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Calendar:

TUE, JUL 7, 2020
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING

SAT, JUL 25, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 4, 2020
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING

SAT, AUG 22, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 1, 2020
Educational Meeting TBA

SAT, SEP 26, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 6, 2020
Educational Meeting TBA

SAT, OCT 24, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 3, 2020
Educational Meeting TBA

SAT, NOV 21, 2019
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 1, 2020
Holiday Potluck and Board Elections TBA

SAT, DEC 26, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

2021

TUE, JAN 5, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, JAN 23, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, FEB 2, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, FEB 20, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAR 2, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAR 27, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, APR 6, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, APR 24, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAY 4, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAY 15, 2021
"Reading Rendezvous" on the Loussac Library lawn 12-4pm

SAT, MAY 16, 2021
"Migratory Bird Day" at the Alaska Zoo 11-5pm

SAT, MAY 22, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, JUN 1, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, JUN 26, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

SAT, JUN 26, 2021
Bird Club Picnic, Abbott Park, 11AM-3PM


 

Softee Preening Toy
Courtesy of Greg Wilkie and Ann Taylor

Our flock use the softees as preening toys and we use the toys to redirect the birds focus when feather destructive behaviors are displayed.

What You Need:
  • Cotton fabric. Flannel or fleece are a good choices. We use the remnants from odd lot sale bins at fabric stores.
  • Scissors, or cutting wheel. Our preference is the cutting wheel and a straight edge, much faster than using scissors.
  • Cutting board, or another safe surface to cut fabric on.
  • Marbella plastic shape (e.g., square, ring) as base for toy. We purchase our shapes from bulk toy-making parts suppliers available locally and online.
  • Carabineer, quick link, or cable tie to fasten toy to cage. Carabineers allow the toys to swing and sway from the top of the cage or a playstand. Cable ties attach the toy solidly to the side of the cage or on a playstand.
Instructions:

Layout the fabric on the cutting board, hold the straight edge firmly on top of the fabric and run the cutting wheel down the fabric.

We use one-half to one-inch wide swaths of fabric, depending on the size of the parrot we will give the toy to. Cut the swaths into six to eight–inch long strips.

Tie the strips with a simple knot on the marbella plastic shape, making a “wreath” looking toy. If you are giving the toy to a cockatoo, you may want to use longer strips and try different types of knots – square, half-hitch, constrictor, bundtline hitch, etc.

Variations to the basic toy:
  • Intersperse vegetable dyed leather strips with the fabric
  • Intersperse sisal, manila, or 100 percent cotton rope with the fabric

Our smaller cockatoos love to untie intricate knots. Our larger cockatoos simply bite through the knots. Either way, our cockatoos, macaws and African grays love playing with the different textures; and they trade off softee pieces with one another.

Ann Taylor has worked with companion birds for over 13 years, starting with a blue-fronted Amazon and now having six cockatoos, three macaws and two African grays. Ann is past Membership Chair of The Alaska Bird Club (2006), and you can reach Ann at: normismydog@msn.com.

Gregory D. Wilkie is a degreed ethologist, an associate member of the International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants (IAABC), past-President of The Alaska Bird Club (2006), and works full-time changing organizational cultures. You can reach Greg at: flockoften@hotmail.com

 

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