctly?" "Uh, no, you're not getting a bird from me."

- Woe, Canada: What's likely the largest rescue of its kind ever in Canada was interrupted when rescuers were locked out of the defunct World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, Canada, Thirty eight birds remained .The property owner claimed that along with the birds, rescuers were removing infrastructure. Former zookeeper John Creviston convinced the landlord that this wasn't so, and the rescuers were allowed back in. Unadopted birds are being moved to an empty Nanaimo SPCA building rented for one dollar. Vancouver's Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary is raising money, but Creviston says , the rescue project is costing up to $2,000 a day for food, rent and utilities. "We're fast draining our savings," he says. The next step will be to screen potential parrot adopters who aren't people "who have no idea what they're getting into " or even people trying to resell the birds.

- Parrotrivia: That's gotta be a quaker parrot - the cartoon mascot for a 2007 environmental education program called GreeNYC. It's got green wings, a grey underside and a downward curved beak. Moreover, feral quakers are nearly as common as pigeons in some parts of New York City. However, some observers, mainly of baby boom vintage,beg to differ saying the bird bears an uncanny resemblance to the logo on "The Partridge Family" bus .But parrot or partridge it is not. Matthew Kelly, a City Hall spokesman, says, “The bird is designed after a sparrow,”

- Reservations, please?: Crayon the conure's "parronts" discuss dinner plans: Dad: Make my dinner now, and you can eat with the birds at 7. Mum: I have to eat with the birds? Dad: Yeah, you know, keep them company while they eat. Mum: And here I was worried I didn't have a purpose in life.

- Pollytics '16: The NRA parrot editorial cartoon by Bill Day depicts Congress as a pro-gun rights squawking parrot on the shoulder of NRA president Wayne LaPierre;

- Psittacine cinema: Macaw Baby Hatching 08/22/2011 - YouTube -- A little bird playing with toys - YouTube

- Quote o' the Week:Sun conure, from Facebook meme: Don't mistake my sweetness for weakness. I can easily break your eardrums.

- Hot dates: 7/30-31:Treasure Coast Budgie Club Show-Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 9-5 both days

7/30: Bosley's Big Birthday Bash.Sorry, we have no details on this one but it sounds like it could be fun. 11-4. Parrot University Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC -- Solutions for Biting and Aggressive Behavior in companion Parrots webinar with Barbara Heidenreich. 12:00- 1:30 pm CST.

7/31: Sex & the Single Bird class. 2 pm. Parrot University Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC

8/1: Deadline for the eviction of birds from the defunct World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, Canada

8/2: Becoming a Better Parrot Trainer: Practical Application Skills that Make a Difference webinar. with Barbara Heidenreich. 7-8:30 CST.

8/4-6: American Federation of Aviculture 42nd Educational Conference & Avian Expo- Radisson Cromwell, 100 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT

8/6: Fun with Food Class 2 pm Parrot University, 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC -- Solutions for Biting and Aggressive Behavior in Companion Parrots webinar with Barbara Heidenreich 12:00- 1:30 CST.

8/7: Avian Health & Medicine class. 2 pm. Parrot University, 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

- Lost: Blue & gold macaw; Dayton, Ohio. (937) 477-7489. -- Lost: Blue and white parakeet 'Holiday' Marbelhead, MA. reward offered. (781) 639-0057.


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