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SAT, MAR 25, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, APR 4, 2017
Educational Meeting

SAT, APR 22, 2017
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TUE, MAY 2, 2017
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAY 27, 2017
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TUE, JUN 6, 2017
Educational Meeting

TUE, JUL 4, 2017
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING UNTIL AUG 1

SAT, JUL 22, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 1, 2017
Educational Meeting
Toy Making

SAT, AUG 26, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 5, 2017
Educational Meeting
Parrot 101

SAT, SEP 23, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 3, 2017
Educational Meeting

SAT, OCT 28, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 7, 2017
Educational Meeting

SAT, NOV 25, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 5, 2017
Holiday Potluck and Club Elections


 

Bird of the Month: March 2007
Guapo, Google, Ginkgo and Grace
Archive

The Gang of Four
by Garry Wallan

Hola! My name is Guapo and Iím the First-hatched member of a flock of Blue-Fronted Amazons who emerged from their eggs the week after Easter, 2005. I thought I was going to be the only one, but soon I had a brother (Google), a sister (Ginkgo) and then another brother (Grace) who, by the time he hatched a week after me, was itty-bitty in comparison.

We lived with our bird mommy and daddy for quite a while until the nestbox became so crowded that my daddy starting biting everyone. Luckily, our mammal-dad rescued us and we joined a much larger world. I found out later that mammal-dad accidentally left mommy and daddy's nestbox up and that we were kind of a surprise (mommy and daddy hadnít had any chicks for over twelve years). He could have just thrown us away as eggs; Iím glad he didnít!

As we were growing up, mammal-dad (or just Dad from now on) gave us yummy food, let us wean at our own pace, and provided toys, places to flap our wings, interesting things to do, and humans to play with. We didnít know it then, but Dad was giving us ďenvironmental enrichmentĒ which is just a fancy way of saying he gave us what all parrot-slaves should give their birds. Now, we are a flock of four who...

Shut up, you! Itís MY turn! Hi, Iím Grace and Iím the real boss, see? I guess some humans think thatís a funny name for a boy bird, but I donít care. I like it, so there ppphhhbbbbtttt. Hey, thatís MY toy! Leave it alone! MINE!

Hi, itís me, Guapo again. Grace is battling with his brother Google for a toy they just found. Dad likes to hide them from us just to make us think. As the First-hatched, I have total rights to all toys I can see or touch, but I let my siblings have them sometimes so I can nap.

My sister, Ginkgo, is hiding behind some stuff on our play area, watching the battle. Sometimes she waits for the right moment and runs out to steal the toy, but usually she stays in the background and lets us protect her from...from...well, the macaws look sort of threatening over there, and thereís this funny white bird with a big fluffy head who bounces a lot, and a grey bird with a red tail, and another Amazon like us who says his name is Bluto, and who claims heís our older brother from long ago, but I donít buy it because then HE would have rights to all my toys! None of them threaten us, really. My sis is just cautious, I guess.

Google and Grace are the singers of the group, and love the ďUP THE SPOUTĒ part of the Itsy Bitsy Spider song. Grace also likes to hang upside down like a bat, which is kind of weird. Me? I like to hang out with Dad. Whenever he brings us food, I like to try to jump onto his shirt and climb to the Magic Spot on his back where he canít reach me. Itís wicked FUN!

We like it best when Dad brings vegetables, fruit, pasta and beans to us for dinner. Itís probably the only time of the day we are quiet. Mmmm, yummy! Other times we play, scream, sing, play, eat, play, and then take long naps. There are times when....

Hi, Google here! This is MY toy! MY TOY! See it and despair all you toyless ones! All mine and not yours, or yours, and especially not yours! Iíll keep this toy forever and ever and never let it go and...oh look, an ALMOND!

Guapo again. I need to go and retrieve the toy Google just dropped. No, not ďtheĒ toy...MY toy!

And so the Gang of Four, the Four Wingmen of the Aperchalypse, continue their daily search for toys and new ways to amuse themselves. Who am I? Iím Bluto, their big brother, patently waiting for the moment when I will claim ALL the toys.

 

 

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