Phoenix Beakin'
Upcoming online classes and virtual events
The Intelligence of Parrots with Frank Rutowski, DVM
Whoever coined the phrase 'Bird Brain' was obviously not a parrot owner. To those of us who have parrots in our homes, the intelligence of these parrots is something with which we are very familiar. What makes a parrot so smart? How do we measure the intelligence of birds? How do parrots use their intelligence to survive in a changing environment? How can we provide mental stimulation for the parrots in our care? We will address all these topics and more in a fun yet informative discussion. Join us to learn more about the incredible Bird Brains we call our parrots. 

Must be attended live online via Zoom. No recording available.

Saturday, July 11, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.
No Place Like Home, online and self-paced
Coconut Moluccan Cockatoo
When we bring a parrot into our lives, from parakeets to macaws, we are offering them a place to call home. What does home mean? For a parrot it might mean a place to be safe, be healthy, have a sense of family, and be provided positive opportunities to live and thrive. This class will address what each of these means to a bird, and give you some ideas about how to continue providing the good life for your bird.  This class satisfies our adoption process class requirement. In order for applicants to receive credit for the class, all activities must be completed and turned in.

If you have a varied schedule, or would prefer to spread a class out into short segments over multiple days, this class is for you! We have two sessions coming up. One is available July 10 - 27, and the other is available August 7 - 24.

Online Book Discussion Group: Thinking Like a Parrot
Are you interested in reading the book,  Thinking Like a Parrot  by Alan Bond and Judy Diamond, and discussing it with others who live with birds? Then, pick up a copy of the book and join us! We will meet weekly on Monday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30p.m. EDT. Each week for four weeks, we will discuss different sections of the book, and how the information we learn applies to, and helps us better understand, the birds in our homes. 

Registration is limited, to encourage discussion. Discussion is REQUIRED if you join. No lurkers. Wait list will be taken if the group fills up. 

Discussions begin Monday, July 13
Adoptable bird spotlight
Interested in adopting a bird? Information about our adoption process may be found at
Guida Congo African Grey
Guida, 35 year Congo African Grey, Wilmington, NC
Petey the parrotlet
Petey, 3 year old parrotlet, Alexander, NC
Arnold and Haye, unknown ages, Quaker parakeets, MD
6 Tips to Keep Birds Calm During Fireworks or Thunderstorms
If thunderstorms or fireworks concern your parrots, you aren't alone. Lots of people who share their home with animals experience the same thing.

While we may not be able to completely alleviate their nervousness, there are some things we can do that might help them! In a previous blog post, Michelle Underhill shared tips for doing just that.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

Happy Landings and Congratulations!
Adoptions finalized in June
Congratulations to the following birds and their families for having their adoptions finalized in June!

  • Apollo and Shiara (blue-throated and green-winged macaws)
  • Babee (Umbrella cockatoo), Cleo (blue and gold macaw)
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash (budgies)
  • Eden (African Grey)
  • Kahleah (blue and gold macaw)
  • Ziggy (black capped conure)
Meyers parrot reading news

  • Labefer Home Learning: New materials posted about pet birds weekly. Topics include environment, enrichment, food, and more.
  • Parrots@Home resources from World Parrot Trust (parrot nutrition guide, play gyms, enrichment, and more!)
Asheville author and animal advocate highlights
Phoenix Landing in a new video
Laura Camby McCaskill, an Asheville author and animal advocate, has released a video highlighting Phoenix Landing Foundation. Laura is a volunteer and foster home with several animal organizations.

In the video, she tours the Phoenix Landing adoption center and interviews Executive Director Michelle Underhill. Laura first visited the adoption center in 2019, and we appreciate all she has done to help get the word out about Phoenix Landing and about parrots. She has mentioned Phoenix Landing when others have interviewed her about her books and volunteer work as well!
Phoenix Landing's Helping Parrots Online Store
Perhaps you are purchasing more supplies online than you used to, as you decrease the number of in-person visits made to stores. Next time you need to order food, perches, or toys for your bird, please think of the Helping Parrots store. When you shop in our volunteer-run Helping Parrots store, you also support the parrots in Phoenix Landing's adoption program. The parrots thank you for it!

We also have a great selection of books about parrots! A few are highlighted below, or you may browse them all at
Biting Matters by Jenny Drummey
Understanding Parrots by Rosemary Low
Unlikely Companions by Laurie Hess, DVM
Phoenix Landing Wish List
  • Check out our Wish List on! Cleaning
  • Storage space for cages, especially in the D.C. area. (Have a basement, or a garage we could use.
  • Use our Amazon Affiliate Link when shopping at, or select Phoenix Landing Foundation as the non-profit you support on Amazon Smile when using the Amazon App.
  • Join iGive and select Phoenix Landing Foundation as the non-profit you support when shopping online.
  • Have a car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat you would like to donate? Perhaps it is in need of repair? Now you can donate it through the non-profit, CARS, and have it benefit Phoenix Landing Foundation:
  • Become a Phoenix Landing member. (Good for one year from join date.)

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, including 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!
A huge thank you goes to everyone who donated items from previous wish lists in the last month to Phoenix Landing! This includes the donations of food, toys, cleaning solution, a dust plan and broom, and monetary donations! Together, we help more parrots.

Thanks also for everyone's patience during this time. Our adoption applications increased during Stay Home orders, when we weren't moving birds. We are starting to move birds to new homes again, but are still a small, primarily-volunteer team and are trying to get caught up. So, thank you for your patience!