November 30, 2007
PARROT FESTIVAL 2008
HOUSTON , TEXAS
January 25, 26, & 27, 2008
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR VENDOR INFORMATION:
Cheryl Rose; 979-234-7869, 713-557-BIRD (2473) or email@example.com
Presented by: National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation
9th Annual Educational Conference www.parrotfestival.org
Dr. Natalie Antinoff, Rebecca Fox, Dr. Susan Friedman, Barbara Heidenreich, Dr. Debra McDonald,
Leslie Moran, Dr. Geoff Olsen, Nancy Speed, Dr. Ian Tizard
Doubletree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Houston, Texas, 77032 800-222-TREE or 281-848 4000
BOOK ONLINE! See our website for details.
Room Rate For Parrot Festival - $99.00 per night Each room booked benefits NPRPF!!
FREE PARKING!! FREE AIRPORT SHUTTLE from IAH
CONFERENCE/PRE-REGISTRATION:$150.00* - Includes admission all three days to all lectures
presented by our Featured Speakers, admission to the Getting to Know Your NPRPF Forum, The Forum Panel, entry into the Friday evening VIP Meet & Greet, a Treasure Map & access to all Vendors and Exhibitors. (Ask about special group rates). *Registration will be $175 after 1/5/08 & at the door...
"PARTY IN PARROT-DISE" VIP MEET & GREET: Friday - 7:00PM - 10:00PM - Registered attendees, vendors & supporters are invited to join our Featured Speakers & Staff in the Ballroom for the President's VIP Meet & Greet generously sponsored by BIRD TALK MAGAZINE! Wear your best "Parrot Wear" or Tropical Island Attire! Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed in each category! Complimentary Food, Cash Bar, Contests, Prizes & More!!
BANQUET:$40.00 - Saturday - Cocktail Hour begins at 6:30 PM - Be sure to attend this fun "Blue Jeans to Black Tie" charity event! Enjoy a three course meal and have the opportunity to bid on fabulous items offered in the Silent & Live Auctions. All proceeds go towards helping companion parrots through NPRPF.
VENDORS/EXHIBITORS: $5.00 per adult (no charge to registered attendees) - Saturday & Sunday
Visit each of the shops featuring quality vendors from all over the United States. Enjoy fabulous deals on parrot-related merchandise & bird supplies including T-shirts & apparel, antiques & collectibles, jewelry, artwork, ceramics, home décor, cages, toys, toy kits, pellets, treats, supplements, gourmet bird food, publications, videos & more!
TREASURE CHEST DRAWING : - Sunday - Reserved for Registered Attendees - Get your Treasure Map and visit each of the booths & shops featuring quality vendors from all over the United States. After visiting all of the vendors, turn in your stamped Treasure Map at the registration table for a chance to win the Treasure Chest contents contributed by each of the Vendors.
SPONSOR A SPEAKER: In order to keep registration & other fees low, NPRPF depends on individual sponsors to defer the cost of bringing in the Featured Speakers. Expenses for eachFeatured Speaker are $1000 to $1500. Speaker Sponsors at the $100.00 level & above receive acknowledgement in the Program Book, from the stage, and on the marquee of the Featured Speaker you choose to sponsor. You may also contribute to the general fund.
HOW TO REGISTER :Visit www.parrotfestival.org to download a form. Mail the completed form & payment to NPRPF/Registration, 6942 FM 1960 E, #415, Humble, Texas, 77346. To request a form, please call or email.
November 27, 2007
More Pigeon Info, from Maggie Wright
The New York City pigeons are in great need of your support and prayers. There is a movement afoot in the city government to make it illegal to feed a pigeon. Specifically, Democrat Councilman Simcha Felder wants to fine anyone who feeds a pigeon $1000.
Pigeons are descendants of the Rock Dove that lived in cliffs along with the seagulls, gannets, puffins and seals in northern Britain (among other places). They nested in cliff cubby holes to raise their young. Today’s pigeons do well in cities because living in the nooks and crannies of tall city buildings instinctively replicates how their ancestors lived.
Pigeons are not our enemy. Over the years, they have helped humankind by carrying messages across war lines in World War II, as well as carrying blood samples between hospitals and laboratories. Their likeness is used as the image of the Holy Spirit in Christianity today.
Pigeons are gentle, intelligent animals. They have lived peacefully with fellow New Yorkers (and other people in other cities) for eons. They are not overly disease-ridden: there have not been any New Yorker epidemics from them over the years. They are NOT “rats with wings.” They are some of the ONLY remaining nature that New Yorkers have left. They should be treated humanely.
