I was chatting with a friend this weekend about his son’s school, STAR Academy in Los Angeles, which is affiliated with the exotic animal rescue organization STAR Eco Station which I hope to visit sometime. Junior and senior high school students learn to interact and care for parrots and other species as they are rehabilitated for adoption. We got to talking about birds and music, so if anyone dares listen to Christmas tunes already, here’s Snowball the Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo dancing in some excerpts from his Christmas medley. (Good stuff really starts about half way in!)
Snowball is also a rescue bird, an 11 year old who was relinquished to the Bird Lover’s Only Sanctuary because of behavioral problems. He has bonded with the owner, and she is keeping him. He’s also turned into a great fund-raiser for the sanctuary. His commercial endorsement contracts include Soba water from Sweden:
Goes to show what a little knowledge and patience with training can do. I notice on the sanctuary web site, Barbara Heidenreich’s Good Bird training site is listed in her favorites. You can purchase the whole Snowball Christmas DVD for a $15 donation to the sanctuary.
(Carly is also fond of bouncing her head and making drum sounds to music, but her sense of rhythm is from another universe!)
Anyone considering a great gift for a parrot lover, please check out some of the wonderful conservation and rescue organizations to the left which offer memberships, sponsorships, and other gifts to help fund their work.