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Beginning the New Year

Rico and Rocky in their new aviary. Rico is on his favored perch, as usual.

Rico and Rocky in their new aviary. Rico is on his favored perch, as usual.

I love to write in my blog. I enjoy writing about my experiences and observations with the birds I have. Our recent move has kept me from doing this but it has also given me many things I could write about.

We are moved in, finally. It took quite a while. This move and the new center was quite a project for my husband and myself and it has probably aged the both of us. We are finally getting back to full nights of rest and we are loving our new home. I am up, ready and out in the center by the wee hours of the morning every morning. I love being out there and it is like home for me. The birds are settling in nicely for the most part. Rocky is showing signs of anxiety and stress that he hasn’t exhibited in quite a while. It isn’t in great amounts but the amounts they are in lets me know I need to be working on them and I have been. This issue I will save for a blog post on its own so I can write in detail on my training strategy and outcome.

The flock has grown by two. They were driven here by an animal trainer from Massachusetts. This is also another topic I will be writing about next on

Austin (volunteer) reinforcing desired behavior while cleaning cages.

Austin (volunteer) reinforcing desired behavior while cleaning cages.

my blog. I have a ton of photos, a story, and plenty of training videos to show.

There are a few people who have continuously dedicated their time, efforts, and thoughts in volunteering at the center. I have been so thankful to them for all of their help. This place isn’t just for me and my birds. It is a place I want to share with animals and animal lovers. I have many, many plans for the future.

I have less than a couple of months before I hit the road again. California, Massachusetts, and Chicago are all coming up this spring. I’m focusing on getting the birds ready and the caretakers of the birds ready. So far, I’m very pleased with what I am seeing and I will be writing about this also.

I am happy to say that Rocky is flourishing with all of the people coming through the center for visits, volunteering, and tours. It is so exciting to see all of the interaction he is getting. I love telling people “Sure, go ahead and walk in to Rocky’s cage and bring him out.” He’s come a long way, baby.

So if you have the opportunity to walk through the Birdroom door, make sure you look down at the message etched into the concrete. I hope that message and this center are here for years to come, even after I am gone. This is why we jumped in this project after all. Happy New Year to all.


  1. January 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Glad to hear you are settled and the Birdies are slowly adjusting to their new home. I wish I lives nearby and could help out. If you need any climbing nets I would be happy to make and donate

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      That is very generous of you. I’ve never given one of these to my birds before so it would be interesting to see how they interact with it. Thank you.

  2. January 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Yay! The place looks fabulous! 🙂

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      So does my secretary bird. 😉 I love it!

      • January 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

        Oh good!

        That’s an awfullly big bird you have on your head! I hope he’s potty trained 🙂

  3. Corrie
    January 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Way to go, Lara! Congratulations on your ongoing success. I clicked on your “Schedule” button but get to when and where you’ll be in California. 🙂

  4. palomaperch
    January 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

    You been a BUSY BUSY person! Your place looks fantastic! I know you’re in heaven now with a big place to work with the birds. You’re such an asset to the bird world…both parrots & raptors. I often find myself saying “how would Lara deal with this?”, for instance with my screemer M2. Keep up the great work.

    I love the pic of you with the bird on your head! That’s my Scooter’s fav place to perch also. She’s never shown any aggressiveness by doing that either.

    Cathy 🙂

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