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PARROT ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Phoenix Landing hosts educational seminars featuring speakers with special knowledge or experience related to the welfare of parrots. Come and learn more about how parrots think and behave, how you can be a better parrot guardian, and what we can all do towards improving the welfare of parrots both in captivity and in the wild.

You can also meet some of our adoptable birds at most of our events, from parakeets to macaws. However, for health and safety reasons, we ask that you do not bring your birds. We are very careful to insure that foster birds at our events have been vetted, and we strive to minimize the spread of disease.

No registration or fees for our classes are required, unless otherwise specified, so please join us often! Of course we appreciate donations to help cover our facility and speaker costs, and sometimes we will even suggest one. However, we want everyone to come regardless of money. Please take the time to learn something new for your parrot.

We sell lots of wonderful parrot toys and supplies at most of our events, and appreciate your support (except the ones at the Fairfax, VA vet offices). This is one of our primary means of paying for the needs of the parrots under our care. Shopping discounts are available through our Membership Program at www.phoenixlanding.membership.html

(*) indicates those classes that satisfy our adoption requirements such as Things I Wish I'd Known, A Parrot's Point of View, The Contented Companion or Caring for The Whole Parrot. These are comprehensive care seminars, one of which is recommended for all adoptions. The behavior workshops (**) are especially important for those adopting the larger parrots, but are highly recommended for everyone who aspires to a positive relationship with their birds, from parakeets to macaws.



SPECIAL EVENTS
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SKILLS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND PARROTS ("STEP-UP") in Asheville, NC
2014 Dates June 20-22 and August 22-24
November 7-9 (Advanced Class)

An intensive workshop designed to give people an abundance of information about parrot care, from behavior and health, to nutrition and enrichment. In addition to lectures, there will be hands-on training sessions, cooking classes, and time to discuss issues of specific importance to you. For more information, go to phoenixlanding.org/stepup

May and June Events
WELLNESS RETREAT ASHEVILLE, NC
May 3-4, 2014
The Sherrill Center
UNC-Asheville

(Directions)
A remarkable array of veterinarians, scientists and teachers will join us for our 2nd Wellness Retreat. This is an opportunity to learn about many aspects of avian health, from basic topics like first aid and common disease, to the more complex issues like respiration, aging, diagnostics and the parrot brain. Understanding avian medicine makes it easier to work with our veterinarians to protect the well-being of our birds, and give our parrots the opportunity to live the long and healthy lives they deserve. For more information or to register, go to phoenixlanding.org/wellnessretreat
FAIRFAX, VA
SATURDAY
May 17th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services
4105 Rust Road

* THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN
A comprehensive parrot care class for the new and experienced alike. Great for the whole family! We promise you will learn something new. Topics include health, safety, nutrition, enrichment, behavior, and companionship. An essential class for our foster and adoption applicants, or those wishing to volunteer. A perfect class for anyone wishing to learn about many aspects of parrot care, or meet other parrot providers [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
CARY, NC
SUNDAY
JUNE 1st

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AniMall
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St
Suite H8808

A PARROT'S POINT OF VIEW
Parrots are built to fly, forage, and flock together, and in the wild they must be continually on alert for predators. These physical and social attributes still govern how a parrot adapts to their lives in our homes. Do you consider your parrot’s perspective in your daily routines and interactions? Perhaps sometimes you just don’t understand each other because you see things differently? Let’s talk about life from a “Parrot’s Point of View.” [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
SPRINGFIELD, VA
SUNDAY
JUNE 7th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Grace Presbyterian Church
7434 Bath Street

THE PARROT MATCH GAME
Remember the Match Game? In the seventies, host Gene Rayburn posed fill-in-the-blank questions to a contestant and a panel of celebrities. The contestant recorded the answer, and scored points when a celebrity was able to match the answer. Join us for a fun and educational version of this classic game show with parrots as the theme. How would you respond to such questions as “I clean my parrot's cage with ___________” or “When I run the vacuum cleaner, my parrot _______.” Be a contestant and maybe win a prize!
ANNE ARUNDEL, MD
SATURDAY
JUNE 14th
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
More info soon
LAURA FORD: FUN WITH FORAGING
A wild parrot spends 50-70% of their day searching, manipulating and eating their food. This is also known as foraging. What does your parrot do all day? Laura will share some of her wonderful ideas about how to make foraging fun, so your captive parrot will find joy and a sense of empowerment through the choice of foraging opportunities!
ALEXANDER, NC
JUNE 20-22

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
SKILLS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND PARROTS (STEP-UP WORKSHOP)
An intensive workshop designed to give people an abundance of information about parrot care, from behavior and health, to nutrition and enrichment. In addition to lectures, there will be hands-on training sessions, cooking classes, and time to discuss issues of specific importance to you. For more information, go to phoenixlanding.org/stepup

Stuart target training

ALEXANDER, NC
SUNDAY
JUNE 28th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
434 Cedar Hill Rd
(AKA 31 Landing Place)
Click for Directions

