-Good or bad news for New Hampshire Quaker parrots, depending on your perspective. On Tuesday, 3/22, the NH House of Reps. Fish & Game Committee voted 12-1 in favor of “grandfathering” current Quaker owners; but no more selling, breeding or bringing the birds into the state. This bill replaces an outright ban bill, potentially forcing current owners to “rehome” their pets. Quaker ownership is already technically illegal in the Granite State, based on fears that the adaptable birds could go feral as they have elsewhere; potentially harmng crops and electrical wires (where they sometimes build nests) and/or native wildlife. The current law has been seldom, if ever enforced. Many NH pet stores openly sold Quakers – until a recent phone inquiry. Despite the less-than-satisfactory outcome for parrot lovers, Rep. Jeanine Notter and others vow to press on for full legality. For further info: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/newsstatenewengland/913236-227/parrot-plan-could-fly.htm
-“Reservoir Birds”? Quentin Tarantino is okay with ultraviolence in movies, but not too big on noisy macaws in the ‘hood, as Flapping Feathers‘ Linda Austin shares with us: http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/03/14/quentin-tarantino-sues-neighbor-over-squawking-birds/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-w%7Cdl7%7Csec3_lnk2%7C206
–Foster Parrots needs your help. This is a great organization which takes in unwanted birds. They are more than halfway towards their goal of raising $40,000 for which they’ve been promised a matching pledge. This would cover 1/3 of their annual operating budget! For further info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your contribution to Foster Parrots, Inc | PO Box 650 | Rockland | MA | 02370. Hurry! in order to receive the matching pledge, contributions must be postmarked by April 1!
-G’day mates! Have a go at this video of the wild parrots of Australia. Watch the video trailer » This is just a preview of a 4 disc DVD collection that can be yours through the World Parrot Trust for $50. For more info go to www.parrots.org
-Disappointed that you missed ghost hunter Linda Wielkotz speaking on animals and the superatural? Due to last week’s snowy forecast, Flapping Feathers of NJ rescheduled their monthly meeting for Wed. 3/30, and Ms. Wielkotz will still be the special guest.
-We recommend leaving this to the experts, but breeding large parrots indoors is featured in this Frank Indiviglio blog. http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatbirdblog/2011/03/15/breeding-large-parrots-in-indoor-cages-%E2%80%93-tricky-but-possible/ Frank also offers some pointers on heating aviaries. http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatbirdblog/2011/03/11/simple-effective-ways-to-heat-your-bird%E2%80%99s-cage-or-bird-room/
-On the other hand (wing?), backyard breeders are to parrots what puppy mills are to dogs, say Chet and Dave Womach.in Stop Backyard Parrot Breeders If you must buy a parrot, have done your homework and know what you’re getting into; a good alternative may be. The Benefits Of Rehoming Parrots Last but not least, should birds NOT of a feather be housed together? The Womachs’ answer: http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/housing-two-different-species-in-one-cage/
–International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants conference April 1-3 includes a Saturday seminar program on birds. Massachusetts author/avian consultant Linda Rubin speaks on captive and flock behavior of Australian parrots, Kashmir Csaky‘s topic is parrot body language and Jamie Whittaker addresses adapting parrots to new homes. The Society of Parrot Breeders & Exhibitors will host a booth in the Exhibit Hall.The conference is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, Rhode Island. It’s a tad pricier than the average “bird show” at $125 (only $112.50 for AFA and SPBE members – woohoo!) For more info go to:http://iaabc2011.eventbrite.com/
-Zebra finch performance art- alerted to us by Linda Austin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZQ4VmicDeM
-Good news and bad news for parrots south of the border. First the good:: Defenders of Wildlife reports that: this year Mexican authorities confiscated the lowest number of black market bound birds in a decade. Good News for Las Guacamayas: Illegal Parrot Trade Decreasing in Mexico
-The bad news is, Mexico recently reported a case of Exotic Newcastle Disease, which can effect domestic birds, to the World Organization for Animal Health. depopulating a flock of birds in Tijuana, just south of the border. This report comes from Flapping Feathers newletter via the California Department of Food and Agriculture.