– Book corner: Some great summer reading – a flock of parrot books reviewed by examiner George Sommers in the “Pet Gazette”, published by Clipper Press of Duxbury, MA; also available by clicking on The Parrot Keeper’s Library
– We’re havin’ a heat wave. There’s still plenty of summer left, and as Frank Indiviglio points out, excessive heat can be deadly, even for tropical birds like parrots. Heat Stroke in parrots & other Birds
– The myth of “starter birds” and more cautionary info on birds and heat are some of the topics Chet and Dave Womach touch on in their blog http://www.birdtricks.com/blog
– Yogi Bear might not be present to steal your picnic basket, but be prepared to share your goodies with your parrot. Connecticut Association for Aviculture holds a birds-invited picnic at Wickham Park on Saturday, August 13.
– The annual Northeast Bird Group Members Picnic, Bird Swap & Meeting is scheduled for August 7th in Scituate, RI.
– Parrots “Name” their Chicks; Extraordinary new information comes to us from Frank Indiviglio.
– Would you believe that consummate Vegas lounge lizard Wayne Newton has a menagerie of hundreds of animals including 200 recently acquired lovebirds on his 42 acre ranch? A crew of caretakers and veterinarians look after the animals. This report comes to us from Roger Lederer via Flapping Feathers’ Linda Austin.
– > Test Your Parrot IQ from World Parrot Trust’s “Flock Talk” newsletter. Sorry, they haven’t included the answers yet!
– Hoarding: It’s not just crazy old ladies with cats – several birds were rescued (and sadly, several found dead) in the decrepit Ohio home of a male hoarder. The surviving birds are in immediate need of help. This news tip comes to us from friend of the column Lara Joseph. For more info, go to: There is a desperate situation that needs our help….
– LOST AND FOUND DEP’T.: With summer comes open doors and windows – and the occasional bird that flies the coop. An African grey parrot has been lost in the Longmeadow, MA/Enfield CT area. Please contact Barbara or Jason Scavotto at (860) 265-2022 or (860) 597-3307 if you see this bird! Meanwhile, an Quaker parrot has been found in northwest Connecticut. Call Sue at (860) 485-8027. If it is your bird, be prepared to describe the character of the bird, any identifying marks and whether or not it’s banded.
– Kili the Senegal does 20 tricks in 2 minutes! Thanks for sharing from LA veterinarian and friend of this column Melissa Maroff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unO5whIUF-M
– Sage the Meyers parrot practicing to be a rodeo rider.http://youtu.be/jeqK1W2KSWo. – a video from Mary Angel.