Phoenix Beakin'
Phoenix Landing Foundation | February 2020
Upcoming educational events
20/20 Vision for the Future for Parrots, Wellness Retreat
May 16-17, 2020
Register today!
Early Bird pricing ends February 15
Early bird rate is $129/person without lunch, and $159/person with lunch included for both days. After February 15, registration is $159/person without lunch, and $189/person with lunch for both days.
Sherrill Center, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Four concurrent sessions, including an Advanced Track for the Veterinary Community and scientifically minded! Whether you are a brand new bird owner, have lived with birds for decades, or work professionally with birds, there is something for everyone. Join us!

Topics include teaching parrots flight for exercise, holistic therapies, feather destructive behavior, Grey Parrot Project, Macaw Recovery Network, teaching yes/no communication with birds, UV Light Optimization for birds, CBD potential uses, importance of necropsies, probiotics, respiratory diseases, setups for disabled birds, the social lives of wild parrots, and more!

Speakers include Arianna Bailey, CPBT-KA, Jennifer Cunha, P.A, Jenny Drummey, Dawn Grace, Milissa Loiselle, Scott Echols, ABVP (Avian Practice), DVM, Brynn McCleery, ABVP (Avian Practice), DVM
Robert Ness, DVM, Susan Orosz, ABVP (Avian Practice), Dipl ECZM, DVM, PhD, Scott Stahl, ABVP (Avian Practice), DVM, Rhoda Stevenson, DVM, Dipl ABVP-Avian, Yvonne Van Zeeland, Dipl ECZM, DVM, MS, PhD, Laura Wade, ABVP (Avian Practice), DVM, and Sam Williams, PH.D.

11 continuing education hours approved for IAABC members and by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
Rocky and Sunshine (NC) say brotherly LOVE is the best! These two handsome, 9 year old cockatiels need a home together. They are great friends, and also are very social with people! They want to know what you are doing. More on Rocky and Sunshine.
Jake (NC) the Senegal parrot LOVES his swing! He also likes to whistle. We love his little orange feather vest. He's 9 years old, and we aren't sure if he is male or female. He's observant at first, but warms up to you.
Skylar blue and gold macaw
Skylar's (NC) story is one of unrequited love. He so wants a macaw friend, so would likely thrive in a home with another male macaw who also wants a friend. We've started doing some training with him and he is smart! He has a great attention span and catches on quickly.
Flora and Wrenn (NC) are two female Quaker parakeets. They love to explore and fly, and are starting to get used to people being around, but still have a ways to go. They need a patient home that just enjoys watching them be silly and be birds!
More on Flora and Wrenn.
NC parakeets update
We are happy to report the eight parakeets that came in through a shelter in North Carolina just before Christmas are now available for adoption. We'd mentioned last month that 2 additional birds passed away soon after we pulled them. One had passed of severe liver issues and the other had Aspergillosis (not contagious). The others seem to be doing great. So, now we have 5 girls and 3 boys who are looking for homes! Parakeets do great in groups, so we'd love to see the 5 girls go to one home together, if possible, and the 3 boys to go to another together. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to their veterinary care, and to their incredible foster home near Hickory!
Interested in adopting a parrot? Information on Phoenix Landing's adoption process may be found at
A Space for Parakeets:
Creating an Enriched Environment for Small Birds
Need some new ideas for creating an enriched environment for your parakeets or other small birds? Want to set up a space that encourages their natural curiosity, and also inspires them to exercise?

Tricia McManus has spent years creating a great space for her budgies and shares her tips and things she considers when setting up their space in a new article in the Phoenix Landing blog.

We find the pictures inspiring, too! Try hanging a bird safe basket sideways on the wall. Suspend some ladders from the ceiling with chain. Create spaces that also allow birds to have some privacy when they want it. Sure, they are social animals, but are also prey animals. So sometimes, they just need a place to hide.

Article link: "A Space for Parakeets"
Phoenix Landing turns 20 this year!
Help us celebrate
SAVE THE DATE! Come out on April 18th between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for our 20th birthday celebration at the Phoenix Landing Adoption Center in Alexander, North Carolina. We'll have birthday cake, a scavenger hunt, tours in our adoption centers, a raffle, other local businesses and non-profits, and more!

Western NC volunteers: We would love your help with the event! Email us at if you can help us during the April 18th event. We will also have a Prep Day on April 4th during which we will making educational and directional posters, starting to prepare the grounds for the event (weeding, powerwashing), assembling or preparing items for the Helping Parrots store sale, and more. If you can help either or both days, please let us know and join us!

If you are a performer and are interested in providing entertainment at our 20th birthday party, please contact us!

Share your Phoenix Landing story!

Regardless of where you live, if you have fostered or adopted a bird from Phoenix Landing, volunteered, gone on an ecotour, attended a class, or anything else that you'd like to share a story about, please let us know by emailing Pictures or video are welcome, too! Let's share our stories and celebrate the parrots and people we have known through Phoenix Landing over the past two decades. Thank you!
Helping Parrots: The last 19 years
Between 2000 and 2019, Phoenix Landing ha s had 2,982 birds. This involved birds moving to new foster or adoptive homes 6,236 times. 1,522 families have fostered, and 1,338 families have adopted. 3,097 adoptions have been finalized.
New in the Helping Parrots Store
New flavors: Oven Fresh Bites - Great treat for your birb for Valentine's Day!
There is a sulphur crested cockatoo at the Phoenix Landing adoption center who loves Oven Fresh Bites birdie cookies. He is asking for one of them, and only one of them, when he says, "Cookie?" And, now, there are even more flavors to try! They are now available in Phoenix Landing's volunteer-run Helping Parrots store.

Do your birds have a favorite flavor?

Become a 2020 Phoenix Landing Member!
It's not too late to become a 2020 Phoenix Landing member!

You may join at any time, and your membership is good for one year from the date you join or renew. Membership is available at different levels. All levels include a 2020 Phoenix Landing calendar, and some levels also include the 2020 Membership shirt, featuring a picture of a wild Blue-Fronted Amazon parrot in Brazil from a photograph from Kevin Blaylock.

For more on the membership program, visit
Will Einstein's Super Bowl prediction be correct?
Einstein, an African Grey parrot in Texas, has made his prediction for who will win this year's Super Bowl! Will he be correct? We'll see!
PARROT (and other bird) NEWS
Phoenix Landing Wish List

Donated items may be sent to Phoenix Landing Foundation, 31 Landing Place, Alexander, NC 28701.

Please drop us a note at if you purchase something for us, if you'd like a thank you note, as vendors do not always provide information on who generously purchased something for us. Thank you for helping parrots!
Thank you to everyone who donated items from previous wish lists in the last month to Phoenix Landing, including a metal trash shed, light bulbs, various foods, stamps, chlorhexidine solution for cleaning, bird toys, stainless steel skewers, perches, boings, stainless steel shelves for inside cages, laminating pouches, paper towels, and more!