WORLD PARROT MISSION ON TV! FEB '10
Whether you know me professionally as a Realtor, from our Gallery in Key Largo, Captain’s Imports or the World Parrot Mission, you know that the passion in my life is for helping parrots to a better life.
I hope the New Year has brought you new life, new hope and new dreams. I know it has for the World Parrot Mission. After having knee surgery in November, I’ve had a more painful and lengthy recovery than I ever would have imagined. I am still (here in February already) going to Physical Therapy and not able to do all the things I was doing before the surgery. But, I do see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel and feel that in another month or so I will be like new and back out doing all the wonderful activities that life has to offer.
This year has already brought surprises for the birds at the WPM in the form of reporters wanting to know more about parrots. You can see their reports on the links below. We’re hoping that more people will want to come and see us and help in the continuing effort to build a true sanctuary where the birds can live and fly. I’m going to keep on working toward that goal as long as I’m physically able to do so, which I hope will be a long enough time to make it happen! I appreciate your help. I appreciate these reporters coming to the World Parrot Mission to learn more about the lives of parrots. Please check out these links below.
WORLD PARROT MISSION ON TV WITH REPORTER SCOTT FAIS!
When you go to this news channel 13 of Orlando website, go to Brows Video Category and scroll down to select TRAVEL, then click on Wings of Kindness
WORLD PARROT MISSION ON SCOTT FAIS’ BLOG:
JIM FOSTER’S OUTDOOR BLOGSPOT:
Scroll all the way down to the Key Largo section and you will see what Jim had to say about his visit to our “rainforest” at the WPM.
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NEW YEAR THOUGHTS:
My knee, in conjunction with the cold weather, has kept the birds inside and not able to travel to the aviary at the World Parrot Mission Headquarters as there is nowhere for them to be out of the wind and cold there. Those of you who have birds know that we can’t put them out in the cold and just leave them there to shiver as they will usually get sick from such treatment. So, as the weather warms up, which I’m hoping will happen soon, the birds will get back to their lives of fun in a small rainforest with their waterfall and swings and slides. They also enjoy the visits of tourists and locals who come to see them and wish us well in our endeavor to build a sanctuary, as well as our efforts to continue to teach about the true nature of parrots. I certainly enjoy the visitors who come to the “rainforest” also. It gives me a venue for teaching about parrots and opening peoples’ eyes to the lack of information that is out there for the general public.
I am constantly answering emails and calls for information on what to do with a parrot in certain situations. I am always happy to be here to help, and do so freely. To give you an example of some of the emails, one was from a man who had started dating a woman with a cockatoo. The cockatoo, naturally, thinking the woman was her mate of several years, did not like the man’s intrusion on their household. The man told me that the cockatoo had actually stalked him as he went down the hall and attacked, causing stitches. This was an email that I received right on the heels of my surgery. I was not able to answer for days and when I finally did, with suggestions and letting him know that the woman would have to agree to work with the bird to show that the man was truly not a threat, the man had already decided that it was too much for him to deal with and was no longer dating the woman.
This is actually a common situation. Single men or women can be very needy of a bird’s attention and not realize that they are setting themselves up for problems when they do find a human companion that they’d like to have in their lives. I caution people constantly about not touching their birds in ways that could entice the bird into thinking that the human has the ability to be their mate. I have had birds for 25 years and although they are completely bonded to me, even most of those that came from other homes, I do not touch them anywhere below their shoulders. Rubbing their heads and necks is certainly enough to give them love and affection without giving them any thought of mating.
I believe that because we have birds with the hormones and the plumbing of mating, we must be extra careful not to promote those feelings of needing to mate as it can cause problems and confusion, along with the dissatisfaction of a need that can’t be truly met. I was called for counseling to come to a home to help with a “non-stop screaming” problem of a bird. It was the home of a man once who thought it was funny that he could rub his cockatoo’s preen gland and she would tremble and move with excitement. The poor bird, after being amusement for the man’s friends, was then put back in a small cage, still shaking like a leaf. The bird had chewed and plucked most of her feathers in total frustration and sat almost naked in a cage on his back porch. Once he showed me his “trick,” the only one he’d taught her, I decided the best thing for the bird would be to find the bird a new home and he easily handed over the screaming bird to me. The last time I saw her, she was doing much better and was with other cockatoos in a wonderful forever home.
As we get to know more and more about the intelligence and emotions of animals through TV and the internet, I feel my work has become more and more important in saving those parrots that I can and shedding light on those who think it’s a “cool” or “fun” idea to buy a macaw or any parrot that must spend it’s days caged. The last person who came to the WPM saying that he was thinking of buying a parrot walked away saying “I think I’ll get a small dog.” To me, that was mission accomplished. I know there are those of you who have parrots who are saying “my parrot is so happy and spoiled rotten.” First, you must realize that with most of these larger birds, they will live longer than you will. So, whatever wonderful life they have with you, could surely become a life of misery when you’re gone. There are way too many stories of people thinking they willed a bird to someone who would love it, only to have the bird sold or left in the cage because it bit the new “owner.” I think parrots can only be as happy as we, humans, would be in a cage at the Jolly Green Giant’s house, where he let us out when he came home and played with us. There would never be a falling in love and fulfilling that love scenario (mating), because he’s just not the same! Mating seems to be a strong urge in most species, and that is certainly not an exception when it comes to parrots. We (living in a giant’s home in a cage) would adapt and accept whatever affection we could get and we’d be very glad that he was nice to us (if he was), but could it ever make us truly happy? When I see parrots in the wild with their mates, I feel so sorry for those who will never be able to have the contentment of the family they were meant to have while soaring through the sky, just like the other not-so-colorful or entertaining birds do.
So, my mission is to have people who live with parrots treat those parrots as well as they possibly can; and the people who don’t have parrots to understand that it’s an animal that needs a mate and to fly much more than it needs a cage. My largest mission is to protect the parrots that are being abused or are no longer wanted by someone who mistakenly thought it would be a great pet or can simply no longer care for the bird. The last part of my mission is to teach people that we must try to protect their forest homes and visit them in their amazing wildness as opposed to caging them to change them into what we think they should be for our entertainment. I am thrilled to be part of a new awakening as to the reality of parrots.
SESAME STREET FOR BIRDS?
I just came in from sitting and playing with the birds before their “nite-nite” ritual and turning out the lights in their room. The TV in our bird room goes on automatically at around 7:30 a.m. and goes off automatically at about 7:30 p.m. This gives the birds a full 12 hours of sleep. I recommend to anyone having a bird that anytime you must leave your bird alone, just as you would a child (so you can cook, etc.), give him TV to keep him company. That means let him SEE it and HEAR it. The TV is always tuned to the PBS Channel, which plays children’s shows daily for most of the day during the week and on the weekend, we change to Nickelodeon. As I watched with the birds tonight, I was very intrigued that “Bert and Ernie” were in the rainforest tracking down a “birdcatcher who was catching birds and putting them in cages so he could look at them!” Bert and Ernie caught the birdcatcher in a cage and made him promise to never catch another bird and put it in a cage. Bravo!!!!!!! I will send an email to Sesame Street and tell them what an important lesson they are teaching children.
Here is a link to a video of a Brazilian release of parrots back into the wild. After the first few photos you will get to the video. It’s beautiful and a joy to watch.
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Thanks for your support and good wishes. I hope you have a great year and I wish you lots of happiness. Jenifer Dermer, Executive Director, World Parrot Mission, Key Largo, Florida