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Sunday, November 17, 2013
As with many topics in the world there are different points of view, perspective and opinions. The film created a lot of discussion amongst the parrot community. Many emotions were stimulated. Sadness, anger, frustration to name a few. I would preferred to have seen both sides of the spectrum. The small barren cage, the dirty cage and the large clean cage or aviary with lots of enrichment and toys.
Maybe this documentary was to discourage people from getting that cute, funny, talking parrot on display at the local pet store. By the way, not all parrots talk. If you think about it, how many people outside the parrot community really saw this film. I doubt the numbers are real high. I think you have to be a bird person or animal rights person for "Parrot Confidential" one film, to have been a high priority on the to do list. I'm sure if there was enough interest and money a weekly show displaying the many aspects, perspectives and opinions could be aired. Do enough people in the world really care? Probably not.
My single most important piece of advise on getting a parrot. Research, read and talk to people who have or have had parrots first. Do this before you buy or take one into your home. Make sure the whole family is in agreement.. Spread the word so when that impulse buy pops into someone's head they may remember hearing "RESEARCH FIRST".
As I stated earlier, in my opinion (and we all have one) "Parrot Confidential" was a well put together film for what it was. A peek into the parrot world. The abuse part. You may view the 58 minute film at the link provided below.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
- Cabelas kids fishing pond
- Cozy Critter Pony Rides
- Yakima Audubon
- Raptor House
- Yakima Valley Rabbit Breeder's
- KXDD live broadcast
- Meals on Wheels for Pets kick-off
- birdhouse painting
- face painting
The raptors in the demo consisted of Blackjack a Harris Hawk who Marsha (in the red shirt) is holding. A Red Tail Hawk. The Red Tail Hawk is a little larger then the Harris Hawk. Timber the Great Horned Owl. A Burrowing Owl and last but not least, Merlot the American Kestrel.
Educational programs are done throughout the year. During the summer months the educational birds can be seen on the last Saturday of the month from 10am-3pm. There is a $6.00 entrance fee. Schools, clubs & other organizations may reserve a time to tour the facility. The raptors are also available to appear at fairs, banquets, weddings & birthday parties.
To learn more about Raptor House visit the website at http://www.raptorhouse.org/
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
Bob Dawson’s Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary was eye candy for the bird lover at a local level. Most of us don’t have the means to travel and see parrots in their natural habitat. Sure it’s great to see parrots in their natural habitat. The truth is, parrots are kept as pets. When the parrot owner can no longer keep them or the breeder is done with them, parrots need a safe place to go. Bob and his volunteer’s have taken on the responsibility of creating a rescue and sanctuary. A task very few of us could or would take on.
I had the pleasure of attending an auction fundraiser. The goal was to raise funds to help operate the rescue. I feel it was nicely done. Freedom to walk the grounds on your own, good food, nice pamphlet with map and Debbie Goodrich of Parrot Ambassador’s made a outstanding auctioneer. I brought home two items I did not necessarily need, but I’m glad to have them. I ran into another bird person I knew from Yakima, met a few Facebook bird people in person and visited with a few other new people. It was a tremendous experience to see the rescue and not just hear about it.
Bird lover or not, I would suggest this event be put on your calendar of things to do for next August. I’m sure your entire family would enjoy roaming the wooded area, listening to the chatter of parrots while enjoying a picnic lunch with good company. As Bob Dawson’s Macaw, Rescue & Sanctuary suggests “Help us help the birds”.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
For the parrot enthusiast, Tanya is very helpful and full of information. She will do wing clips & nail trims for a small fee. As far as supplies for your feathered friend you will find pellets, seed, seed in bulk bins, toys, play stands and cages. If Shelly does not have it in stock she would be happy to order it for you. If you would like to contact Shelly or Tanya at Pet Pantry the number is 509-966-7300.
Pet Pantry moved to the new location fall of 2010. They now provide a self service pet wash area. I have not yet tried this service but anticipate it to be excellent.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
This touching & humble story is how one man found his life's calling amoung a flock of wild parrots who resided on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. The author became the local wild parrot expert and tourist attraction. During daily feedings he stood with parrots perched along both arms and surrounding him in the trees. He would take his last bit of money to buy food for the parrots. When a parrot was sick or injured he would take them into his home to care for them. I will say no more as I don't want to spoil the story. Thumbs up to this book and the documentary movie The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill to any bird lover.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
In 1977 Irene asked a sales person at a pet store to choose her an African Grey parrot out of the ones they were selling. She was choosing an African Grey because of the clarity of their speech. It was fate and their relationship began. Over a 30 year period Alex and Irene changed the way science regarded avian intelligence. Irene Pepperberg included just enough scientific research in her book to give readers an idea of what was involved, to prove her experiments, yet it was not boring. Alex could count to six, identify colors, size, such as bigger and smaller, or same and different, identify materials and had a vocabulary of 150 words.
The night before he died his last words to Irene were “You be good. I love you.” Every time I read this or write it I end up with tears in my eyes. Alex is a celebrity, I found this book educational, touching and entertaining.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
With mini macaw's you have the personality of a large macaw in a smaller package. They are feisty little birds and want to do what the big macaws do. Most bond quickly and can be very demanding of their owner as they do require as much attention as the large macaws, if not a bit more. Mini macaws tend to bond strongly with one person. The more you socialize the mini macaw and expose it to other people, the more likely it will accept handling by others.The mini macaw is a bit more cautious, nervous and less forgiving then the larger parrots.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Goffin Cockatoos native country is Indonesia, specifically the Tanimbar Islands. Their life span is approximately 40 years with good care. The size of the Goffin ranges from 12-13 inches. The Goffins coloring is predominantly white with salmon/pink color between the beak and eyes. The underside of the wings and tail exhibit a yellow tinge. The beak is a greyish-white in color. Goffins have a crest that is much smaller then the other cockatoos. I consider the noise level for the Goffin to be medium. The Goffin Cockatoo is often confused with the Bare-eyed /cockatoo as they are similar in appearance.