There have been many suggested ideas by more rational people than Mr. Felder, such as pigeon expert Andrew Blechman. The link to his article in the New York Times is below:
For the past few months, I have been infuriated to read about the illegal netting and trapping of pigeons that has been done in New York City by THUGS ……and no one in the city government has seemed to do a thing about it. These birds were either sold for food…..or WORSE! They were sent to “pigeon shoots” to be used as “real pigeons” as opposed to “clay pigeons!” I remember reading about the horrible Pennsylvania pigeon shoots where the birds were released in the air to be shot for target practice. If they were not dead, some of the spectators were known go KICK and STOMP on the wounded birds until they died. AND some of these spectators were children!!!! What are we teaching them???? What is wrong with us????
And now we want to starve them?
If you care about the pigeons, please send a note to Mayor Bloomberg of New York City to resolve this issue with the pigeons in a more humane manner. For more information, you may refer to the links below.
http://peopleforpigeons.blogspot.com/ (People for Pigeons web site)
November 26, 2007
Dancing bird even MoonWalks!
November 22, 2007
Another White House Pardon
President George W. Bush offers an official pardon to May, the 2007 Thanksgiving Turkey, during festivities Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, in the Rose Garden of the White House. In pardoning May, and the alternate, Flower, the President said, "May they live the rest of their lives in blissful gobbling. And may all Americans enjoy a holiday full of love and peace. God bless you all." White House photo by Chris Greenberg
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. Though live Thanksgiving turkeys have been presented intermittently to presidents since the Lincoln administration, the current ceremony dates to 1947, when the first National Thanksgiving Turkey was presented to President Harry Truman.
The presentation at times has brushed against broader history. For example, the November 1963 event was one of President Kennedy's last in the Rose Garden. The first President Bush conducted the 1990 ceremony just before leaving for Thanksgiving with the troops in the Persian Gulf region. President Clinton in 1996 returned from an Asian summit and literally went directly to the ceremony.
The 2007 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate are from Dubois, Indiana and were raised under the direction of National Turkey Federation Chairman Ted Seger. The 21-week old turkey, will weigh about 45 pounds, when he is driven to Washington...
The National Thanksgiving Turkey was raised using normal feeding and other production techniques. The one exception is they were provided increased interaction with people so that they would be prepared for their role at the White House Ceremony.
Presidents traditionally have granted the National Thanksgiving Turkey a "pardon". After the presentation, the turkey will be flown first class to Disney World in Orlando, where he will be the grand marshal of “Disney’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” After the parade, guests will be able to visit the bird in the backyard of Mickey’s Country House in Magic Kingdom Park.
November 21, 2007
Artist Inspired by Parrots, New Zeland.
Grant Tilly spreads his wings with a new exhibition called Parrot Fashion at Pataka. After working the last couple of years with native New Zealand birds as an inspiration, Tilly wanted to spread his wings a little and take on the majestic world of parrots. Tilly quite liked the idea that an exhibition could be called Parrot Fashion. They fascinate him with their glorious colours and their cheeky characteristics. The Pacific rim is particularly rich in examples of these intriguing birds.
Read the rest of the story from New Zeland
November 20, 2007
Support NY Pigeons!
From the New York Bird Club: (Read their Blog)
Rally: Friday, November 30 - (noon - 1)
Please show your support of pigeons and their right to peacefully exist in our City by opposing Councilman Simcha Felder's proposal to fine anyone $1,000 for giving a hungry pigeon a crumb of food, by attending the rally on Friday, November 30 from noon to 1 pm. Please bring signs and banners in opposition to the proposed Bill.
Where: Steps of City Hall, 131 Duane Street between Chambers and Vesey Streets, Manhattan.
Transportation: Subway 4,5 to Brooklyn Bridge; R,W to City Hall; A,C, 2,3 to Fulton Hall.
Please also Visit People for Pigeons for more info.
November 19, 2007
Japan whale expedition condemned
The hunting fleet has instructions to kill up to 1,000 whales. Humpback whales will be hunted for the first time in over 40 years.
Japan says the hunt is for research purposes and that numbers are too small to have a major impact on populations.
New Zealand PM Helen Clark said this claim was "deception" and that the whalers should not have left port.
The Japanese whaling fleet set sail on its five-month mission from the southern port of Shimonoseki on Sunday.
As well as up to 900 minke whales and 50 fin whales, it will kill up to 50 humpback whales for the first time since a moratorium was introduced in 1963.
