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THE PHOENIX BEAKIN'             
December 2nd
Springfield, VA
Chris Shank
Cockatoo Downs
December 10th
Fairfax, VA
Things I Wish I'd Known
December 16th
Alexander, NC
Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information
More info about times and places at
2018 Wellness Retreat  ~  May 5-6, 2018
Registration for our 4th Wellness Retreat in Asheville, NC. is now open!!   Please join us for another phenomenal variety of veterinarians, scientists, and teachers who know how to make learning fun! The theme for 2018 is  Problem-Solving Some problems we can't avoid - such is life. Other problems we can prevent, and that's always the best solution. In both cases, knowing how to address these i ssues can make all the difference for birds, both in the wild and in our homes.  

Our guests include Dr. Rowan Martin, Africa Program Director with the World Parrot Trust; Stephanie Edlund from Sweden for behavior and enrichment; Sheron Hagelston for toy-making; Dr. Jason Crean for nutrition; and avian veterinarians in alphabetical order for many other health topics: Drs. Bob Dahlhausen, Keven Flammer, Susan Orosz, Giacomo Rossi (from Italy), Frank Rutowski, and Scott Stahl.  To register, go to:

We recommend making hotel reservations soon for the best rates
Chris Shank from Cockatoo Downs, DECEMBER 2nd
Join us in Springfield, VA on December 2nd for another special guest speaker, Chris Shank.  Chris is the creator of Cockatoo Downs in Dallas, Oregon (, a parrot education facility that teaches positive reinforcement techniques to assist us in living successfully with our birds. Her   goal is to stress the importance of ethical training using positive reinforcement to mark (or click!) those desired behaviors that we want to increase and maintain. It is a process that shows us how to clearly communicate with our parrots, producing trust, enthusiasm, motivation, and results.  Don't forget, every interaction you have with your birds is a training experience for you both!  More information about place and time at
IMPORTANT: This is a different date than printed on our 2017 calendar
Would you like to give a special gift to a Phoenix Landing foster bird for the holidays?  Click here  to see their special request f rom our store ( ), or feel free to make your own special choice.  We will take care of all the details like shipping.  All donations are tax deductible. 

Thanks to everyone who does so much to improve the quality-of-life for parrots, most especially the families who are fostering the parrots of Phoenix Landing!
2018 Membership Program and Calendar Now Available!

Each level has its own benefits, and all memberships include a 2018 calendar and tax deductible donation. The bamboo limited edition 2018 membership shirt features a photo by Kevin Blaylock, taken at the Buraco das Araras sinkhole in Brazil. Many of the photos in the calendar were taken by Kevin as well.  He was a great friend to parrots and Phoenix Landing, so we are dedicating the shirt and calendar to his memory this year.
Join any time, benefits are good for one year thereafter. Your support helps the many parrots of Phoenix Landing.  Click here to join! Or here to buy only the calendar.
For those of you that participate in the Combined Federal Campaign,  our code is 3 1469.  Your sup port is immeasurable, and makes it possible for us to provide adoption and education services in many places!  Thanks to you and everyone else that helps the parrots of Phoenix Landing via your workplace donation programs!!
Some of Our Many Adoptable Birds
2,785 birds have entered the Phoenix Landing adoption program since 2003, many of which have already been adopted more than once. Birds can live a long time and deserve to have a succession of good homes. There are currently 107 birds in foster, and 137 others waiting for our help.  Please consider adoption first!  Here are just a few of our many adoptable birds. Learn more about our process here:
CHARLIE  is a blue fronted Amazon, age unknown as he came from a South Carolina shelter a few years ago.  Charlie is pretty easy going.  He's on a great diet and it has made a big difference in his health, not to mention that eating good food is delicious too! We can always tell when a bird has learned to appreciate whole foods, they will get very excited at meal times.In his adopting home, Charlie was joined by his Phoenix Landing friend, TINK , a wild caught lilac crowned Amazon. They spend their days together, watching and learning from each other.  They are not mates, just good friends!  They have separate cages, but while at The Landing, they have enjoyed sharing a 64x32 cage.  Maybe their new home will consider a large double cage for them too.  Tink is also easy going. He cannot fly, as he is one of those birds whose wings were pinioned, a terrible practice from many years past.
LUCY LIU  is a charming Congo African grey. She also came from a shelter, and we can only account for 6 years. Like many African greys, she has a serious feather problem that we have not yet figured out; however, this doesn't hold her back! She is social and very interested in what the people around her are doing. Head scratches are requested regularly, don't forget to pay your toll as you go by her. Lucy also has an extensive vocabulary and enjoys sharing what she knows with anyone who will listen. We've been pleased with her willingness to eat a wide variety of healthy foods, and her training motivator is pomegranate seeds, yum yum!
BLUEBERRY and SNOWFLAKE  parakeets, age unknown.  Guess what, they also came from a shelter, in the Raleigh area. They had a problem common to parakeets, scaly mites, which can be lethal. However, we had them treated and they are flourishing now. Have room for a couple of entertaining little ones? We often have parakeets in all our areas of operation, and really appreciate when adoption is considered for the littlest ones.  They have big personalities too!
Our Wish List
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Sponsors for travel for our event  speakers, especially for the 2018 Wellness Retreat - maybe you have a special interest in meeting one of our speakers and would like to sponsor their travel or use air miles for their ticket; copy paper; flax seed; large wood blocks with holes, kamut, and quinoa. And we really appreciate your support by shopping with us at

Recent Articles of Interest
* More trafficking of Eclectus, cockatoos and greys.  Click here and here
* More from National Geographic about sugar glider proof nests for the endangered Swift parrot, click here
* Foul mouthed parrots in new PSA, click here  and here
* Good and bad exercise for parrots, click here
* Australia's broadband under attack by cockatoos, click here
* Iraq veteran finds companionship with a parrot, click here
* 10 fun facts about parrots, click here
 * Staging bird murders to save the Puerto Rican Amazon,  click here
2018 "Step-Up" Workshop Dates
2018 workshop dates now set: March 23-25 (almost full) and August 10-12. This intensive 3-day event is designed to give people an abundance of information about parrot care,  from behavior and health, to nutrition and enrichment. In addition to lectures, there will be hands-on  training sessions, cooking classes, and time to discuss issues of specific importance to you. We will work with  the adoptable birds at the Phoenix Landing facility, so you can teach behavior, foraging and feeding new foods first hand. All of us can learn new things to improve our relationships with our parrots. Anyone with parakeets to macaws will benefit!  More information at: