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THE PHOENIX BEAKIN'        
July 2019
JULY EVENTS
July 13th
Springfield, VA
*CANCELED - Annual Luau
July 20th
Northern VA - Location TBD
A Parrot's Point of View
July 20th
Alexander, NC
Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information
July 21st
Jacksonville, FL
A Parrot's Point of View
July 27th
Gaithersburg, MD
Things I Wish I'd Known
More information about times and places at
Save the date! Sept. 7th, Springfield, VA
The Abbotti Cockatoo on the Brink of Extinction
The Abbotti Cockatoo on the Brink of Extinction

SPECIAL EVENT!
Bonnie Zimmerman, Indonesian Parrot Project
Saturday, September 7, 10a.m. - 12 noon. 
Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St, Springfield, VA

Bonnie Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Indonesian Parrot Project, will be our special guest speaker on Saturday, September 7th. Mark your calendars and save the date! You don't want to miss this opportunity to learn more about the amazing conservation work Indonesian Parrot Project has done, and is doing, to help wild parrots in Indonesia, especially the critically endangered Abbotti Cockatoos.

Round up friends, family members, and more and join us! 
*We are sorry to announce that our annual luau scheduled for July 13 in Springfield, VA is canceled this year, but it is for a good reason! Most of the birds currently in foster homes in that area are on the road to being adopted, so we wouldn't have many available for the event. 
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 ones 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 learn more about our process go to  phoenixlanding.org/adoption
RUSTY is a 20 year old female blue and gold macaw who has been well loved, but due to life changes, is looking for her next Phoenix Landing home. Long-lived birds like Rusty often need a succession of good homes. Once you have earned her trust, she is social, interactive, and a lot of fun! Blue and gold macaws are famous for having a great sense of humor. Rusty appreciates having enrichment projects (aka toys, etc.) to keep her engaged and entertained. Some of Rusty's favorite foods include bananas, kiwis, strawberries, and sweet potato. (North Carolina)
KERMIT  is a beautiful Indian Ringneck Parakeet who was originally found outside in Georgia, where he was foraging with a group of chickens. As such, we don't know much about his history, and don't know his age. (Special thanks to The Parrot Posse for helping this bird!) His home hasn't been located, so he's come into the care of Phoenix Landing. 
He loves showers and is a great eater, but is still working on building trust with people. He is a great flier, so would likely love to go to a home where he can safely fly around daily for exercise. (North Carolina)
ARTHUR and HAYE  are Quaker parakeets who are the best of friends and are looking for a home together. They are very energetic and interactive with one another as well as their foster family. In fact, their antics keep everyone in the house smiling! 

Quakers are known for being protective of their cages, but usually are very social and interactive away from their cages.  Arthur and Haye love fresh foods and mash. For special treats, they like organic baby food or oatmeal. Jalapeno peppers are especially a big favorite! (Virginia)
 
Mango the male eclectus parrot
MANGOis estimated to be about three years old. Not much is known about his background, but we are learning he does know a few words. We've heard him say "Hi," and "Whatcha doing?" He added appropriately timed "Ooohs" and "Aaahs" during our recent three day Skills to Empower People to Understand Parrots workshop!
He is enjoying a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in his mash, and also enjoys Nutriberries.  Mango happily shreds toys and swings on his boings. He is very curious, but seems a little cautious around new people. 
Phoenix Landing Welcomes 
Michelle Underhill as Executive Director
From Ann Brooks, President of Phoenix Landing Foundation:

Michelle Underhill with adopted Meyers parrot Virgil I am overjoyed to announce the appointment of our first Executive Director, Michelle Underhill. She brings an abundance of professional and personal skills that perfectly align with the future direction of our organization. It is important that we look to the future of Phoenix Landing with younger leaders like Michelle, since our long-lived parrots deserve a long-lived organization to advocate for and protect them. Michelle has been an active volunteer for many years, so she brings a wealth of built-in knowledge and collaborative relationships with her.  Now she can dedicate her time to helping us grow in new and robust ways.

Upon occasion something feels just right. This is absolutely one of those times! 
6 Tips to Help Keep Birds Calm
During Fireworks or Thunderstorms
Maximillian_s pionus parrot with small USA Flag
Phoenix Landing wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day! 

July 4th celebrations often include fireworks, and the Spring and Summer often see thunderstorms. While some parrots either enjoy fireworks or aren't bothered by them, others seem stressed by them. Michelle Underhill collected some tips she has used at home, and shares them in a new blog post at  https://blog.phoenixlanding.org/2
019/06/24/6tips_calm_fireworks_thunderstoms/
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Do you have additional tips to share on keeping birds calm during fireworks or thunderstorms? If so, please add them in the comments on the blog post!
New Toys in Phoenix Landing's
HelpingParrots.com Online Store!
A great way to help the parrots in the Phoenix Landing adoption program while keeping your own birds busy is to shop online at Phoenix Landing's Helping Parrots store! We just got some fun new projects (aka brand new TOYS) in for your birds to work on! Order some food and a Phoenix Landing T-shirt for yourself, too, while you are at it. All proceeds from the Helping Parrots store support Phoenix Landing's Adoption and Education Programs. 
Three new parrot toys
Pictured, left to right: Foraging Roll, Balancing Act, and Ferris Wheel.

Not quite what you are looking for? View all of the new toys!

Parrots in the News
Meyers parrot reading the news
2019 Membership Program, Wish List, and Other Ways to Help
 
Become a Phoenix Landing member at  any time, as benefits are good for one year thereafter. All memberships include a 2019 calendar and tax deductible donation. Higher levels include shopping discounts.  
Your support helps the many parrots of Phoenix Landing. Membership information is available at https://www.phoenixlanding.org/membership.html.

Wish List: Items may be sent to Phoenix Landing Foundation,  PO Box 459, Alexander, NC 28701. Thank you!
  • White copy paper
  • Circular saw and/or a table saw for making toys for parrots at the adoption center
  • Walnuts in the shell, and half walnuts (both for our larger adoptable birds)
  • Coconut oil 
Other Ways to Help: Follow the associated links or email contact@phoenixlanding.org for more information. 
  • Storage space in Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C., or the Raleigh-Durham area. If you have space in a garage, basement, etc. we could use for cages, play stands, and other supplies for foster birds in your area, let us know!
  • Transport birds to new foster homes or to the adoption center - please join the Phoenix Landing Volunteers Facebook Group for information about transportation needs.
  • Weeding, gardening, and handyman help at the Adoption Center near Asheville, NC.
  • Shop in our online Helping Parrots store!  https://www.helpingparrots.com/
  • Shop on Amazon using our Amazon Affiliate link.