Goffins are not known for their talking ability but may learn some words and mimic sounds. Their dancing ability more then makes up for any lack of vocabulary.Goffins are active with a carefree, inquisitive personality who like to climb, play and chew. They cab be aggressive one moment and gentle the next. They tend to be a nippy bird. In general the Goffin is a quiet bird, but don’t take it for granted. If not given enough attention they can be loud, noisy and make screeching ear piercing sounds.
The Goffin Cockatoo is not as destructive as the larger cockatoos, but still need supervision and to be provided with lots of toys and wood to destroy. Because the Goffin is so active the larger the cage the better,supplied with lots of perches and toys.
Because of their smaller size the Goffin may be a good choice for those who want a cockatoo but do not have adequate space for one of the large cockatoos. Be aware, they by no means need any less care or attention then the larger parrots. Many new bird owners are not truly aware of the time and money a parrot demands and pet birds are often passed from one owner to the next or given to shelters. I suggest spending some time around an active parrot before a purchase is made. It takes a certain personality and love for the bird to tolerate the noise and mess that goes along with parrot guardianship.
The Goffin cockatoo is endangered in the wild due to trapping and destruction of their native habitat. A good thing is they breed well in captivity.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Bare Eyed Cockatoos are intelligent, inquisitive, playful and affectionate little clowns who love to show off. They are often overlooked due to their droll appearance. They don't fit the image most people envision when they think about Cockatoos.
Bare Eyed Cockatoos are not as destructive, loud or demanding as some of the other Cockatoos, but need just as much attention and stimulation. They can be a little nippy, especially if they don't get there own way or you are not their favorite person. They have amazing flying abilities. If clipping feathers, clip only the primary flight feathers and only enough so the bird will glide to the floor. They are a good bird for people who would like a cockatoo that is somewhat easier to care for then the larger species. A cockatoo in a smaller package.
The Citron cockatoo is a subspecies of the Lesser Sulfer Crested Cockatoo, native to Indonesia. Most Citrons are between 13-15 inches from beak to the tip of the tail feathers. The life span is up to 50 years in captivity. The color of the Citron Cockatoo is mostly white, with pale orange patches on their cheeks, pale yellow on the undersides of the wings and tail feathers, and a bright orange crest. They have a dark grey beak and feet.
Citrons can make good pets. They are curious, friendly and sociable. Some say they are not as noisy as most cockatoos, but I beg to differ. They do make a honking sound like a trumpet when excited or alarmed. They have big personalities and love to play. The Citron Cockatoo is an extremely intelligent bird. They can be taught a variety of tricks and some human speech.
If considering owning this type of bird make sure that you have enough spare time to spend with it. They require a lot of attention in order to maintain good emotional health, and not develop behavior problems such as feather chewing or screaming.
Citron Cockatoos must be sold with a CITES certificate (Convention on International trade in Endangered Species) to prove that it was bread in captivity. They are classified as an endangered species due to illegal trapping and habitat loss.
The Cockatoo on the play stand perch is Kiwi my friends Citron. We bird sit him from time to time. The highest up Cockatoo is Baretta, our Citron/Bare-eyed Cockatoo. The one in the background is Tangi our Moluccan Cockatoo.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Mollucan Cockatoo’s are large parrots, up to approximately 20 inches. Their native region is Australia and the surrounding islands of Indonesia. The life expectancy of the Mollucan Cockatoo is estimated at 65 years give or take. The Mollucans talk and trick ability is considered moderate.
The Mollucan Cockatoo is very intelligent and known for solving puzzles and games. To keep these birds happy, they need at least one hour of play time each day. Without enough mental and physical stimulation Cockatoo’s may resort to destructive behaviors. Screaming and feather plucking would be typical negative behaviors. Cockatoo’s are probably one of the top parrots that are re-sold or put in parrot sanctuaries as adults. The owner gets worn out and tired of the Cockatoo’s demands. Plenty or research should be done before considering guardianship of a cockatoo. Evaluate your life style, make sure there is enough time to devote to the responsibility of caring for a Cockatoo.
The above picture is of Tangi my 21 year old Mollucan Cockatoo. I’m very fortunate that Tangi is sweet, enjoys most people and her loudness a few times a day is tolerable.
A Blue and gold enjoys plenty of attention. They are big birds and may at times play rough. They like to chew, so offer lots of toys to chew and destroy. Macaws need daily interaction to prevent them from developing biting and other negative behaviors. Provide your macaw with a pellet-based diet, vegetables, fresh fruit, nuts and whole grains. Macaws are very social and enjoy eating with the family. This is something you may have to learn to tolerate.
The picture above is Nemo my Blue and Gold Macaw. Nemo is a little over 2 years old.
Monday, December 13, 2010
The picture above is Kiki my 7 year old Yellow-Naped Amazon. At this time of year she definitely thinks I'm her mate. Kiki is obsessed with the bathroom. I think she likes the echo sound her voice makes. She chewed up two of the bathroom drawers, needless to say Kiki is no longer allowed in the bathroom. On occasion she does make it into the bathroom if the door is left open and it is a dangerous job getting her out.