Did you know that Parrots are essentially wild animals? They are accustomed to natural full spectrum light from the sun.
In a domestic environment, they need full spectrum light to stave off depression and anxiety. A parrot’s vision is extraordinary and it is their most important sense. Full spectrum light is crucial to a [...]
Our 2nd Annual Garuda Gala Fundraiser took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013, and what a great day it was!
The weather was perfect and over 200 visitors attended our Gala this year. Many of our guests were first time visitors and everyone crowded around the outdoor flight cage to see the flock and learn [...]
Did you know that Parrots are essentially wild animals?They are accustomed to natural full spectrum light from the sun.
In a domestic environment, they need full spectrum light to stave off depression and anxiety. A parrot’s vision is extraordinary and it is their most important sense. Full spectrum light is crucial to a parrot’s mental and emotional health. Here at Garuda Aviary, as autumn approaches and the days get shorter and colder, our flock has less opportunity to experience natural sunlight in their outdoor flight cage, and full spectrum indoor lights are especially important.
Currently, we are in need of new full spectrum light bulbs for the indoor aviary. Each light bulb costs around $18 and our need is ongoing, as the bulbs do eventually burn out. The Garuda Aviary will be purchasing these special light bulbs and we would like to invite you, our caring contributors, to literally help “light up the lives” of our flock! To make a contribution of any amount, please click on the DONATE button on the right. Rest assured that your kind contribution will go a long way to both maintaining and improving the flock’s mental and emotional health. As always, our deepest thanks for your kind contribution. Thank you for “lighting up their lives”!
Our 2nd Annual Garuda Gala Fundraiser took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013, and what a great day it was!
The weather was perfect and over 200 visitors attended our Gala this year. Many of our guests were first time visitors and everyone crowded around the outdoor flight cage to see the flock and learn firsthand about why we exist as a lifelong sanctuary for abused, neglected and abandoned companion Parrots. (Click on any image to see a larger version.)
Our Director of Avian Care, Rigdzen Zeoli spent the entire afternoon answering questions and sharing his knowledge and expertise about these magnificent birds and our mission at Garuda Aviary. Many expressed disbelief upon learning that the lifespan of Parrots can be from 50 – 100 years old and that most outlive their owners, that their emotional intelligence is similar to that of a 3 year old human toddler and about the cruelty and inhumanity of the illegal Parrot Trade.
Up on the front porch, our educational video played in a continuous loop, while visitors enjoyed our Bake Sale, a delicious outdoor BBQ Lunch and the melodious sounds of “Crosswinds”, who played an mix of hits from the 50′s and onward.
Parents were able to relax and enjoy the Live Music, while the children participated in supervised arts and crafts on the picnic table on the front lawn.
“The Healers Touch” offered beautiful jewelry for sale and detailed artistic Face Painting for children of all ages.
Our welcome table provided visitors with opportunities to become a volunteer at Garuda Aviary and several people expressed interest to sign up to receive our online newsletter “Flock Talk”, and to learn more about our mission.
Here is more information on the terrific Crosswinds Band.
The Gala is our Annual Fundraiser and we are thankful for the support and generosity of our many contributors! You are making a huge difference in the lives of the birds.
If you were unable to attend the Gala, and would like to make a donation, please consider doing so now. We invite you to consider making a regular monthly donation to support our mission. To make a donation NOW, please click on the link below. In closing, all we can say is “Tweet-Tweet-Tweet”- that’s bird speak for “Thank You Very Much”!
Our 2nd Annual Garuda Gala Fundraiser is happening this year on Saturday, June 22 from 1 pm – 4 pm at The Garuda Aviary in Poolesville, Maryland.
Bird viewing will be available during the entire event, plus live music by “Crosswinds”, featuring an eclectic mix of hits from the 60′s through today that will get you up dancing! We will have fun activities for children and delicious food will be available for purchase, along with a bake sale, featuring lots of sweet treats (click on the flyer below to view a larger image):
Live music, food, fun, and an opportunity to learn!
Would you like to become a volunteer at the Garuda Aviary?
Currently, we are recruiting new volunteers to help our crew in the Garuda Aviary, our Lifelong Sanctuary for abused, neglected, and abandoned companion Parrots and other exotic Birds.
As a volunteer at the Garuda Aviary some of your duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Washing, cleaning, and replacing feed and water bowls (usually done in the Kitchen area of the Aviary)
Cleaning the Aviary facility which may include sweeping, washing, taking out garbage, etc., as directed
Washing and chopping the daily produce in the Kitchen and following all diagrams which list bowls by number and amounts of produce by weight.
Helping our Director of Avian Care replace feed bowls into cages, as directed
Running errands to get food, hardware, and other supplies as needed
Working outside doing weeding, cleaning, or other outside maintenance as needed
Additionally, we offer ALL of our volunteers a safety orientation and volunteer guideline training.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Garuda Aviary, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will send you our Volunteer Application and our Volunteer Safety Policies and Guidelines. For qualified applicants, we will hold a volunteer orientation and training session, and will inform you of the date as soon as we have it scheduled.
Thank you for your interest in the Garuda Aviary and we look forward to hearing from you!
The letter below, posted with the full permission of the writer, is a perfect example of why parrots are not suitable as pets. It illustrates why they simply do not fit within people’s limitations to care for them even in the best circumstances. This letter is also just one of many such letters and phone calls received by our stanctuary, as well as all other avian sanctuaries worldwide on a daily basis. The enormity of the problem is truly difficult to grasp.
