Phoenix Beakin'
Upcoming online classes and virtual events
Professor Gerry Beyer
Professor Gerry Beyer, J.S.D., LL.M., J.D.
Texas Tech University, School of Law

What will happen to your parrot if s/he outlives you? What is a pet trust and should you set one up? What other options are available to pet owners? Do you have a plan in place to provide for your bird’s care in case you and your family have an unexpected hospital stay, due to a vehicle accident, COVID, or another reason? Professor Beyer will discuss these topics and more in an informative and entertaining online talk. These are all important considerations for any parrot and pet owner, especially during this time of uncertainty.

Professor Beyer is nationally recognized as an expert in estate planning. He is a prolific writer, having written 25 books and hundreds of articles. He’s also a wonderful speaker!

Saturday, October 10, 1:00-2:30p.m. EDT (UTC -4)
AVIAN ENRICHMENT: Easy DIY HACKS - A presentation by Phoenix Landing Foundation and Companion Parrots Re-homed
Beverage holder converted into a toy
Michelle Underhill, Phoenix Landing Foundation
Wendy Whitesides, Companion Parrots Re-homed

Give your parrots something to do and things to think about using some easy enrichment hacks! Make some simple toys using common household items, and tweak their setup in simple ways to add variety. Join Wendy from Companion Parrots Re-homed and Michelle from Phoenix Landing Foundation as they illustrate ways to create new toys, and update your bird's area, without breaking the bank.

Sunday, October 18, 2:00-3:30p.m. EDT (UTC -4)
No Place Like Home: Self-paced online class, Oct. 9 - 26
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! Class materials and activities are available October 9-26.

Meet the Researchers and Authors of Thinking Like a Parrot: Judy Diamond and Alan Bond
Thinking like a parrot book jacket
Ever wonder what life is like for a wild parrot? If we could better understand their lives in the wild, it may help us understand them in our homes.

Judy Diamond and Alan Bond have spent decades researching wild parrots. They’ve traveled to several continents to study their behavior in the wild, and have exhaustively combed scientific literature for insights into what life is like for a wild parrot. Their book, Thinking Like a Parrot, offers insights into wild parrots' senses, social lives, behavior, and more. It also highlights some conservation efforts concerning wild parrots.
Join us for a discussion with researchers and authors Judy Diamond and Alan Bond as they read some of their favorite excerpts from their new book, Thinking Like a Parrot, and share information about what they have learned from studying parrots in the wild over the years.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 1:00-2:30p.m. EST (UTC -5)
Please visit for details on these and other events!
Need the help of Elves to keep your birds busy
during the hectic holiday season?
Boredom Buster box
Join in on the Parrot Boredom Buster Box Party with Phoenix Landing and the Leather Elves

  • First, order your Boredom Buster Box using coupon code PL2020 from The Leather Elves by October 28th to ensure it will arrive in time! (Size = bird size, not box size)
  • Then, attend the Box Party online via Zoom: November 14th, 1p.m. EST. Your invitation will be emailed to you the week of the party.

Due to shipping, this activity is limited to participants in the United States.

Have you fallen into a toy and enrichment rut with your birds? Need some new ideas to keep them busy and entertained before the hectic holiday season sets in? The Leather Elves has just the thing to help, and you can support Phoenix Landing Foundation in the process!

Order a unique box of enrichment items from the Leather Elves by October 28th to ensure it arrives in time. Use code PL2020 and $5 from each box will go to Phoenix Landing, and you will receive the invitation to the Virtual Boredom Buster Box Party for Phoenix Landing! Then, join us on November 14th for a special Zoom party hosted by Robin of the Leather Elves, as we open our boxes together and brainstorm toys and other enrichment items to make out of them. Each box is a little different, and you will be able to assemble a minimum of 4 toys or other enrichment items from the contents.
Adoptable bird spotlight:
Adoptable pairs
There's no greater enrichment than having another bird as a best friend. Yet, pairs often take longer to find homes. They aren't always as interested in being touched by people, because they have their feathered bestie for that. But, they can be interactive with people in other ways!

Interested in adopting a pair? Information about our adoption process may be found at
Rory and Shae Quaker parakeets
Rory and Shae, female Quakers, age unknown. (NC)
Arnold and Haye, Quakers, age unknown (MD)
Daisy and Petey Moluccan cockatoos
Daisy and Petey, Moluccan cockatoos, 30s+ (MD)
Layla (scarlet macaw) and Ollie (blue and gold macaw). (NC)
Betsy and Quork
Betsy (military macaw) and Quork (scarlet macaw). (NC)
Rocky and Sunshine male cockatiels
Sunshine and Rocky, male cockatiels (NC)
Adoption announcements
Lilli a Goffins cockatoo
Adoptions finalized in September
Congratulations to all!
  • Coconut (Moluccan cockatoo)
  • Guida (Congo African grey)
  • Lilli (Goffins cockatoo)
  • Moki (blue and gold macaw)
  • Simpson (Congo African grey)
  • Spike (Congo African grey)
Ever daydreamed about living at the
Phoenix Landing adoption center, and caring for the birds?
Phoenix Landing is looking for a new Parrot Care Specialist and On-site Volunteer coordinator. Live on-site at the adoption center in Western North Carolina, help care for the birds here, especially the male cockatoos, and build and coordinate a network of local volunteers to help out on-site. Best of all, you will make a real difference for parrots every single day!
Psst... We want YOU to be the first to know
about an upcoming SALE in the Helping Parrots online store!
It's true, we don't have many sales! But there is a sale coming up later in October. Be on the lookout for the big announcement on our social media sites. Aren't on social media? Sign up below and we'll send you a special notice when the sale starts!
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!
Phoenix Landing Wish List
  • Check out our Wish List on! Or, purchase some books for the parrots at the adoption center through the book enrichment wish list!
  • Additional wish list items: Paper towels, almonds (some shelled and some in-shell), walnuts (without shells), almonds (without shells), and hazelnuts (without shells), ground ceylon cinnamon, ceylon cinnamon sticks, tumeric powder, China Prairie sprouting mix, Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo Bean flour, and organic, no salt added, canned garbanzo beans/chickpeas.
  • 2% Chlorhexidine solution for cleaning.
  • Select Phoenix Landing Foundation as the non-profit you support on Amazon Smile when shopping on Amazon or 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 books, travel cages, perches, fabric safety collars, nuts, food, a Happy Light, toys, toy parts, perches, cleaning solution, and monetary donations! Together, we help more parrots.

Thanks also to those who attended our online education talks in September. Special thanks also goes to presenters Jason Crean, Jen Cunha, and Currie Carothers! Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped with our online classes and events.