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Cooper decided that once a month she wants to feature those who rescue, shelter or are active in the conservation of her feathered friends. This month she would like to promote Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends (with locations in California, New York, Atlanta and Utah) operates pet adoption centers, spay/neuter clinics and no-kill initiatives as well as a No More Homeless Pets Network of animal rescue groups in every corner of the nation.

There are all sorts of animals available for adoption, including cats, dogs, horses, turtles, rabbits, pigs and, of course, birds. There are currently 83 birds available for adoption at the Kanab, Utah Sanctuary (including the cockatiels pictured above).

If you would like to help. you can donate, sponsor an animal or even help through shopping on Amazon Smile. The site also has stories of animals like Mitch the cockatiel, who found his forever home (along with 3 other cockatiels and 7 budgies).

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Cooper decided that once a month she wants to feature those who rescue, shelter or are active in the conservation of her feathered friends. This month she would like to promote Phoenix Landing.pl

Phoenix Landing is an all volunteer organization dedicated to the welfare of parrots – from budgies to macaws.They facilitate adoption, have a foster program, help veterinarian students interested in avian medicine, sponsor research and conservation for wild parrots, advocate standards of care for birds and provide educational opportunities for the public.pl1

Phoenix Landing has helped 2,663 parrots ​as of February 1st. A newsletter is available on their site if you would like to know more. You can donate on their site. They also have a store with toys, perches, clothing, books and food for birds. Shopping here helps to support their education and adoption programs.pl2

Thanks to Eve for letting us know about this wonderful organization.

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Cooper decided that once a month she wants to feature those who rescue, shelter or are active in the conservation of her feathered friends. This month she would like to promote Burge Bird Rescue.burgeThis Kansas City, Missouri non profit was started by veterinarian Dr. Julie Burge in 1990. She, her staff and volunteers provide medical help and shelter for birds. Birds available for adoption include parrots, doves, cockatiels and budgies. You must pass a screening interview to adopt. Birds that will remain at the shelter (due to special needs or medical issues, for example) reside in the Sanctuary Room. 12-23-15SanctuaryRoomThe website has bios and photos of the birds and information about bird care. There are  rescue stories, too. Some birds are available for sponsorship.1-16DuckyErnieIf you are thinking about sponsoring a bird, donating to a worthy cause or would like to add a bird to your family (and are in the Missouri area), please contact Burge Bird Rescue here.

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Today is National Bird Day

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Cooper is on her soapbox to spread awareness about National Bird Day. She hopes that bird lovers everywhere will celebrate their feathered friends by helping and/or learning about bird welfare and conservation. Cooper’s wish is that one day no bird species will be endangered or caged, and that all birds will fly free. Or waddle free (penguins). Or run free (ostriches). Well, you get the idea.
You can learn more about National Bird Day and ways you can be involved here.

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Free Flight

We visited the birds at the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary today. They were having a holiday toy workshop where you could make toys for the birds.

TimmytimmyLunalunaBraidy (with pinnies)braidyRedredOzzieozzie Midori (sponsored by Kelle and John) playing peek-a-boo.midoriBlizzardblizzardEcho is new to Free Flight.echoNot sure who this is – Casper maybe? They have so many cockatoos.ctooThere are also a few African Greys.greyAnd macaws.bmac*These were taken with Harry’s cell phone. Can’t wait until the camera is back from the shop!

Here are Ozzie and Midori in action. Midori was singing, but was shy when the camera was on.

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The Perch

The Perch is a parrot cafe in Colorado Springs. At The Perch (a partner of the Metro Denver Parrot Rescue), you can have a cup of coffee and hang out with the rescue birds. The birds are available for adoption, and the cafe is a great way for people to learn about the birds and bond with them. It takes two to four weeks to adopt a parrot, including an online course and a home inspection.

photo: Rocky Mountain Food Reportrockymountainfoodreport The cafe also sells birds supplies and toys and holds special classes (how to make a seagrass mat for your bird, etc.) and events. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by!

        photo: CritterFilescritterfilesYou can find out more about The Perch here.

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