** A PARROT'S POINT OF VIEW
Parrots are built to fly, forage, and flock together, and in the wild they must be continually on alert for predators. These physical and social attributes still govern how a parrot adapts to their lives in our homes. Do you consider your parrot’s perspective in your daily routines and interactions? Perhaps sometimes you just don’t understand each other because you see things differently? Let’s talk about life from a “Parrot’s Point of View.” [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
FAIRFAX, VA
SUNDAY
JUNE 29th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pender Exotics Veterinary Centre
4001 Legato Road
** CLICKER TRAINING FOR PARROTS
Clicker training is a fun way to interact with your bird, but it's also a useful tool for addressing behavioral issues. Once you apply the principles of clicker training to your daily interactions -- regardless of whether your bird is young, old, tame or not-yet-tame, a clown or a perch potato -- you will be amazed at how effectively you will be able to communicate with each other, how much faster you'll build trust, and how quickly your parrot will learn tricks that delight and amaze. This class will be an introduction to clicker training for birds, how it works, why it works, strategies for dealing with "problem" behaviors, ideas for getting started, and pitfalls to avoid.
SPRINGFIELD, VA
SATURDAY
July 12th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Grace Presbyterian Church
7434 Bath Street
11th ANNUAL LUAU, MEET ADOPTABLE PARROTS
Put on your beads and baubles and come to our annual spring Mardi Gras. Meet a wide variety of adoptable birds and learn about different species. If you would like to add a parrot to your life, we hope that you will consider adoption first. Not only will you help a very deserving bird to find a new home, but we will work with you to make the best match for your family AND the bird. Bringing a parrot into your life is a serious decision, especially since birds live a long time and require specialized care. Let us help you to find a bird that will fit your home so you can build a positive, long-lasting relationship! Even if you are not interested in foster or adoption, come have some fun with other people who love birds too!

(*) For classes that satisfy our adoption requirements. Things I Wish I'd Known, The Contented Companion, A Parrot's Point of View and Caring for the Whole Parrot are comprehensive care classes, one of which is recommended for all adoptions. (**) The behavior workshops are important
for those adopting the larger parrots, but are highly recommended for everyone who aspires to a positive relationship with their bird(s)
.

2014 SCHEDULE
VIRGINIA, 2014
January 25 Fairfax/SEAVS *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
January 26 Abingdon *The Contented Companion
February 1 Springfield JANE MARLOW, A Parrot's Family Tree
February 23 Fairfax/Pender *A Parrot's Point of View
March 1 Springfield JASON CREAN, Holistic Care for Parrots
March 22 Chesapeake Nourish to Flourish
March 22 Fairfax/SEAVS **JENNY DRUMMEY: Behavior Workshop: Biting Matters
April 5 Springfield 7th Annual Mardi Gras, Meet More Adoptable Parrots; Plus Nourish to Flourish
April 13 Fairfax/SEAVS *The Contented Companion
May 17 Fairfax/SEAVS *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
June 7 Springfield The Parrot Match Game
June 29 Fairfax/Pender **MELANIE PHUNG: Behavior Workshop: Clicker Training for Parrots
July 12 Springfield 11th Annual Luau, Meet More Adoptable Parrots; Plus LANA PENNINGTON, Estate Planning
July 26 Fairfax/SEAVS *A Parrot's Point of View
August 17 Fairfax/SEAVS
*The Contented Companion
September 6 Springfield JENNY DRUMMEY and LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Exercise, A Necessary Must for Parrots
September 27 Fairfax/SEAVS **JENNY DRUMMEY: Behavior Workshop: Biting Matters
October 4 Springfield FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: Keeping Your Bird Safe: Emergency Care and Disease Prevention
October 26 Fairfax/Pender *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 1 Springfield ANGELA NELSON: Aromatherapy for Parrots
November 15 Fairfax/SEAVS *A Parrot's Point of View
December 6 Springfield REBECCA O'CONNOR: The Perfectly Trained Parrot
December 14 Fairfax/SEAVS **MELANIE PHUNG: Behavior Workshop: Clicker Training for Parrots
MARYLAND, 2014
February 8 Frederick LAURA FORD: *The Contented Companion and Benefits of Plants for Parrots
March 2 Abingdon/Otter Creek JASON CREAN, Holistic Care for Parrots
April 12 Annapolis JANE MARLOWE: **Principles of Positive Reinforcement & LAURA FORD: *Caring for The Whole Parrot
June 14 Anne Arundel LAURA FORD: Fun with Foraging
August 9 Towson LAURA FORD and DEBBIE RUSSELL: *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar and Toy-Making
September 13 Frederick PATRICIA SUND: Grain Bake
October 5 Annapolis FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM
November 2 Abingdon/Otter Creek ANGELA NELSON: Aromatherapy for Parrots
NORTH CAROLINA, 2014
January 25 Alexander (Asheville area) *The Contented Companion
February 2 Cary *The Contented Companion
February 16 Jacksonville *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
February 22 Alexander (Asheville area) Behavior Workshop with KEVIN BLAYLOCK
March 15 Alexander (Asheville area) *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
April 6 Cary The Parrot Match Game
April 12 Alexander (Asheville area) The Parrot Match Game
May 2-4 Alexander (Asheville area) 2nd Wellness Retreat at UNC-A; The Wisdom of Parrots
June 1 Cary *A Parrot's Point of View
June 20-22 Alexander (Asheville area) STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
June 28 Alexander (Asheville area) *A Parrot's Point of View
July 19 Alexander (Asheville area) **Behavior Workshop: Clicker Training
August 3 Cary Toy-Making
August 16 Alexander (Asheville area) *The Contented Companion
August 22-24 Alexander (Asheville area) STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
September 20 Alexander (Asheville area) Jeopardy for Parrots
October 5 Cary Behavior Workshop
October 18 Alexander (Asheville area) *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 7-9 Alexander (Asheville area) STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
November 15 Alexander (Asheville area) PATRICIA SUND: Chop and Grain Bake
December 7 Cary *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
December 13 Alexander (Asheville area) *A Parrot's Point of View