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Calendar:

TUE, NOV 5, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, NOV 24, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 3, 2019
Holiday Potluck and Board Elections

SUN, DEC 29, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

2020

TUE, JAN 7, 2020
Educational Meeting

SUN, JAN 26, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, FEB 4, 2020
Educational Meeting

SUN, FEB 23, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAR 3, 2020
Educational Meeting
Bird-Safe Plants in Alaska with Karen Webster

SUN, MAR 29, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, APR 7, 2020
Educational Meeting

SUN, APR 26, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAY 5, 2020
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAY 16, 2020
"Reading Rendezvous" on the Loussac Library lawn 12-4pm

SUN, MAY 17, 2020
"Migratory Bird Day" at the Alaska Zoo 11-5pm

SUN, MAY 24, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, JUN 2, 2020
Educational Meeting

SUN, JUN 28, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

SAT, JUN 27, 2020
Bird Club Picnic, Abbott Park, 11AM-3PM

TUE, JUL 7, 2020
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING UNTIL AUG 4

SUN, JUL 26, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 4, 2020
Educational Meeting

SUN, AUG 23, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 1, 2020
Educational Meeting

SUN, SEP 27, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 6, 2020
Educational Meeting
"Foraging"

SUN, OCT 25, 2020
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon


 

The Tamale Tease
A bird toy suggestion by Lin Westgard

My parrots are foragers and enjoy foot toys very much. I have two cockatoos that love to forage and shred their toys and they REALLY enjoy their almonds and pistachios. But since they are also prone to fatty liver disease, I need to make sure they forage and work for their treat instead of just handing to them. Making it a foraging exercise for them cuts down on the amount they seem to want. So I came up with this “tamale package” for them.

I take tamale skins and soak them for about 20-25 minutes so they are pliable. Then I take one whole skin and peel it into ¼ inch strips in order to make the ties. Then I take an almond and wrap it in another tamale skin and then tie the “bundle” together with one of the strips that I made. Then I put the skins out to dry on a cookie sheet, never bunching them together or stacking them, making sure I rotate them a lot so that they dry fast and no mold develops on the skins. They dry overnight. Once dry, the skins are crunchy and look like little packages. Then I hide one or two in their cages and make them find the toy and then shred it. Once they do, they are pleasantly surprised with finding an almond inside! This is also a great foot toy for when they are in one of those screaming/playing modes and the phone rings. Hand them one of these “tamale packages” and you can get some quiet time! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (907) 868-8058. Enjoy!

 

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