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May 2019
May 4th
Springfield, VA
Michelle Donahue
May 18th
Springfield, VA
Did You Know?
May 18th
Alexander, NC
The Contented Companion
May 18th
Alexander, NC
The Contented Companion
May 19th
Jacksonville, FL
The Contented Companion
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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!
May 4th
Springfield, VA
Michelle Z. Donahue
Michelle is a science and technology writer based in Frederick, Maryland. An omnivorous reader and writer, she's covered everything from robotics and AI to ancient genomes and wildlife conservation for National Geographic, The New York Times, PC Magazine and Wired. For Smithsonian, she wrote a "things you didn't know about parrots" article inspired by her former companion, an African grey named Jonah. She'll give us an overview of some of the ways parrots are informing the development of new technology - and how creative use of technology is being leveraged to protect threatened parrot species around the world. More info about time and place at:
Feather plucking is a challenge, and often hard to diagnose or change. Here's a good news story!  Birdie had removed most of the feathers on her chest and thighs, and had started on her back when she landed with Phoenix Landing. Her relinquishers had tried many remedies to no avail. Typical of pluckers she would remove new feathers as soon as they came in and she had a few unfavorable behavioral issues as well. Birdie's story reveals that feather plucking is more than just a one factor issue, and incredibly hard to remedy. However, with patience, perseverance, and proper veterinary care - this  plucker was reformed. Read Evet Loewen's story in the most recent World Parrot Trust magazine here.
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
ISABELLA  is a 30+ year old retired breeder who spent most of her life in an outdoor aviary until she developed a chronic eye problem and had to move indoors for treatment. After a series of different medications, she has made a complete recovery. She has adjusted to life indoors, although she still enjoys spending time in the screen room. Isabella can be a little reluctant to step up from her cage, which is certainly her prerogative, but steps up readily from other locations. Now that she's healthy, she has become a little more active, climbing in and out of her cage and onto her play perch. She's eating pellets well, but still mostly picks out the grape and banana from her fresh food bowl, although she will eat carrot sticks if you hand them to her. Sometimes it's all about presentation!  (Jacksonville, FL)
BRANDY  is a 21 year old medium sulphur crested cockatoo and he is looking for his 3rd Phoenix Landing home. He is very inquisitive, loves puzzles, challenges, and figuring things out - a typical cockatoo! He can be a Houdini-type escape artist. Brandy can have a spunky attitude, but he enjoys being around people and receiving head scritches. He can be a bit unpredictable though, as males often are, so sometimes it's best not to expect more. This keeps the relationship positive and avoids those bites! He spent quite a bit of time safely outside in his last home, and seriously loves the fresh air, space, and just looking around. Brandy has only one wing because his original family kept him in a small round cage. Not only was it too small, but because it was round it was also very unsafe. When the cage fell and rolled, a wing was caught and had to be amputated. Brandy enjoys other cockatoos, but he appreciates being the center of a human family also. Cockatoos, especially males, are best suited with people who are willing to become savvy about body language and positive reinforcement training! (North Carolina)
SAMMIE  is a 14 year old female blue and gold. She came from a wonderful family, but sometimes our human lives take an unexpected turn, and macaws can live many decades. Sammie has lots of great traits - she loves her misty showers, fruits and veggies, pellets, chatting wth you while you're prepping her food, saying her name, and to sing and dance. She especially enjoys some time outside in a safe enclosure or on a screened-in porch.  (Virginia)
Wellness Retreat in Asheville, NC coming again  May 16-17, 2020.  
More information coming soon!
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Recent Articles of Interest
Kākāpō Chick Boom
* Opportunities to boost protection of the grey parrot in Nigeria:  click here
* Endangered K ākāpō  chick boom, look at those baby nares!    click here  and here and here
* The high price endangered animals pay for charisma:    click here
* Update on the Puerto Rican Amazon after Hurricane Maria:   click here
* This sun conure paints pictures:  click here
* Macaws come face to face with their Lego counterparts at the zoo:  click here
* Exmoor Zoo in North Devon UK has finished building a parrot complex for rare and endangered species of parrots:  click here
 * Funny caique walk:   click here
 * Crime solvers:  click here
 *  How this SA biologist, Steven Boyes, became obsessed with parrots and was nearly killed by a hippo in a bid to save the Okavango:  click here
 *  Inside Dr. Pepperberg's Lab: When Favored Treats Aren't Enough:  click here
2019 "Step-Up" Workshop Dates
Target training to go into a carrier
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. 
The June and August weekends are full, but we still have space in the November 9-11 workshop (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:
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
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