Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival 2012

September 26, 2012 by  
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The 20th annual Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival offers the perfect opportunity to experience wildlife at its best. The keynote presentation of the event will be delivered by David Allen Sibley, one of America’s leading ornithologists and illustrators and author of the Sibley Guide to Birds. The program features guided tours, nature hikes, boat trips and much more. For more information visit www.esvafestivals.com

Dates: 5-7 October 2012
Venue: Cape Charles
State: Virginia
Country: United States

Rescuing and Rehoming Parrots in Southern Nevada

September 25, 2012 by  
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Operated by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society (SNPERRS) focuses on the rescue and rehoming of parrots, many of which are donated by owners who are no longer in the position to care for them. The ongoing economic crisis in the United States has led to an unprecedented number of home foreclosures, leaving many household pets homeless as families move into rented lodgings or are taken in by other family members or friends. This has led to an influx of birds looking for new homes, making the services of the SNPERRS invaluable.

SNPERRS staff members understand that making the decision to rehome a beloved pet bird is very difficult for both owner and pet, and birds are admitted to the rehoming program only upon the written consent of the owner. While there is no set fee for donating a bird, owners should be aware that each bird admitted to the program undergoes a thorough checkup by an avian veterinarian as part of the procedure, so monetary donations are most welcome. Adoption fees are also kept low and are used to offset veterinarian fees in an effort to ensure a self-sustaining non-profit program. Some owners may choose to donate their parrot because the bird has behavioral issues. In these cases the SNPERRS offers to assist in modifying the bird’s behavior with the goal of keeping it in the home.

Once a bird has been signed over to the society it will initially be placed in a foster home where it will have the opportunity to acclimatize to its new environment and socialize with its foster family. Potential adopters must allow a home visit by the society’s rehoming committee to ensure the bird’s environment is suitable and that the family adopting the bird is familiar with its needs. New owners are asked to send reports of how the bird has settled into its new home and any interesting experiences or interactions they have had with their new feathered family member.

In a recently published interview, executive director of SNPERRS Madeleine Franco noted that since 2007 the society has rehomed more than 100 birds and assisted as many with correcting behavioral problems, helping them to remain with their original owners. She pointed out that giving up a pet can be a traumatic process for both owner and bird as parrots are unique creatures with their own personalities. It is also difficult for a bird to adapt when its owner dies. Whatever the reason for a bird needing a new home, foster families play a crucial role in nurturing and resocializing birds, knowing as they do that their home is a temporary arrangement while a new home is sought. Foster families are clearly very special people stepping in to make the rehoming procedure a more positive experience for parrots in need.

Turtle Bay Bird Walk

September 18, 2012 by  
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This guided walk takes birders to Turtle Bay and Kutras Lake where there are a variety of waders, waterfowl, raptors, gulls and winter resident passerines. Designed for youth from grades 4 to 8 and up, as well as beginners of all ages, the walk starts at the concrete monolith at Turtle Bay at 8:00 am. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit www.wintuaudubon.org

Date: 13 October 2012
Time: 08:00
Venue: Turtle Bay, Wintu
State: California
Country: United States

Hawk Hill Field Trip

September 18, 2012 by  
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The Yolo Audubon Society is organizing a field trip to Marin County to check in on the annual Hawk Watch of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. This is the opportunity for birding enthusiasts to observe hawks, falcons, vultures and accipiters that migrate along the Pacific Flyway. For more information visit www.yoloaudubon.org

Date: 3 October 2012
Time: 06:30
Meeting Place: Marketplace Shopping Center
City: Davis, Yolo County
State: California
Country: USA

Big Chase Northern California 2012

September 18, 2012 by  
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Join the Yolo Audubon Society on September 29 for the Big Chase Northern California. Fall migration will be well underway and birders will have the opportunity of seeing many shorebirds, raptors and passerines. The best locations to visit will be confirmed with the Northern California RBA prior to the event. It is not unusual to see more than 100 species in a day. For more information visit www.yoloaudubon.org

Date: 29 September 2012
Meeting Place: Mace Boulavard
City: Mace, Yolo County
State: California
Country: USA

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