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September 2009 | Issue 25
Owning a pet parrot (or, having one own you) is, of course, a big responsibility. There are the issues of proper nutrition, health care, socializing and so on,
all to maintain the physical and mental well being of your pet. And sometimes there is the unfortunate task of having to give up a beloved parrot.
In this issue we talk of rescues, one in particular, which has had to be inventive with its rescues from the start. We also deal with the issue of psittacosis,
and how it can affect more than just a family pet. And with a twinkle in our eye we ask you all to let us know about some of the good things you've done for parrots,
all with a sprinkle of humour and a dash of hope.
Desi Milpacher, Flock Talk editor
Where found: Buru, S Moluccas, Indonesia.
Ecology: Wild diet not recorded; may move frequently in response to food availability.
IUCN Status: Critically endangered, Appendix II
Threats: Almost complete clearance of coastal forest on Buru, and degradation of forest on other parts of the island.
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Carving for Communities
WPT supporting people who once harvested parrots
For a number of years the World Parrot Trust has supported local people from Guyana by purchasing and reselling some very unique items: parrot figurines.
Standing two to three inches tall and measuring four to seven inches in length, these ornaments are carved from natural balata
The selling of these detailed
parrot sculptures provides income for some of the poorest people in South America. By supporting these artisans,
the WPT is helping to save local parrots that may
otherwise be trapped and sold into the bird trade. Please help save parrots by supporting these artisans.
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A Serious Illness for Parrots and Humans
In our last issue we began examining a number of
(things you may catch from your parrot and vice versa). One of these diseases is psittacosis, or "parrot fever," a disorder caused by a tenacious bacterial parasite,
Read the article to find out more about this serious illness and what you can do to prevent it.
Parrot Adoption Education
by Judy Hill
Source: PsittaScene 15.1,
When Judy Hill and her husband David decided to set up a parrot rescue and rehabilitation group, they realized they had a number of choices to make.
The largest decision concerned where the abandoned birds were to be housed -- no easy task.
Read about their innovative solutions to some puzzling problems.
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2010 Parrots Calendar
Supporting conservation with pretty pictures of parrots
Endorsed by The World Parrot Trust, this year's calendar provides a gallery of stunning images of parrots in natural settings as they are rarely seen,
from world-renowned wildlife photographers.
Each image includes informative captions about the featured species, which
include the Blue-throated Macaw, Hyacinth Macaw, Baudin's Black Cockatoo, and
Support the WPT's work by purchasing one of these striking calendars today.
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We'd like to Hear from YOU!
Tell us about some great things you've done for parrots
These days, in the midst of some bad-to-worse news all over the world, people begin to crave some good news for a change...the World Parrot Trust is no exception.
So with that in mind we'd like to ask you for your good news -- something special you've done for the parrots. Let us know if you've had a raffle for wild parrots,
your school has raised awareness about endangered parrots, or you've rescued some abandoned pet birds and given them a home.
Good old-fashioned good news, topped
off with a bit of humour. Just send us your story via email at email@example.com, and if we like it,
we'll include it in an issue of Flock Talk. So write away; we love a good story!
Events, Donations and Other Good Things
Creative people supporting World Parrot Trust projects
2009 Parrot Lover's Cruise
October 24, 2009
Featuring Dr. James Morrisey DVM, Robin Shewokis and Lara Joseph.
2nd Annual Florida West Coast Avian Society (FWCAS) Parrot Symposium
November 7-8, 2009
Featuring Sally Blanchard, Susan Clubb, DVM, Robin Shewokis, Cassie Malina
and Glenn Reynolds (WPT-USA).
You and Your Parrot
November 7, 2009
A one-day course dedicated to the education of parrot behaviour and care.
Contact: Wesley Flower
Phone: 01495 792823
True Early Bird Dinner
November 15, 2009
Hosted by the Golden Cockatoo Exotic Bird Boutique, this exciting fundraising event
will see proceeds going towards the Cape Parrot Endangered Species Project (CAPES).
Contact: Jean Horvitz
2010 International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) Annual Conference
March 3-6, 2010
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