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THE PHOENIX BEAKIN'      
April 2019
UPCOMING  
APRIL  EVENTS
April 6th
Springfield, VA
Dr. Lacy Gilmer
April 7th
Gaithersburg, MD
Dr. Lara Backus
April 13th
Fairfax, VA
Behavior and Training
April 14th
Jacksonville, FL
No Place Like Home
April 27th
Alexander, NC
Husbandry Skills, Emergency Prep and Toy Making
April 27th
Fairfax, VA
No Place Like Home
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There is always something new to learn to improve the lives of our parrots in captivity, from parakeets to macaws.  We hope you'll join us often!
APRIL 6th
Springfield, VA
 LACY GILMER, DVM
Chronic diseases and anatomy - it's not always a-parrot! Birds have unique anatomical features that make treating some of their illnesses more than challenging! Come join Dr. Lacy Gilmer, past speaker at ExoticsCon 2018, for an informative and interactive talk on some of the more common chronic conditions facing our avian friends and what about their anatomy makes it so difficult to treat.  We work with Dr. Gilmer and her practice at the Calvert Veterinary Center in Pasadena, MD.
More info at:  
PhoenixLanding.org/events
APRIL 7th
Gaithersburg, MD (new location!!)
 LARA BACKUS, DVM
Dog and cat owners know to bring in their pets in for check ups at the vet but did you know that birds need just as much (if not more) attention? Dr. Backus will go over the different parts that are involved in an avian wellness exam and signs to look for at home to tell you if your parrot isn't feeling well. She will also give some examples of problems that were found during a supposedly "normal" wellness exam that showed that things weren't so normal after all. Dr. Backus is a veterinarian at Maryland Avian and Exotics in Rockville, MD.  More info at:   PhoenixLanding.org/events
Some of Our Many Adoptable Birds
Almost every bird will need more than one home. Sometimes it is because people have not taken time to understand how to live successfully with a parrot; but most often it is simply because our lives change. It's no one's fault, it's just what needs to happen. So it is really important that we promote adoption as a positive way to find a bird companion.  To l earn more about our process go to  phoenixlanding.org/adoption
MARNIE and OBERST are male conures, a sun and green cheek respectively. They are 3 years old, sweet and a blast to be around. They have irresistibly fun personalities and love to be around people as well as each other. Marnie and Oberst have a bond that cannot be broken which makes them very protective of each other. This means we have to be respectful first and foremost of their relationship, and not expect to touch them upon demand.  When adopting a pair, which is great from the bird's point of view, we need to tailor our expectations even more than usual. Marnie has a calm and colorful personality and Oberst has an excited yet sassy demeanor which is always amusing. They love to sing and dance to music all day long. These little ones enjoy lots of vegetables, pellets, baths in their water bowl, and love to climb anywhere they can. (Jacksonville, FL)
PHOEBE  is looking for her next Phoenix Landing home. She is a 10 year-old yellow shouldered Amazon parrot. If you're her person, she loves to have her head scratched. Phoebe enjoys a variety of foods including mash (mix of greens, veggies, quinoa and legumes) and pellets, and her favorite nut is a cashew although she will also eat walnuts and almonds. She loves to play independently with her toys in her cage, a great attribute. She also appreciates and enjoys time outside of the cage, but on her own terms, as sometimes she just wants to be left alone! She will call loudly for attention around dinner time, common for many parrots at that time of day. (Maryland)
SCOOTER  is a sun conure who recently lost his person of 25 years. He is an avid and elegant flyer, so a home where he can safely maintain his flying privileges is preferred.  He will often fly to your shoulder, have a little interlude, and then fly off to something else more interesting to him.  He's been on Harrison's Fine pellets his whole life, so we are trying to introduce him to the benefits of whole fruits and vegetables as well. He explored the aviary for the first time this week, and really enjoyed it. (Alexander, NC)
SOLSTICE  is a parakeet that was found outside in the Asheville area, so we don't know its age or sex. We named it Solstice because of its wintery white color. Since we cannot tell the gender of an albino parakeet, we are testing DNA so we can place him/her with other parakeets of the same gender.  Parakeets often reproduce in short order, so we want to avoid that.  Isn't he lovely? (Alexander, NC)
CONRAD  is a 22 year old yellow nape Amazon. Like most Amazons, he can be very clear about who he prefers, and if you're liked, then you have a dedicated friend and companion. He says a few things  "hello" (to get attention), "how are you?" (when the phone rings), "I love you, Kaela" (daughter's name), "Conrad, get out" (questioning inflection like he would like to get out). He loves the less healthy starchy foods, but if you model eating something good, this can pique his interest. It's really important for long-term health that heavy bodied Amazons, prone to little exercise, learn to eat nutritiously. Conrad loves to climb and explore new areas. He ignores a lot of bird toys, but wants to investigate anything any human has. He loves music!  (Virginia)
Our Wish List
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Washer/dryer for the adoption center; Keurig for the education room; Hefty 30-gallon recycling bags ( click here); transport help upon occasion, join our Volunteer Facebook page ( click here ) where we post for help; become a  Chlorhexidine for cleaning at The Landing; oat flour; unsulphured and unsweetened banana chips; coconut oil;  flax seed; 2-door wire travel carriers, Midwest is a good brand. We also really appreciate your support by shopping with us at  helpingparrots.com  or using our Amazon affiliate button ( click here  or on our home page to find it).
Recent Articles of Interest
Telegraph Hill Conure
* The Fairfax times joins John Kerns for a class:  click here
* Saving the Kakapo, only 147 left:  click here
* Complex web of trafficking of African greys thrives despite CITES  rule:  click here  
* Cockatiels are cockatoos too:  click here
* Bromethalin (rat poison) is killing the parrots of Telegraph Hill:  click here and here and here
How can we REALLY prevent birds from flying into our windows?   click here
* Can We Conserve Endangered Parrots By Keeping Them In Cities?  click here
 * Update on the wild red crown Amazons in Texas:   click here and here and here
 * Why is my parrot standing on one leg?  click here
 *  "Opium-Addicted" Parrots Affecting Poppy Cultivation In Madhya Pradesh:  click here
 *  Parrot Inspires First Community-Sponsored Genome Project:  click here
 * Sulphur crested cockatoo enjoying some traffic camera selfies: click here
 *  Monument to a dead parrot, Monty Python style: click here
2019 "Step-Up" Workshop Dates
Ron teaching Chili Bean to push a cart
Sometimes we think that a bird must learn to step onto our hands, but this may actually be the last thing we teach, as it requires the ultimate level of trust. However, there are many ways to have a positive relationship, and touching is not always the best or only approach. That's why our "Step-Up" workshops, which actually stands for " S kills T Empower  P eople to U nderstand P arrots" can be very helpful.  
2019 workshop dates are: Our June weekend is full, and there's one space left for August 23-25. We've added another weekend, November 9-11 (Saturday-Monday/Veteran's Day weekend). 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:  phoenixlanding.org/stepup-workshops
2019 Membership Program

Join any time, benefits are good for one year thereafter. All member ships include a 2019 calendar and tax deductible donation.  Higher levels include shopping discounts.  

Your support helps the many parrots of Phoenix Landing. Click here to join; or here to buy only the calendar.