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Calendar:

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

TUE, DEC 5, 2017
Holiday Potluck and Board Elections

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

2018

TUE, JAN 2, 2018
Educational Meeting
Movie Night!

SAT, JAN 27, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, FEB 6, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, FEB 24, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAR 6, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAR 24, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, APR 3, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, APR 21, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAY 1, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAY 19, 2018
"Reading Rendezvous" on the Loussac Library lawn 12-4pm

SUN, MAY 20, 2018
"Migratory Bird Day" at the Alaska Zoo 11-5pm

SAT, MAY 26, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, JUN 5, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, JUN 23, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

SAT, JUN 30, 2018
Bird Club Picnic, Abbott Park, 11AM-3PM

TUE, JUL 3, 2018
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING UNTIL AUG 7

SAT, JUL 28, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 7, 2018
Educational Meeting

SUN, AUG 19, 2018
Homeless Animals Day at the Alaska Zoo!

SAT, AUG 25, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 4, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, SEP 22, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 2, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, OCT 27, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 6, 2018
Educational Meeting

SAT, NOV 24, 2018
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 4, 2018
Holiday Potluck and Board Elections


 

Bird of the Month: March 2008
Elliot
Archive


Elliot, before

By Lin Westgard, Bird Mom

Elliot came to my home after his owner could no longer care for him. He was just over two years old. He was totally plucked from the head down. He was scared and lonely and very weak. But he had a tremendous will to live that kept him going. He fell many times off of his cage and he didnít know how to be a parrot. He was quiet and hardly said anything and never squawked for attention.

I knew he was in trouble. I gave him his space and a safe cage and sat next to him for days on end, never intruding on him and told him it was okay. He wouldnít let me touch him for a long, long time. He went to the vet and got thoroughly tested for disease and a full CBC was done on his blood. Elliot was also DNA tested as male, so he went through a name change from Ellie to Elliot. And other than slightly elevated white blood cell counts, he tested okay.

What I figured he needed was a second chance. I was busy with my other bird, a rambunctious male umbrella cockatoo, full of life and very loud. Elliot was scared of him and watched him from across the room with awe. It took three years for Elliot to come out of his sheltered self-protection mode. Three LONG years of giving him his own space and letting him come to his own terms with his new home and his new flock members.

A little cockatiel named Peter came to join the flock and the house was filled with wonderful bird noises. Elliot is a medium sulphur crested cockatoo. His species comes from Australia, where they flock in groups of 50-60 birds at a time, sometimes more. I knew he was going to thrive in his new home with other birds, I just had to give him that chance to come to his own terms and not force anything onto him.

He was still plucking and was starting to say "step up", but he wouldnít step up. He preferred men and I wasnít a man. His vet, Dr. Jackie Frederickson, did a heavy metal toxicity test to rule out other possible medical problems. He came back negative. He twitched, which stymied the best of them. He could have had a neurological problem, we didnít know. It looked like a combination frenzy of food hoarding in his feathers and autism.

His previous owners would laden his only drinking water with over-the-counter vitamins and then let the water sit and evaporate into a mucky, sticky mess. He still, to this day, will not drink from a water cup.


Casper, Peter and Elliot

Today, after five years, Iím pleased to say that Elliot is coming along wonderfully. Heís acting much like a parrot and trying to grow his feathers. He flies now and not afraid to land on perches placed strategically around the house for him. Heís talking and dancing and interacting with the other birds. He steps up onto me for a cuddle and then he leaves. He gives wonderful "kisses" and by tapping his beak on my nose.

He cares about his surroundings and he tolerates us humans rather well. I believe he is beginning to trust us again. He did it all on his own. I whisper in his ear, day after day, "you are a wonderful parrot and I promise to take care of you on the level you deserve."

On those days Iím tired and donít feel like cleaning cages, or cutting up endless fruits and vegetables, or stringing endless toys and baskets, I think of that promise and look at Elliot. I remember that will to live and the obstacles he overcame and I get up and just do it. He took that second chance and ran with it. He trusts humans again and plays like a two year old. He treats the other birds with respect, but defends his own space just like he should. I can see him getting better every day.

I hope one day to see him in a huge aviary, outside with other birds, foraging for food and playing with toys; being the parrot he was born to be.

 

 

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