The species had been hunted almost to extinction before the ban.
Please read the full story here
November 16, 2007
Singing Bird From Augusta In The National Spotlight
An Augusta bird is in the national spotlight. Booger Bear, the singing parrot from Augusta, was just featured on national television.
He's a 10-year-old Yellow Naped Amazon. And since his birth he's learned to talk and sing.
Read the full story HERE
November 15, 2007
The Beauty of Ugly
"NATURE" travels the world for close encounters with repellant pigs, beastly birds, frightful fish and other repulsive creatures when "The Beauty of Ugly" premieres on PBS Sunday, November 18, 8PM (check local listings). The globetrotting ugly pageant reveals the vital functions behind the vile features in the animal kingdom.
check out NATURE's ugliest animal photo competition. To learn more go HERE
November 13, 2007
During this time, many people will use the phrase "Indian Summer" to describe just about every warm spell that occurs, much like they would use "Dog Days" during a stretch of stifling hot, humid days in late July or early August.
Most people are familiar with the phrase, but few know exactly where it came from, and or what it means exactly...
In their Glossary of Meteorology, The American Meteorological Society (AMS) defines "Indian Summer" as a period in mid- or late autumn (Fall), of abnormally warm weather, with generally clear skies, sunny but hazy days, and cool nights.
Several different explanations exist about the origins of the term, "Indian Summer":
The Most Likely: "Indian Summer" was the period that early Native Americans used for hunting. The warm conditions encouraged animals to stay outside, and the hazy air gave humans a natural advantage.
Another Possibility: Early Native Americans would allow the warmer conditions following a significant frost to fully ripen their crops for harvesting, which then would be gathered and stored with extra food before even colder weather associated with the harsh New England winter arrived killing the crops all together!
Outside the U.S., conditions similar to our "Indian Summer" can be observed in England as well as many countries throughout the Mediterranean. These conditions also occur in late autumn, and are referred to as "Saint Martin`s Summer", or "All Hallows Summer", relating to our All Hallows Eve, or Halloween.
November 12, 2007
Victims of oil spill
From San Jose Mercury News
FRANTIC RESCUE EFFORT QUICKENS AS OIL SLICK TAKES TOLL ON AVIAN LIFE
CORDELIA - The oil-smeared duck lived long enough to pull himself onto Stinson Beach. He was still alive when found by volunteers Saturday morning, and survived their rushed trip to veterinarians here at the Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center.
But by afternoon he was just one more casualty of the black tide that spewed out of the damaged container ship Cosco Busan into one of the richest avian regions on the Pacific Coast.
Please read the full story at the link above!
November 09, 2007
Parrot eggs seized at airport
From Scoop Independent news:
Parrot eggs seized at airport
A 21-year-old South African national, Pillipus Fourie, was convicted in Manukau District Court today for attempting to illegally smuggle parrot eggs into New Zealand.
Fourie pleaded guilty and was fined a total of $20,000. A fine of $10,000 for “attempting to possess unauthorised goods” and $5,000 for “making a false declaration” --- both were imposed under the Bio-Security Act. A further $5,000 was imposed under the Trade in Endangered Species Act for “trading in threatened species”.
A total of 44 parrot eggs were concealed in a purpose-made vest that was worn under the man’s clothing.
Read the Full Story
November 08, 2007
Einstein on Animal Lovers United!
Einstein the Grey is on our Sister site Animal Lovers United! This is a quick tribute to *who let the dogs out*. Einstein has uploaded a bunch of fun video's.. you don't have to be a star to upload pictures or videos of your Companion on the site.. you could be a star too!!
November 06, 2007
This Sunday, cuddly cubs grow into big cats with an unlikely surrogate mother.
Film Charts Four-Year Emotional Rollercoaster As Acclaimed Filmmaker Raises Cuddly Cubs Into Big Cats, Preparing Them To Return To The Wild
At just four weeks old, cheetah cubs Toki and Sambu were orphaned when a lion killed their mother. Shortly after, Simon King, who has filmed wild cheetahs for 20 years, became their new parent at the 50,000-acre Lewa wildlife conservancy in northern Kenya. From bottle-feeding to teaching them how to hunt as their mother would have, King hand-reared the brothers and became deeply attached to them in the process. Toki and Sambu's life under King's care, by turns idyllic and tragic, and unfolding amid the stunning vistas of the Kenya savannah, is shown when The Cheetah Orphans premieres Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 8 p.m.