“Hello, my name is XXXXXXXXXXXX. I am 70 years old and I own (?) a lilac crowned amazon parrot. I just watched your opening video about parrots and your organization. I could have written it myself, and it made me cry, because everything you said and indicated in that video is OH SO TRUE! Parrots are not really ‘pets’. And it is so incredibly wrong to put these intelligent, beautiful creatures in cages. I have had Ringo for 30 years. I got him as a baby parrot (he was born and raised here in the U.S)., but I am facing a heartbreaking dilemma. My husband developed asthma nearly a year ago and his doctor said we should try to find Ringo another home. So, as much as I hated to do this, I began to research the different options available. I had always felt that when I died, it would not be a problem to get him into a NO ADOPTION sanctuary. Needless to say, I was very wrong. EVERY sanctuary is full and has a long waiting list, not to mention they nearly all adopt out the birds they take in. I had already decided that I did not want that, as I knew Ringo would be so heartbroken to lose me, and I didn’t want him to go through that. I have tried to the best of my ability, to give him a happy, and as close to normal life as I could. He hangs out in the trees in my back yard (in the summer), and is able to fly from tree to tree, and I have tried to be his ‘flock’, along with my husband. But, now, my husband’s asthma is getting worse, and to compound the problem, I have developed health issues, also. To the point of them shortening my life, perhaps. I have stepped up my search since then, but nothing is working out. Just last week, I spoke to a veterinarian in a town close by (I live in a very small town) and he has specialized in finding homes for exotic aniimals (including parrots and other birds), and he told me the only solution that was probably going to be available to me, was to put him to sleep! My husband and I have no children, and we have no friends who would be willing to take him. (Or anyone I would be willing to trust to take him). To put him to sleep is something I never thought I would have to contemplate. Is this truly the only answer for him?
If you can help me, I would be so, so very grateful. My husband and I are on a fixed income, and we do not have money to donate to your organization, but perhaps we could try to come up with something. I wish this wasn’t a plea for help, and was a huge donation, instead. I have been through so many dead ends in the last year, that I do not know where to turn. If you have any suggestions for me, or, even better, a solution, I would appreciate hearing from you. Please answer this plea, as I don’t want to keep waiting for an answer that never comes.
Thank you for your time, and thank you so much for the work you are doing to educate people on the responsibilities and thought that should go into buying an exotic bird. Believe me, if I could send you a large donation, I would. Your message to the world is so important!”
Pulling a parrot away from its home and into a new one is very hard on the bird. Christopher Zeoli, the Garuda Aviary’s Director of Avian Care, describes why in the Education section of this web site here.
I have been told that you are concerned about animal abuse, and would like to help prevent it. A situation currently exists in our area that needs of the help of concerned people like you.
In August of 2011, a man named Doug Ratcliff, a breeder of exotic birds, refused to give proper care to a number of exotic birds that he owned. Miami Valley Bird Club & Rescue was called in to help feed and care for them. They found that the situation was beyond horrible, and contacted the Humane Officer in Miami County. She refused to bring charges, and helped him dispose of the evidence of many dead and mummified bodies of birds found throughout the home. These birds had roamed freely throughout the structure searching for life-sustaining food and water. That journey meant death for some, since their metal leg bands ensnaring on various protrusions throughout the house; and with no one properly caring for them, they were left to suffer and die. Continue reading The Troy Parrots – A Call For Help
She’s young, she’s beautiful, and she’s dangerous! Three-year-old Chloe, a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, is the latest addition to the Garuda Aviary flock . . . and she loves guys.
Trouble is, she persistently attacks women—when they are alone. She goes for the face, the chest, the neck, and on one woman (who was running away!) her calf as well. In that incident, someone else along the road had to get 18 stitches.
You never know what you’re getting with a parrot, but chances are it’s a time bomb. Chloe’s behavior has blown up in the face of everyone who’s given her a home, but her behavior isn’t all that unusual for Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, even though— like Chloe— they can be both beautiful and funny.
So it’s no surprise that Chloe’s been through several homes, and has been sold or given away several times after attacks. Her original owner sold her on Craigslist; the elderly couple who bought her found her ready to be picked up in the seller’s front hall. With no contact or conversation about their new animal companion, they didn’t know what they were getting into and— after two attacks in their home— sold her to a pet store. A man who was the next buyer brought her to Animal Control after Chloe attacked his girlfriend.
A staffer at the shelter from which we accepted Chloe asked, ”Now that I’ve told you all this, has that changed your mind?” No!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You wrote letters, made calls, and signed petitions–and the remaining “Troy Parrots” were rescued.
Here are some of the facts as reported by the Troy Daily News:
“… the 16 remaining birds on Daniel Ratcliff’s property were turned over to a Florida-based sanctuary where they will live out their days…”
“(owner) Ratcliff – with the help of legal counsel – relinquished his rights to the birds just prior to the sanctuary removing the birds…”
“The Miami County Humane Society – since the beginning of August – has been investigating a case where several dozen exotic birds were found – some dead, some living in unsatisfactory conditions in an unoccupied house on State Route 55. Seven birds were found dead, according to Miami County Humane Society Agent Sharon Karns, and 10 other birds were taken to a Dayton veterinary clinic.”
“Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak said Tuesday an investigation into the alleged theft of other birds in the house by a bird rescue group previously working with Ratcliff continues. Ten other birds were removed and taken the Dayton South Veterinarian Clinic, where calls to check on their status were not returned Tuesday.”
“The 16 remaining birds include 12 macaws, one each of a bare-eyed cockatoo, African grey, white-eyed conure and an Indian ringneck parakeet.”