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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


 

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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