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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
step up!seb
SKILLS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND PARROTS ("STEP-UP") Workshops in the Asheville, NC area
2015 Dates: April 24-26; June 26-28
November 13-15 (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

AUGUST and SEPTEMBER EVENTS, 2015
CARY, NC
SATURDAY
August 29th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St

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].
CHESAPEAKE, VA
SATURDAY
September 12th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Midway Veterinary Hospital
1646 S. Military Hwy

CLICKER TRAINING IN 6 EASY STEPS
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. 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.
ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
September 19th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
31 Landing Place
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BIRDIE GLOSSARY, TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Everything about birds is different - how they eat, breathe, digest their food and mate. Understanding some of the basic terminology will help you to have better conversations with your bird's avian vet. Knowing some of these terms will also help you to be more attentive to their care and potential problems, things that vary from how we care for our other pets. Come join us for a discussion about such interesting things as hypersensitivity syndrome, the uropygial gland, cloanas and regurgitation!
FAIRFAX, VA
SATURDAY
September 26th

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

* NO PLACE LIKE HOME
When we bring a parrot into our lives, from parakeets to macaws, we are offering them a place to call home. What does home mean? For a parrot it might mean a place to be safe, be healthy, have a sense of family, and be provided positive opportunities to live and thrive. This class will address what each of these means to a bird, and give you some ideas about how to continue providing the good life for your bird. [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].

(*) 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)
.

2015 SCHEDULE
VIRGINIA, 2015
January 17 Fairfax/SEAVS JOHN KERNS: * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
February 7 Springfield Behavior Workshop: Every Problem Has A Solution
February 7 Chesapeake LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD * The Contented Companion
February 22 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
March 7 >Springfield * Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information
March 7 Chesapeake Birdie Glossary, Terms You Should Know
March 28 Fairfax/SEAVS * The Contented Companion
April 19 Fairfax/Pender * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
May 2 Springfield JASON CREAN: Holistic Care for Parrots, Whole Food Nutrition
May 9 Chesapeake First Aid Kit Essentials - CANCELLED
May 16 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
June 28 Fairfax/SEAVS * No Place Like Home
July 11 Springfield 12th Annual Luau, Meet Adoptable Parrots!
July 11 Chesapeake * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
July 25 Fairfax/SEAVS * No Place Like Home
August 16 Fairfax/Pender * A Parrot's Point of View
September 12 Springfield * TBD
September 12 Chesapeake ** Clicker Training in 6 Simple Steps
September 26 Fairfax/SEAVS * No Place Like Home
October 3 Springfield FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: The Wisdom of Wild Parrots,What Can We Learn from Them?
October 17 Chesapeake ** Behavior Workshop: Every Problem Has A Solution
October 25 Fairfax/SEAVS * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 7 Springfield **LESLIE SINN, D.V.M.: Normal Avian Behavior
November 21 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
December 5 Chesapeake Toy Making Made Easy
December 12 Springfield MICHELLE UNDERHILL: Boredom Busters: Environmental Enrichment Essentials
December 13 Fairfax/Pender * The Contented Companion
MARYLAND, 2015
February 28 Frederick ** KEVIN BLAYLOCK: An Introduction to Behavior and Training
March 8 Annapolis * ANN BROOKS: Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information
April 11 Anne Arundel * SHARON PFEIFFER: A Parrot's Point of View
May 3 Otter Creek JASON CREAN: Holistic Care for Parrots, Whole Food Nutrition
June 13 Anne Arundel LACY GILMER, D.V.M, Calvert Veterinary Center: Veterinary Care for BIrds of All Ages
July 18 Frederick * MIKE FABRIE: No Place Like Home
August 15 Baltimore PATRICIA SUND: Chop 2.0 - CANCELLED
October 10 Anne Arundel **LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Clicker Training in 6 Simple Steps
November 14 Towsen * LAURA FORD: Caring for the Whole Parrot
NORTH CAROLINA, 2015
January 24 Alexander, The Landing ** Behavior Workshop: Every Problem Has A Solution
January 31 Cary * A Parrot's Point of View
February 28 Alexander, The Landing * Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information (DATE CHANGE from printed calendar)
March 21 Alexander, The Landing * The Contented Companion
April 18 Alexander, The Landing * No Place Like Home
April 24-26 Alexander, The Landing STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
May 16 Alexander, The Landing FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: Disease Prevention/Common Avian Emergencies
June 7 Cary FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: Disease Prevention/Common Avian Emergencies
June 20 Alexander, The Landing * A Parrot's Point of View
June 26 -28 Alexander, The Landing STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
July 18 Alexander, The Landing SHERON HAGELSTON and LIZ OLIVER: Toys with Attitude!
August 15 Alexander, The Landing * Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information
August 29 Cary * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
September 19 Alexander, The Landing Birdie Glossary, Terms Every Parrot Owner Should Know
October 4 Cary * A Parrot's Point of View
October 17 Alexander, The Landing * No Place Like Home
November 13-15 Alexander, The Landing STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots), Advanced Class
November 21 Alexander, The Landing Jeopardy, The Nutrition Version and Some Cooking Too
December 5 Alexander, The Landing * A Parrot's Point of View