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Volunteer At Garuda Aviary!

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

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!

Do You Love Dust & Dander?

No? Then don’t buy a parrot! Parrots create a lot of dander. Much more than any other animal considered to be a pet. Garuda Aviary’s flock creates more dander in a week then the average household creates in a year. In one year, our flock produces more than 6 pounds of dander! That much dander can easily destroy the HVAC system that heats and cools a structure. Every two days, the Aviary’s ventilation return filters are blown clean with an air compressor.

All parrots produce dander; some more than others. The highest levels of dander production come from African Greys and Cockatoos. An atmosphere rich in dander is not only bad for your home’s ventilation system, but also for your body’s ventilation system: your lungs. Countless parrot owners have been forced to abandon their feathered friend after developing a respiratory condition. Respiratory conditions associated with prolonged exposure to parrot dander are known by some of the following names: Parrot Fever, Bird Fancier’s Lung and Parrot Breeder’s disease.

So unless you’re a huge fan of dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, coughing and sneezing, please do not buy a parrot.

What Makes Parrots So Anxious?

(Question #4 from our new FAQ page)..

Parrots are prey (animals hunted for food by carnivorous animals). Parrots recognize humans as predators (animals that hunt and eat other animals) because we can look at them with two eyes at the same time. When a predator hunts prey, they focus their eyes on the prey to determine how far away it is and what they will have to do to catch it. When a predator stares at prey squarely with both eyes, an instinctive fear response is triggered in the prey. This ancient instinct is telling the prey to get away from the predator.

Not only are parrots prey, they are wild prey. There is no such thing as a domesticated parrot. Domestication takes a long time over many generations. Humans had completely domesticated dogs and cats a few thousand years ago. Parrots, however, gained their popularity as pets only within the last 150 years. Any parrot you find in a domestic setting is identical to its counterpart in the wild. Parrots as pets are not “domesticated animals,” rather they are “captive wild prey.” And parrots bred by people are not “domestic bred animals,” they are “wild animals bred in captivity.”

Also, parrots live in flocks. Being prey, gathering in large groups offers safety, as there are many eyes to look out for predators. A parrot’s whole sense of security and even their personal identity revolves around their flock. But we humans don’t buy flocks of parrots. We buy one parrot. We bring that parrot home, put it in a cage that is often too small, and stare at it with our predator eyes. As a result, most parrots in a domestic environment develop anxiety disorders.